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"Sailor and Girl" by Clark Fay, Amer., (1894-1956)
Lithograph, 1930's, ed. unknown, printed by Desjobert, Paris, 24 x 16-13/16, unsigned, on thin gray chine colle, affixed to a thick white wove support sheet. The image is fine, there is scattered foxing and two areas of water staining to the bottom margin of the support sheet, just touching the chine at lower left. While all impressions of this print and others I have handled by the artist in the past 20 years have been unsigned, the long mystery of his identity was finally solved for me by the print scholar Janet Flint, who recognized his work immediately. Originally a successful illustrator and then a printmaker, Fay divided his career between the Westport, CT artist's community and Paris. Often exhibiting an Art Deco flair, his work desrves to be better known, as this large and impressive lithograph attests. It can hold it's own with any by Bellows or Marsh.