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"(Whistle Stop)" by Keith Shaw Williams, Amer., (1906-1951)
Lithograph, ca. 1930-40, a touched proof, unsigned, 12-1/2 x 8-11/16, on thin cream wood pulp wove paper with approximately 1/2 inch margins, bottom margin unevenly trimmed, a short repaired tear and two tack holes at top margin left & right. A working proof which the artist tacked up to study and add hand drawn additions to for guidance in developing a new state of the print. The numbers on the engine, smoke from the stack, and edges of figures, train and building all show hand drawn revisions. Proofs like this have value in that they record the progression of an artist's ideas for an image providing insight into it's development. The style reminds one strongly of Bellows in the bold simplicity of the figures and strength and interest of the composition. Simply a great railroad image from the artist's estate. Though unsigned, I'm attributing this to Williams based on the previous owner's first hand knowledge and sale of related material from the artist's estate. This lithograph is much bolder in execution than Williams finely detailed etchings I have seen, but the power of the image simply would not let me walk away.