October 29 Fine Print Sale

William Bunch Auctions is proud to present a two-day sale of fine art and works on paper on October 29 and 30, 2018.

The first day of the sale will offer a single-owner collection of fine and rare prints, including woodcuts, wood engravings, etchings, copperplate engravings, drypoints, lithographs, and serigraphs. The collection was compiled by a serious patron and collector of the mid-20th century who made his fortune as a prominent attorney in Rittenhouse Square. He lived and bought bi-continentally in Philadelphia, New York, and Paris, and personally knew many of the artists he collected. The stately collection of over 1200 items has been finely preserved out of frames since purchase. Nearly every piece is delicately mounted in an acid-free passepartout, and all were carefully stored away from light and dust from the time they were acquired until now.

The Day 1 sale includes work by 128 artists and spans the 17th-20th centuries. The following is a selection of artists most prominently represented in the collection:

Anders Zorn (1860-1920) was one of Sweden’s most acclaimed and internationally regarded artists. He worked in painting, sculpture, and etching and specialized in nudes and portraiture. His simplistic approach to detailing the human form with short yet elegantly sloped lines and minimal background interference resulted in some of the most realistically rendered nude prints of their Continental heyday.

Lot 14043: Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "The Pilot"

Lot 14046: Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "On Hemso Island"

Joseph Pennell (1857-1926) was a Philadelphia native. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he honed his skills as an etcher and lithographer. He is best known for his depictions of Philadelphia landmarks and cityscapes, all rendered in stunning detail. Pennell was both a talented printmaker and a skilled marketer of his craft, and he published numerous monographs promoting the value of book illustration processes that are today considered integral in spurring the renaissance of print arts and collecting in the 20th century.

Lot 14048: Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "The Stock Exchange, Philadelphia"

Lot 14063: Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "The Forges"

Lot 14069: Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "Steam and Power"

William Lee Hankey (1869-1952) was a British painter and illustrator who specialized in pastoral imagery and studies of mothers and children. He is reputed as one of the most gifted printmakers working in drypoint in the early 20th century. Using varying burin widths and pressure in his etching, he created the illusion of tone without any chemical aids and captured the softness of his subjects’ faces and clothing against dark, often brutal backdrops. Hankey’s depictions of simple domestic and rural life are sentimental and moving in a way that is typically only captured in photograph.

Lot 14113: William Lee Hankey (British