Arms, John Taylor – American (1887-1953)
Etching and Aquatint, 1921. In Color. Edition of 25.
Signed and dated in pencil. Framed.
9 1/2 x 7 1/2
This print is in very good – excellent condition.
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John Taylor Arms (1887 - 1953) was active/lived in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, and New York. John Arms is known for Etching, art education, and illustration.
One of the more famous printmaker of the early 20th century, John Taylor Arms was known for his medieval architectural etchings that combined precise realism with a sense of soaring spirituality. He believed that Gothic architecture was man's greatest achievement, uniting spiritual and aesthetic values, and was best known for his renderings of gargoyles and European churches. He was remarkably prolific, considering that he worked slowly and deliberately and spent much time traveling, writing, and lecturing.
He was born in Washington D.C., and studied law at Princeton University and then transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study architecture, earning a master’s degree in 1912. For five years after his graduation, he worked for Carrere and Hastings, an architectural firm and then became a partner in another firm named Clark and Adams.
In 1913, he made his first etching and by 1927 began exhibiting his architectural works.