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  Robert Swain Gifford   (1840-1905)

 
  NEAR THE COAST, 1885-6. Wright 69. Ed. 250. Signed in pencil. A superb impression on Japanese paper. This etching, which Gifford made after his own painting, was commissioned by S.R. Koehler for American Art, 1886. The original oil painting now hangs in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC: it won a $2500 prize at an exhibition in 1885 and was promptly purchased by the MMA. The mood of this image is reflected in Gifford's alternative title, "Solitude." See David G. Wright, R. Swain Gifford: A Catalogue of Etchings: 1865-1891, New Bedford, MA, 2002.
 
 
  Etching, 8 5/8" x 12". $425.
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