Lot Details & Additional Photographs
To include Waite Hall, Wake Forest College [Wake Forest University], Wake Forest, North Carolina
and The Belo House, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
, both pencil signed and titled, from Orr's series of North Carolina landmarks completed between 1939-1952, matted and framed.
Platemark 8 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (the reverse for the second); Frame dimensions 18 1/4 x 15 1/4 in.Private Collection of Louis Orr Etchings, North Carolina
Louis Orr is best known for these remarkably detailed and highly collectible etchings that illustrate historic landmarks throughout North Carolina. Born in Connecticut and spending much of his formative years in Paris, people fervently began collecting Orr’s work in both countries in the early 20th century. Orr was the first American artist to have work in the permanent collection of the Louvre Museum, and his were also the first etchings to ever join the Louvre’s collection.
Robert Humber, the prominent arts advocate from North Carolina, later commissioned Orr to complete this special series of NC etchings to showcase the beauty of the State. The project took twelve years to complete, and Orr and Humber traveled from town to town with Orr faithfully depicting important landmarks throughout.
Some light toning to the first; few fait foxing marks to the second; light frame wear; not examined out of frames.