Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Etchings, both pencil signed and titled, each a proof for Orr's series of North Carolina landmarks completed between 1939-1952, the first hand inscribed "The Old Mint, Charlotte, North Carolina (One of three trial proofs of First State, before changing façade)," the second hand inscribed "Orton Plantation House / Trial proof - before beveling copper," unframed.
The works offered here are from a special collection of trial proofs made in preparation for Orr's famous North Carolina etchings. Many have extensive drawing and notations by Orr.
Platemark 7 3/4 x 9 7/8 in., Sheet size 15 1/4 x 12 3/4 in. (the first); Platemark 10 1/8 x 8 1/4 in., Sheet size 13 1/4 x 10 3/4 in. (the second)
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.
Each in nice condition with some margin wear (mostly to the second - crease upper left and small nick; pencil mark and hinging tape at left).