Storm Over City Hall. 1936. Etching and aquatint. 11 3/6 x 8 7/8 (sheet 16 x 11 1/2). Edition about 25. An extremely rich impression printed on Rives wove paper, on the full sheet with deckle edges. Published by the New York City WPA. Provenance: gift of the artist to Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio. Another proof is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Signed and titled in pencil. Housed in an archival mat with a gold liner and a dramatic 19 x 16 1/4-inch gold leaf frame. $5,750.
An etcher, painter, teacher, writer, and lecturer Samuel Margolies was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 10, 1897. He studied at the Cooper Union Art School in New York City, the National Academy of Design, and with V. Perard. During the 1930s he was involved in the Queensboro Society of Allied Arts and Crafts and he was also a member of the Society of American Etchers.
From 1935 until 1939 Margolies participated in the Works Progress Administration easel-painting program as a printmaker. Margolies exhibited at the New York World's Fair in 1939, Mineola N. Y. State Fair, 1935 (prize); and the Queensboro Society of Allied Arts and Crafts in 1936 (prizes) and 1937 (prize).
He left the WPA in 1939 to work for the Bundy Corporation as a circuit designer. Margolies taught courses in etching during the 1950s.
He was a member of the Society of American Etchers, American Printmakers, American Veterans Society of Artists, and the American Artists Congress. His work is in the Society of American Etchers, the Library of Congress and various embassies and federal buildings in Washington D. C.
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