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Martin Lewis, N.A. 1881-1962.

Bay Windows. 1929. Drypoint and sandpaper ground. McCarron 80. 11 5/8 x 7 7/8 (29.7 by 19.4 cm.) (sheet 16 5/8 x 10 1/2 (42.4 by 26.9.). Edition 104. A fine impression in good condition printed on wove paper with wide margins. Signed and annotated "imp" in pencil, indicating a proof printed by the artist. $37,500.

According to McCarron, "Despite the title that appears in Lewis' record book -- Bay Widows, Lexington Avenue, Snowy Day -- the location depicted in the print is Madison Avenue at Thirty-fifth Street. It can be identified by the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation seen at the left, located near Lewis's Thirty-fourth Street Studio.

Like Relics [Speakeasy Corner] (No. 74) of 1928. Bay Windows was a popular print that sold out quickly.

Lewis's rendering of the delicate traceries of piled snow dusting the protruding cornices, stoop edges, fence railing, fire hydrant and windowpanes is especially sensitive. The slanting figure of the woman holding an umbrella recalls Japanese Ukiyo-e prints and echoes Lewis's own etchings of Japan..." (page 147).

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