Etching in six panels, by Edgar Levy, Adolph Gottlieb, Esther Gottlieb, Lucille Corcos, David Smith and Dorothy Dehner
etched 1933, printed 1974

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Guide to the Six-panel etching by Edgar Levy, Adolph Gottlieb, Esther Gottlieb, Lucille Corcos, David Smith and Dorothy Dehner, 1974

Collection Overview

Repository
Kellen Design Archives
Creator - Etcher
Corcos, Lucille, 1908-
Creator - Etcher
Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-1994
Creator - Etcher
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974
Creator - Etcher
Gottlieb, Esther
Creator - Printmaker
Kirk, Michael
Creator - Etcher
Levy, Edgar W., 1907-1975
Creator - Etcher
Smith, David, 1906-1965
Title
Etching in six panels, by Edgar Levy, Adolph Gottlieb, Esther Gottlieb, Lucille Corcos, David Smith and Dorothy Dehner, etched 1933, printed 1974
Extent
0.1 linear ft: 3 illustrations
Summary
Three impressions from an edition of 100 prints produced in 1974 from a zinc-plate etching created in 1933. The etching is divided into six small panels in which each of the artists etched a portrait of another member of the group.

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Historical note

According to David Levy--Edgar Levy's son and dean of Parsons School of Design during the 1970s and 1980s--the etching was made one evening in 1933. At the Brooklyn Heights apartment of Edgar Levy and Lucille Corcos, the six artists drew lots to decide who would portray whom in an etching. A single proof of the work was made by Adolph Gottlieb in 1933. In 1974, at the request of Edgar Levy and his son, David Corcos Levy, an edition of 100 was made by Michael Kirk on the Charles Brand presses at Parsons School of Design.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of three prints from an edition of 100 made in 1974 from a 1933 zinc-plate etching. The etching is divided into a grid of six panels, in which each of the artists etched a portrait of another member of the group, all on a single etching plate. From top left to right, the portraits are: Lucille Corcos, by Dorothy Dehner; David Smith, by Lucille Corcos; Adolph Gottlieb, by Edgar Levy. Bottom row: Edgar Levy, by Esther Gottlieb; Dorothy Dehner, by Adolph Gottlieb; Esther Gottlieb, by David Smith. A small cat and alligator were etched by Edgar Levy into the middle border, between panels.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives July 29, 2011

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Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by David C. Levy.

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Related Materials

The Smithsonian Archives of American Art holds the papers of all six of the artists who created this etching. The Archives of American Art also owns print number 96/100 of the etching, donated as part of the Andre Emmerich Gallery records and Andre Emmerich papers.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Etchings (prints).
  • Portraits.

Occupation(s)

  • Etchers.
  • Printmakers.

Subject(s)

  • Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Portraits.
  • Fine arts.
  • Prints -- Technique.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Etching  k_4 8

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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