John Taylor Arms. "U.S.S. Columbia under Construction at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, N.J."
1945. 12 3/8 x 17 1/2 plus full margins. Etching and drypoint. Pencil signed & dated, lower right margin; incribed "II," lower left margin. Slight sun lightening. Very good condition. Edition: 766. Fletcher, 390.
John Taylor Arms (1887-1953) was a prolific artist/printmaker of many subjects. Educated as an architect he began issuing fine arts prints in the 1920s. Much of his work depicts medieval architecture, but he also did landscapes. During World War II he executed a “Navy Series” for the U.S. Government to celebrate the enormous and noble output of war materiel by American industry. Grandeur is conveyed through the large size and photographic detail of this print and all those in the series.