John Taylor Arms. “A Gargoyle, Lincoln Cathedral".
1920. 3 1/8 x 2 (plate mark). Etching. Signed in pencil by the artist. Edition: 50. Very good condition. Fletcher, 92.
John Taylor Arms (1887-1953) was born in Washington, DC. From childhood, he was always interested in French artists who specialized in architectural renderings. This interest led him to study architecture at Princeton University and at M.I.T. After earning his degree, he worked for a few architectural firms and also as a partner in his own firm. Arms first started etching professionally in 1919. His early prints, that depicted Gothic cathedrals of Europe, earned him an enthusiastic following in European cities that continues today. His disciplined technique became increasingly exacting as he reported accurately the most minute patterns in the architectural lacework. A later series, Gargoyles, added bizarre elements to those studies, concerned more with precision than character. Arms’ work was very popular, especially in the 1930s and 1940s. He made 448 prints during his career.