Herbert Pullinger. “Walnut Trees.”
1931. 9 ½ x 11 ¾. Etching. Signed in pencil and in plate with date. PAFA exhibition label on back. Framed. Very good condition.
A life-long resident of Philadelphia and popular teacher at the old Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts from 1923 to 1958, Herbert Pullinger (1878-1961) practiced also as a painter, printmaker, and commercial illustrator. Described as an “urban romantic” at a 1991 exhibit of his works at the Atwater Kent Museum, he was a part of the great art movement of the second quarter of the twentieth century that was characterized by the Ashcan School. He never promoted his art aggressively so prices on his works have remained moderate; however, at his best he is as good as the great names of his time, and he is fondly remembered in the Philadelphia area by former students and friends who knew him well. Ref.: Martin P. Snyder, “Herbert Pullinger of Philadelphia: A Memoir” in North American Prints, 1913-1947
edited by David Tatham. (Syracuse, 2006): 110-122.