New York: The Derrydale Press, 1941.
No. 1 of an edition of 250 prints, signed. Hand-colored aquatint, signed in pencil “Roland Clark” at lower right. 1 vols. Image 19 x 15-1/2 inches, plus caption and margins; handsomely matted and framed to 32 x 25 inches overall. COPY NUMBER ONE, PUBLISHER’S OWN PRINT. Fine condition. Original black frame with gilt rule. Siegel 194-95; Ordeman, The Aquatints, Drypoints and Etchings of The Derrydale Press, pp. 29-31; Ordeman (2005) pp. 37-48. Provenance: Eugene V. Connett 3rd; his son, Eugene V. Connett IV. Item #242652
"Roland Clark's works are among the most sought after" states Siegel in his bibliography of The Derrydale Press. Two of Clark's paintings, each depicting a single bird in its appropriate landscape, were issued in editions of 250 prints from 1937 through 1941; this print, "Dropping In" was the exception, as it shows a single goose in the foreground and a pair of geese in the middle distance as well. Echoing Siegel, Ordeman notes, "The Roland Clark waterfowl prints are among the most highly regarded of the works published by the Press, and they certainly are the best known of the Derrydale prints." Roland Clark (1874-1957) was one of America's finest sporting artists; his etchings, drypoints, aquatints, oils and watercolors are highly sought after, as are his four books, Stray Shots, Gunner's Dawn, Roland Clark's Etchings, and Pot Luck. He studied at The Art Student's League in New York, had a number of successful one-man shows, and won the 1938 Federal Duck Stamp Competition. The popularity of his work has remained undiminished over the years.
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