Connett’s ‘Woodcock’

Etching of a Woodcock Head.

N.p: n.d.

Price: $1,750.00

About the item

Edition of 15. Signed lower right by the artist in pencil “Eugene V. Connett” with his presentation inscription in pencil at lower left, “Only 15 proofs were pulled from this plate, this is No. 7 for Samuel Milbank”. 13 x 12 inches (Image 205 x 155 mm to plate mark). Connett’s ‘Woodcock’. Fine. Matted, framed and glazed in bird’s eye maple. Provenance: Samuel Milbank.

Item #302608

Superb original etching by sportsman and Derrydale Press publisher Eugene V. Connett 3rd, whose few artworks give evidence of his keen eye and innate talent. This etching — one of only two he ever did, by all accounts — is an attractive head of an American Woodcock (undated, 1920s?), a subject he knew well, and its execution is at the highest level (note the subtleties of the head and eye). Connett knew the bird as artist, author, and sportsman: he wrote on woodcock shooting and edited the Derrydale volume on Upland Game Bird Shooting in America (1930).

This print is a presentation to Samuel Milbank, investment banker and a long-time trustee of Barnard College.