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John Taylor Arms

1887 - 1953

The etcher John Taylor Arms (1887–1953) is ranked among the most renowned printmakers in early 20th-century America. Active on both sides of the Atlantic, Arms achieved fame both for his prints of the great cathedrals and picturesque buildings of Europe—he believed that Gothic architecture was mankind’s loftiest achievement—and his equally evocative renderings of modern-day Manhattan.

Trained as an architect, Arms began his career as an architectural draftsman and then turned to printmaking at the close of World War I. He brought to his prints an architect’s eye for richly rendered detail and a genius for conveying the grandeur and drama of a sun-struck stone façade. A technical virtuoso, he sometimes worked his plates with sewing needles to achieve the finest of lines, and he typically used a magnifying glass to capture the subtlest shifts in tone.

Source: Art Daily, http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=42550&int_modo=1