Gilbert Fletcher (1883 - 1933)
An early practitioner of color linoleum block printing, Fletcher was born in Mankato, Minnesota, attended the Minneapolis Art School, and continued his art studies a the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the Institute of Design in New York City. In the early years of his career, he made use of his commercial art training with work for leading newspapers and periodicals including the New York Tribune, the Saturday Evening Post, and the Philadelphia Record.
In the early 1920’s he began cutting blocks from both wood and linoleum. With experience, his blocks progressively increased in size until some reached six feet square, and were used to print fabric. In 1922, Fletcher became the art editor for the New York Herald, and remained in this position until he joined the New York Tribune. Fletcher moved from New York City to Towners, New York, where he established a studio and used it until 1928. Ill health forced Fletcher to leave the northeast and move to a drier climate. He died at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Linoleum cut in three colors, 1927; edition not stated. Image size 3-3/4" x 5-7/8"; sheet size 5-5/8” x 9”. Initialed "F" in the block. Published in The Print Connoisseur, Volume VII Number 3, July, 1927. Very faint crease mark in lower left corner of sheet well outside the margins.