James Edmund Allen (1894 - 1964)
Illustrator, lithographer and etcher James Edmund Allen was born in Louisiana, Missouri and raised in Montana. He studied drawing and painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, then went to New York for further studies at theArt Students’ League, the Grand Central School of Art, and the Hans Hoffman School. He studied with Joseph Pennell and William Auerbach-Levy.
In the years prior to World War I, Allen worked as an illustrator for Doubleday, Page and Company, and contributed freelance work to leading periodicals including The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s Magazine. He enlisted as a pilot during the war, and returned to his career after discharge. In 1925, Allen studied in Paris where he explored and perfected various printmaking techniques.
He returned to New York during the Depression and worked as a commercial artist; during that period his work won widespread recognition, and Allen received prizes from New York’s Salmagundi Club, the Society of American Etchers, and the Philadelphia Print Club. He exhibited his work in galleries throughout the 1930s, including at the Kennedy and Grand Central Galleries. Allen later exhibited and acted as a juror for exhibitions at the Society of American Etchers. He died in New York City.
Arch of Steel
Lithograph, 1937; edition of 25. Image size 14¾" x 11½." Archival mat and mount in custom frame, ex corporate collection of the Richard E. Jacobs Group, Cleveland, Ohio. A superb impression of this dramatic image, one of many scenes created by Allen depicting large-scale construction projects in Depression-era America. Ryan 2.
Lithograph, 1936; edition not stated. Image size 12-7/8” x 9”; sheet size 16” x 11-3/8”. A good image with printing voids in the upper half of the sheet and faint toning in the sight area.