Philip Kappel (1901 - 1981)
Etcher and book illustrator Philip Kappel was born in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He also studied with marine artist Philip Little in Salem, Massachusetts and was employed as an artist by several American steamship lines. He made six trips around the world on sailing vessels to gather themes, mainly maritime, for his etchings, which held by major American museums and the Biblotheque National in Paris His artwork constitutes s a record of the shipping industry in the United States at its peak. Kappel received many awards for his work. He was the author of several books, including Boothbay Harbor-A Portfolio of Sketches, 1924, Louisiana Gallery, 1950, Jamaica Gallery, 1960, and New England Gallery, 1966.
Etching, 1952; edition not stated. Image size 9-7/8” x 12-7/8”; sheet size 13” x 17½”. Very good. Faintly toned in sight area. Signed in the plate; titled and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin.
Coasting Down East
Etching and aquatint, 1927; edition of 75. Image size 5-7/8” x 8-3/8”; sheet size 9¼ x 11-3/8”. Signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. Very good overall condition.
Drypoint, ND, edition not stated. Image size 9-3/8” x 7-3/8”; sheet size 15” x 11½”. Very good condition. Watermark “F. J. Head & Co.” light mat burn, remnants of kraft paper tape at upper & lower edges. Slight mat burn outside the perimeter of the plate mark. From the collection of Harold Hugo, long associated with the Meriden Gravure Company.