Thomas Willoughby Nason (1885 - 1971)
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts and raised in nearby Billerica, Thomas Nason graduated from Tufts College and initially pursued a business career. In the early 1920s, while living in Reading, Massachusetts, his interest in art led him to explore and learn wood engraving and printmaking. In 1931 Nason and his wife Margaret bought an abandoned farm in Lyme, Connecticut, where he lived and pursued his craft for the next forty years. His prints are devoted to the portrayal of the New England landscape with remarkable sensitivity and detail. Though self-taught, Nason mastered the complexities of chiaroscuro wood engraving and produced some twenty-five of them throughout his career. He received many prizes and awards, and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Society of American Etchers and many related organizations. His work is widely held by leading museums and galleries.
Wood engraving, 1949; edition of 350. Image size 8-7/" x 6-3/8" with full margins. Published by Associated American Artists, New York and signed in pencil by the artist lower right margin. A superb impression with light toning in the mat aperture. BPL 462
Passing Cannon Green, Princeton University
Wood engraving, 1941; edition of 200. Image size 8½” x 6½”; sheet size 11½” x 8-3/4”. This is the first print issued by the Princeton Print Club. From the collection of Harold Hugo, long associated with the Meriden Gravure Company. Signed by the artist in the lower margin. Typical of Nason, a superb impression, with moderate toning in the mat aperture. BPL 315
The Meeting House
Wood engraving, 1959; edition of 100. Image size 8" x 7"; sheet size 12½" x 11¼". Signed in pencil by the artist lower right-hand corner. Comstock & Fletcher 572. Fine condition.
Thomas W. Nason - American Printmaker
Offset lithograph, 1993; edition not stated. overall size 14-5/8" x 20½". An exhibition poster published by the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut. The image is a reproduction of Nason's 1944 wood engraving Near Lyme, Sunset. Fine.