Original signed etching of JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES to Thomas G. Corcoran For Sale
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Original signed etching of JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES to Thomas G. Corcoran:
JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMESSIGNED-PRESENTATION OF AN ETCHING OF HIMSELF GIVEN TO HIS LAW CLERK THOMAS G.CORCORAN Fantastic rare signed-presentation etching of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes,given by Holmes to his former law clerk and New Deal "Brain Trust"member Thomas Gardner Corcoran (Tommy Corcoran), who was called "Tommy theCork" by President Roosevelt. This stunning picture would be a wonderfulgift to a lawyer or teacher or an artist, possibly as an addition to a homestudy or a work office. It certainly is eye catching. The signature, to the bottom left of the picture, in Holmes’ writing, reads“Oliver Wendell Holmes to Thomas G. Corcoran”. The artist’s signature to theright is by the artist Franklin T. Wood. The image is of Holmes circ. the1920’s. (The picture is mentioned in theHolmes-Pollock Lettersasbeing received in 1924 by Holmes.) There is no date on the picture itself, butit seems logical that Holmes gave the picture to Corcoran in 1927, after he hadfinished his work for Holmes. Incidentally, Holmes considered picture to be thebest print of himself, at least up to the time he gave it to Corcoran, andperhaps to his death.Franklin T. Wood (1877-1945) is theartist, and he is listed in American Art Directory,Volume 14. He attended the Art Student League, was an illustrator for Leslie’s,and was awarded a bronze medal for his work.
The print with its deep rich black tones, is a copperplate dry-point etching.The picture area measures approx. 13” wide, by 17.5” high. The frame measuresoverall approx. 19.5” wide, by 25” high. The picture itself is in excellentcondition – no tears, missing peaces, fading, etc. The mat (which can be easilyreplaced if a buyer should wish) has some minor age toning. The print is in a‘Hogarth’ style frame of carved black and gold wood.
The plate that this is printed from is in the HarvardUniversity, Harvard Law School Library, and another edition, W416276_1, can be seenthere as well.This is a one of a kind documented, signedprint, marking a moment in time, of one of the greatest Supreme Court Justices,to his favorite clerk, soon to be well known in his own right. This is anoriginal, it is NOT a recent copy.It is truly unique.
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