Martin Lewis

Artist's Biography

Glow of the City.

Drypoint, 1929.
Image size 11 1/4 x 14 1/4" (28.8 x 36.2 cm).
Very good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 126
Price: SOLD
Publisher :
The edition [100] was sold out by February 21, 1931.

One of Martin Lewis most famous images which some consider his finest print. He was awarded the Charles M. Lee Prize for this image in the 1930 exhibition at the Print Club of Philadelphia.

The Chanin Building can be seen in the background. The Chanin Building was designed by Sloan & Robertson with the assistance of Jacques Delamarre. It is one of the Art Deco marvels in New York City. It was built between 1927 and 1929 and is 56 stories high and is located on 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue cattycorner to the Chrysler Building. The base has black Belgium marble and a bronze frieze depicting scenes of evolution. There is a second frieze, design of angles and leaves, in terra-cotta that runs the height of the building. The top of the building makes it unique and Lewis captured it gracefully in this image.

The steeple center left is St. Gabriel's Church, a former Roman Catholic Church, and was located at 310 East 37th Street near Second Avenue. The parish was closed in 1939 to make way for the construction of the Midtown Tunnel linking Manhattan and Queens.

Signed in plate. Signed in pencil. Inscribed "imp."
20th Century Subjects , New York City , Manhattan - Midtown