W. R. Locke (1883-1949)

W.R. Locke
"Trinity Church" St. Augustine, Fla.

signed, pencil, l.r.
11 7/8 x 8 inches (plate)
13 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches (paper)


Alfred Hutty student Walter Ronald Locke is known for his etched scenes of the American South, whether set in the cities of St. Augustine, Florida, or Savannah, Georgia, on the Gulf of Mexico beaches or in Florida swamps.

Locke was a native of Winchester, Massachusetts, who settled in Florida. He exhibited through the Society of American Etchers and the Library of Congress. He was affiliated with the Associated American Artists operation of New York City, which published some of his prints. His work is in major collections throughout the nation. Sources note that he had a thing for trees and was exacting in his display of the Southern flora.