Pearson Hall [Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts]
signed and dated (1945) l.r., pencil
3 1/8 x 5 1/2 inches (image)
5 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches (paper)
Thomas Nason's Pearson Hall (Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts) is one of the artist's most highly sought after wood engravings.
As June and Norman Kraeft put it in their seminal volume Great American Prints 1900-1950 (Dover, 1984), "If Robert Frost was poet laureate to New England, Thomas Nason was its laureate of engraving."
Nason, who was born in Dracut, Mass., was an engraver on wood and copper, an illustrator and painter. His only formal training, according to the Kraefts, consisted of life classes in Boston. His career took off after he won first prize for engraving at the Philadelphia Print Club in 1929. Through the 1930s and '40s he was honored by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Library of Congress and the Society of American Etchers, among other organizations. He also received international accolades in the '30s.
Pearson Hall is the first in a series of eight prints for the Phillips Academy. The edition was apparently rather low. The print is catalogued as No. 382 by the Boston Public Library (BPL).
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