John Henry Twachtman (1853–1902)

John Henry Twachtman
Dock at Newport, 1893

etching on laid paper
initialed, plate, l.r.
4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (image)
7 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches (sheet)


John Twachtman, a Cincinnati native, is a personal favorite. He was one of America’s great Impressionists, both in painting and in printmaking, a true painter-etcher like his contemporaries, Frank Duveneck and Childe Hassam. Twachtman and Hassam were members of “The Ten,” a group of artists working in New York City who shared an Impressionist aesthetic.

Twachtman studied in Munich and Venice with Duveneck and William Merritt Chase. Around this time he was exposed to the Venetian etchings and pastels of James A.M. Whistler, and his work reflected the experience. Twachtman had been moving beyond Impressionism when his life was cut short at the age of 49.

Our etching was published in the New York Etching Club catalog of 1893, a scarce lifetime impression. Twachtman’s painting The Landing Newport shows the same scene.