A. J. Van Leshout (1868-1930)

A. J. Van Leshout
Lincoln's Birthplace

signed and dated '29 (l.r.) pencil
6 3/4 by 9 7/8 inches (image)
10 3/4 by 14 3/8 (sheet)


A. J. Van Leshout
Smoking Cowboy

initialed in the plate and dated '30 
9 by 7 1/4 inches (image)
11 by 11 (sheet)


Van Leshout came to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1914, where he worked as a staff artist for the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times. In 1921 he was running the Louisville School of Art, where he installed an etching press, and the area saw a flowering of printmaking that continued into the 1940s.

He is one of the subjects of Black and White: Kentucky Prints and Printmakers from the Collection of Warren and Julie Payne, available on Amazon and eBay.