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John Taylor
Near Kingston
Allocated by the U.S. Government Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
The print depicts a walled town situated on top of a hill. Farmland, with assorted trees and enclosures, as well as telephone poles, stretches out below the walled village, especially in the middle and lower right portion of the image. While the lower left foreground remains largely empty, a body of water, with a boat, is visible in the top left background. The hilltop town clusters around a tower, which is circled by birds. Clouds are lightly indicated, as is smoke rising from several chimneys in the village.<br />
On plate lower right: "St. Paul, Alpes, Maritimes/Arms 1927". Signed lower right in margin: "John Taylor Arms - 1927".
John Taylor Arms (American (North American))
Saint Paul, Alpes Maritimes
Gift of Carl Fredric Clarke
This image builds up from a densely packed lower foreground, comprised of a tree and sloping rooftops littered with chimneys. A church tower, surrounded by birds, rises against a blank sky in the top center of the image, forming an overall pyramidal composition that leads the viewer&rsquo;s eye up. The roofs of the houses in the foreground seem to waver with unevenly laid shingles, indicating that this is an old village. The church tower combines a gothic-style rose window and pointed arches with rounded windows and a much less ornately ornamented belltower, all more characteristic of Romanesque and Renaissance styles than Gothic.<br />
The style of etching combines both precise descriptive detail and more summary, sketchy renderings.&nbsp;Title in pencil, lower left of margin. Signed and dated in pencil right of center below platemark: &quot;John Taylor Arms, 1932&quot;.
John Taylor Arms (American (North American))
Église Saint Gervaise, Gisors
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection
In this strongly vertical composition, a tall archway frames a view of the chatoic maze of further arches, roofs, walls and windows along a small, winding side street. The artist selectively describes various material details, such as the stones and bricks of the walls, and the sagging tile roofs. All elements in the image seem to register the effects of time.<br />
The title “STREET IN PORTO MAURIZIO” is etched by hand in the plate just below the lower left edge of the composition.
John Taylor Arms (American (North American))
Street in Porto Maurizio
Gift of Clan Crawford, Jr.
The print depicts a three-story building with a large tower. The building is made of stucco and brick, with several balconies. The tower features a clock on its front face, and an arcaded belfry. An ornate spire crowns the structure. Cypress trees stand along the front of the building at the edge of a drive and yard. A somewhat stormy-looking sky casts strong shadows of the trees against the building. <br />
Signed and dated in pencil below the image, lower left, "II", and lower right, “John Taylor Arms - 1935”<br />
John Taylor Arms (American (North American))
Santa Maria Major, Ronda
Museum Purchase
A Gothic-style church tower is seen in the middle distance. It dominates a cloudless sky in the upper portion of the image, with trees rising behind the lower portion of the building and a single story outcropping of the building expanding to the tower's left. The architectural details, especially the carved stonework and patterned brickwork, are rendered with precision.<br />
Signed and dated lower right on plate: "John Taylor Arms. 1937". Signed and dated lower right below plate in pencil: "John Taylor Arms 1937".<br />
Watermark: England
John Taylor Arms (American (North American))
Anglia Antiqua, West Walton
Gift of Carl Fredric Clarke
The vertical rectangular space of the image is completely filled with a detailed rendering of a section of an intricate Gothic portal façade. In the foreground a checked tile floor creates a recession into the space. In the center of the composition two doors are framed by a high, pointed arch. The space of the arch is filled with fine cut-out ornamental stonework. Arched niches containing figural sculptures flank each side of the main archway, and one also separates the two doors. The top of the image is framed by two rows of geometric ornamental decor. <br />
Beneath the image is an ornamental panel of simulated marble, on which the title of the image is written in gothic script: "Eglise Notre Dame / Les Andelys".<br />
Signed and dated: "John Taylor Arms / 1946"
John Taylor Arms (American (North American))
Precious Stones, Eglise Notre Dame, Les Andelys
Bequest of Carl F. Clarke