Leon R Pescheret (1892-1971)
Wrigley Building, Chicago
Etching and drypoint
Sheet: 350 x 272 mm. Plate: 274 x 176 mm
Signed in pencil, lower right. Titled in pencil Wrigley Bridge Chicago lower left
A strong, clean image with no foxing and good platemark. Printed on BFK watermarked paper. A small tear to the left hand paper edge and slight creasing to top right hand and lower right hand paper edges. Light staining to extreme paper edges.
Pescheret was born in England, but emigrated to Washington with his family when his father became chef to the British Ambassador to the United States. In the 1920s, he was training at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he began to experiment with the etching process – a practice which came to dominate his output throughout his life. Some of his most important work is the series of extraordinary, dramatic and almost visionary images of the new towers being erected to the north of the Chicago river in the 1920s and ’30s. This view of the Wrigley Building almost floating above the solid bulk of the Michigan Avenue Bridge with its heavy, blocky traffic, is typically other-worldly.
These images (see our Chicago Towers in the Art Room too) are a powerful evocation of urban America in the early decades of the century.