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George Elbert Burr [1859–1939]


[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]

BURR, George Elbert [1859–1939]

“Fairy Glen–Wales”

before 1915

drypoint etching / 7 3/4 inches by 4 7/8 inches

Considered one of the finest early 20th century engravers, Burr was born in Ohio and attended the Art Institute of Chicago for one year. A four-year project illustrating a catalogue for the Metropolitan Museum in New York City enabled Burr and his wife to undertake a five-year tour of Europe and Great Britain, the likely source of this etching, “Fairy Glen–Wales”. This was exhibited at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition at San Francisco in 1915, which dates the print somewhat earlier. A gift to the Community Collection from the grandchildren of Edith and Ellis McGowan, this was probably purchased during their honeymoon to the Bay Area.

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