Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Morgan Dennis' drypoint, “When do we eat?”, c1925
Morgan Dennis (1892–1960)
“When do we eat?”, c1925, featured in the advertisement campaign for Texaco Oils (see https://www.texaco.com/history), “Drain Fill and then Listen.”
Note: Hamshere Gallery attributes the date of execution of this print as c1925. This date seems realistic as a Texaco advertisement featuring this design was published in April, 1932 on the back of “The Literary Digest”. Regarding this print, Hamshere Gallery offers the following information:
“…Texaco Company bought the copyright and distributed complimentary copies of ‘Listen’ through ‘The Texaco Exhibit, Central Pier, 1400 Broadwalk, Atlantic City’. Sculptures titled ‘Listen’ were also produced.
Etching and drypoint on cream wove paper, signed in the plate at lower left and in pencil at lower right.
Size: (sheet) 14.2 x 18.9 cm; (plate) 8.6 x 12.6 cm.
Inscribed on plate: (lower left corner) “MORGAN DENNIS -”
Signed in pencil by the artist below the platemark at lower right.
See a brief description of this print auctioned at Sotheby’s on 21 March 2013, London: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/mark-birley-collection/lot.141.html
Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression, signed in the plate and in pencil in the lower margin. There are minor marks verso from previous mounting, otherwise the sheet is in near pristine condition.
I am selling this gorgeous etching capturing these very cute terriers’ request to be fed through the slightest tilt of their heads—a subtle feat of non-verbal communication matching the artist’s label design for “Black & White Whiskey” featuring another pair of Scottish terriers—for the total cost of AU$340 (currently US$232.81/EUR210.52/GBP186.72 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this small, but powerfully expressive and beautifully executed print, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.