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DIANA THORNE DRYPOINT ETCHING THE SPELLBINDER

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Rare Original Diana Thorne Engraving “The Spellbindersâ€. Titled and signed by the artist in pencil c. 1925-1928. This illustration went on to be drypoint etching Plate 5 in the book the Human Comedy with the title changed to “Bigger an' Betterâ€. This is a very scarce impossible to find etching. Measures 19x15x.50 Weight 3 pds. PROVENANCE: From the estate of her fellow illustrator and friend R. John Holmgren. Measures Diana Thorne was born Ann Woursell on October 7, 1895 in Odessa, Russia. Thorne's parents were Chaim and Rose Woursell. In 1910, Canada opened its doors to immigrants fleeing Russia. The family then left Canada for Germany around 1912 where Thorne took her first formal art studies at the Imperial Academy in Munich and Charlottenburg Technical College in Berlin. The First World War began two years later and Thorne and her family were subsequently detained by the German government. They managed to escape to England, where Thorne was said to have supported herself as a reporter, librarian, writer, bicycle shop owner, and typewriter repair person. At this time she began her first experiments in both illustration and etching and was said to have studied with artist William Strang. On September 27, 1920, Thorne and several of her family members arrived in the United States. Her first published etching, titled "Rollin' Home", was well received in 1926. From this point on, she became an established artist. Thorne began commercial artwork in New York City in 1929. The author-illustrator of more than forty books and illustrator of more than fifty, Thorne's main reason for success was a total dedication to her drawing and a deep love for her subject matter. A sportswoman and owner of dogs herself, Thorne illustrated (and often authored) children's books dealing with dogs and animal life. In addition to dog etchings, she is also known for a series of socially sensitive etchings published in a 1928 portfolio, "The Human Comedy". Thorne also executed a series of popular sports etchings featuring topics such as skiing and boxing which were characterized by multiple images engraved on the same plate. Diana Thorne was most active between the 1920s and 1940s. Sadly, she was diagnosed as mentally ill and committed to New York City's Belleville Hospital in September 1962. Thorne died in July 1963. Reference: Dianathorne.com
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DIANA THORNE DRYPOINT ETCHING THE SPELLBINDER

Estimate $300 - $400Dec 06, 2015
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