In addition to custom framing, we also have an extensive gallery of artwork that we have collected over the years. From vintage maps to original artwork to limited edition prints, we have quite an inventory! One such piece we’d like to highlight is an etching by American artist Edith Loring Getchell (1855-1940). When we acquired the piece, it had visible signs of aging and acid burns, so we decided to have it restored. The artist is prolific and worth noting, and the transformation is dramatic! So, we wanted to put a spotlight on this particular piece!
Who was Edith Loring Getchell?
Getchell was born as Edith “Ella” Loring Peirce in 1855 in Bristol, PA, later becoming Edith Loring Getchell in 1885. As an artist, she was a notable landscape painter and etcher. In 1886, she was one of only two women included in a book on America’s leading etchers. She studied painting, printmaking, and textile design at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, where one of her teachers was the tonalist William Sartain. She then studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts with landscape painter Robert Swain Gifford and realist Thomas Eakins.
Getchell was known for her exquisite tonalism, fine detail, and masterful renderings of nature’s subtleties. This particular etching we have in our collection is certainly no exception. In 1988, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA included her work in an exhibition of female American etchers. To describe her work, the curator Phyllis Peet cited a 1902 review from Will Jenkins:
“The work of Edith Loring Getchell is vigorous, original and effective without affectation…Her hand is particularly sympathetic to all that is beautiful in foliation and growth of trees, atmospheric or climatic conditions of light, and those subtleties of nature best adapted to expression with the point.”
Before & After Restoration
When we first acquired this piece, it had visible signs of aging and acid burns. Since restoration is a service we outsource to a partner, we contacted local Philadelphia paper Conservator Corine McHugh to handle this piece. The before and after images highlight the differences the conservation made. The details appear sharper, and the tonality of the piece really shines through.
We surrounded the piece with a Crescent cotton rag mat that matches the tone of the paper, and adorned it with a hand applied gold French line to set it off. Finally, we archivally mounted the piece, and presented it in its original antique frame, glazed it with Tru Vue 99% UV protective museum acrylic.
This piece is available to purchase on our online shop for $2,800, along with over a hundred other pieces of framed and unframed artwork. Make sure to give our shop a look and see what else catches your eye!