Auction 159, Lot 290

"[Lot of 5 - Wood Engravings of West Point]",

Subject: West Point, New York

Period: 1938 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

5 x 7.1 inches
12.7 x 18 cm

This lot includes 5 full page, colored wood engravings of important West Point locations by Rudolph Ruzicka. Each of the prints is signed in pencil by Ruzicka. The prints were originally commissioned by The Howitzer Staff (USMA) for inclusion in its 1938 yearbook. A brief summary on the inside front cover states the Howitzer staff "has selected this medium for a portfolio of West Point because it seems to possess qualifications singularly appropriate both as regards color and the quality of terse veracity so characteristic of the subject." The list of prints include:

A. Washington Hall.
B. Administration Building.
C. Cullum Hall.
D. Fort Putnam.
E. Cadet Chapel.

The present example was issued separately and is a portfolio of 5 loose prints with additional engravings on the front and inside rear covers (unsigned).


Condition: A

The prints are near fine to fine with an occasional faint spot in unengraved areas of the sheets. Light staining on front cover.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/14/2016