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"The Pool in the Woods"
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The pool in wooded area near Deerfield's north meadows was a destination for artists. Around 1900, Frances and Mary Allen photographed it from a nearly identical angle to the one used by Arthur Negus Fuller (1879-1945) in this intaglio etching. In 1938, Fuller exhibited The Pool in the Woods in the Deerfield Valley Art Association exhibition at the Hall Tavern in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Arthur was the youngest son of George and Agnes (Higginson) Fuller of Deerfield, Massachusetts. In 1915, Arthur purchased the Little Brown House and studio barn on Albany Road. That same year, Fuller began printing monotypes. In 1919, he bought a printing press with his brother, Henry, for their shared Boston studio, and in 1920, they bought a second press for their studio at the Little Brown House. Arthur's first intaglio etchings date from this time. His earliest intaglio, or colored, etchings were printed with a single pass through the press. Fuller accomplished this by first inking the lines on the copper plate, wiping off the excess, then lightly daubing ink where he wanted color, using the tip of a twisted cloth, à la poupée. Consequently, each intaglio print in an edition is slightly differently from the next.
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