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"The Little House"
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In 1915 Arthur Negus Fuller (1879-1945) purchased what was known as the Little Brown House in Deerfield, Massachusetts, for his studio. Its previous owners, Annie Putnam and Madeline Yale Wynne, had removed interior wall partitions and ceilings to convert the house into an artist's studio. The darkened sky in this print dramatizes the snow-covered scene. Arthur was the youngest son of George and Agnes (Higginson) Fuller of Deerfield, Massachusetts. 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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