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"By the River"
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One of two known prints dated 1920, Arthur Fuller's early colored etchings confirm his enthusiasm for color. While his rendering of the river's edge is naturalistic, he took artistic license with his choice of colors for the sky. Arthur Negus Fuller (1879-1945) 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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