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The Etchings of Etcher John Taylor Arms on View at the Chrysler Museum of Art
John Taylor Arms (American, 1887–1953) Gates of the Cit, Etching, Bequest of Dorothy Noyes Arms.
NORFOLK, VA.- The etcher John Taylor Arms (1887–1953) is ranked among the most renowned printmakers in early 20th-century America. The Chrysler Museum of Art presents his work in a free exhibition, An Eye for Architecture: The Etchings of John Taylor Arms, which are on view in the Kaufman Theatre Lobby.

The 23 works on display were selected from the Chrysler’s extensive collection of Arms etchings and memorabilia. Donated in the mid-1950s by the artist’s widow, Dorothy Noyes Arms, the collection includes more than 300 prints, a group of etching tools and steel and copper plates, and one of John and Dorothy’s collaborative publications, The Cathedrals of France.

Active on both sides of the Atlantic, Arms achieved fame both for his prints of the great cathedrals and picturesque buildings of Europe—he believed that Gothic architecture was mankind’s loftiest achievement—and his equally evocative renderings of modern-day Manhattan.

Trained as an architect, Arms began his career as an architectural draftsman and then turned to printmaking at the close of World War I. He brought to his prints an architect’s eye for richly rendered detail and a genius for conveying the grandeur and drama of a sun-struck stone façade. A technical virtuoso, he sometimes worked his plates with sewing needles to achieve the finest of lines, and he typically used a magnifying glass to capture the subtlest shifts in tone.

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