Jimson Weed
Date: February 1936; Published 1939
Medium: Drypoint
Dimensions: plate: 11 7/8 × 7 15/16 in. (30.2 × 20.2 cm) sheet: 15 7/16 × 12 3/8 in. (39.2 × 31.4 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Charles Lee Reese, 1940
Object Number: 1940-11.238
About: Bertha Jaques made her etchings on a secondhand press after teaching herself the process from instruction manuals. The enthusiasm that she and a small number of self-taught printmakers demonstrated led to the formation of the Chicago Society of Etchers in 1911. As the hardworking secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Society, Jaques managed the hundreds of members and associate members—including print collector and Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts president Dr. Charles Lee Reese. Jimson Weed was selected as the presentation print of the Chicago Society in 1939. This bold composition is typical of Jaques’ late botanical studies that were inspired by Japanese prints. [KEG]
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