Joseph Pennell

Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) was an etcher, lithographer, illustrator and author. He is one of the best known and respected of American artists from the etching revival period. Born in Philadelphia, Pennell trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and at the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Art, and later he taught at the National Academy and the Art Students League in New York City. From 1883, Pennell spent most of his time in Europe, until 1917 when he moved back permanently to the United States. Over his distinguished and prolific career, he won many medals and awards in the United States and in Europe, and is considered one of the great etching innovators of the time. Amongst his other achievements, Pennell illustrated and authored many books, contributed to leading magazines and was one of the founders of the Philadelphia Society of Etchers. Pennell's major influence was James McNeill Whistler, whose biography he co-authored with his wife, and much of his style and etching technique reflects Whistler's. His prints had many themes, including monuments, cities, factories and for one documentary series, the Panama Canal. Pennell printed many of his own lithographs and etchings, and he continuously experimented with techniques and materials. His work is desirable for his technique, artistic style and the varied subject matter that he so imaginatively portrayed. We have fifteen of his etchings.


St. Anstell, 1896

The Boat Builders, 1917

Panama City from the Tivoli Hotel, 1912

The Tunnel, Montaque Terrace, 1924

Not Naples, But, New York, 1921

Rainey Night, Charing Cross Shops, 1903

Beddiford, 1897

Foundations at the Cathedral Saks Building, 1923

St. Paul's Pavment, 1905

Truro Cathedral from the River, 1897

Somerset House and Waterloo Bridge, 1905

The Woolworth, through the Arch, 1898