Edition Size: 52
Image Size: 14-9/16 x 19" inches
Sheet Size: 16-1/4 x 20-7/8" inches
Reference: Mason 18; Bellows 147; Myers & Ayers, figure 126
“Artists Judging Works of Art” is a lithograph by American printmaker/painter George Wesley Bellows, done in 1916. The image measures 14-9/16 x 19″. This impression is stone signed by Bellows within the image and is surrogate signed in pencil “Geo Bellows” and initialed “J.B.B.” by the artist’s daughter, Jean Bellows Booth in the lower right margin. It was printed by the artist in an edition of 52 on a thin, antique-white Japanese paper that measures 16-1/4 x 20-7/8″. References for this image include Mason 18; Bellows 147; Myers & Ayers, figure 126.
“Artists Judging Works of Art” was based on a drawing Bellows did for ‘The Masses’ in 1915, which he had titled “Jury Duty”, where he described the figure on the left as the “giant intellect of the connoisseur in the left foreground, straining itself to its aesthetic utmost, and at last bringing forth its prodigious judgment”. Other jurists crowd around an oil painting depicting a female subject. Bellows depicts himself in the upper far right and artist Robert Henri seated in a chair in the lower right.
A note on the editions from the Myers & Ayers catalog, page 158: “A number of working proofs (fig. 125) were made prior to the editioned print (Mason 18; fig. 126), to which Bellows added a glass to the foreground and hair to the head of the man in the center of the print. The inventory cited 75 impressions of this print remaining in the estate at the time of Bellows’ death, while the edition size given in the record book is 52 (Record Book B, p. 106). The discrepancy between these two figures suggests that there were at least 23 working proofs of the lithograph.” – Myers, Jane and Ayers, Linda. George Bellows: The Artist and His Lithographs, 1916 – 1924. Fort Worth, Texas, Amon Carter Museum, 1988.
This impression, like the others found in the estate after the artist’s death, has a surrogate pencil signature “Geo Bellows” in the lower right margin by the artist’s daughter Jean Bellows Booth and is pencil initialed by her beneath the signature.