Subway Shift: The Second Front


Spruance, Benton M. – American (1904-1967)
Lithograph, 1943, Fine & Looney 223, edition of 30.
Signed, dated, titled & editioned in pencil.
10 1/4 x 16 1/4

Strong view of the people in the subway.

Wonderful rendition of riders on the subway.

Spruance was part of the Philadelphia School. Spruance was one of the premier Philadelphia artists.

This print is in very good – excellent condition.

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Benton Murdoch Spruance (1904 - 1967) was active/lived in Pennsylvania. Benton Spruance is known for Graphics, landscape, and genre-sports.

Benton Spruance, internationally known artist and a pioneer in color lithography is a native of Philadelphia. While attending architectural classes at the University of Pennsylvania he developed an interest in graphic sketching, which eventually led him to win a competitive scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Over the years he was a recipient of a long list of awards and fellowships including two Cresson Scholarships to travel in Europe and two Guggenheim grants.

In 1967, the Philadelphia College of Art held a special retrospective exhibition of his lithographs in honor of his "distinguished achievement as an artist and as a member of their faculty." During his long career, Mr. Spruance had served for many years on the Philadelphia Art Commission, was the chairman of the Arts Department of Beaver College, Jenkintown, and the chairman of the Printmaking Department of the Philadelphia College of Art. His art is in the collections of the Library of Congress.