Vengeance

Paul LANDACRE
Date
1942
Description

Edition 100. Signed and titled in pencil. The red petrel estate stamp, bottom right sheet edge, recto. Origins of Art stamp, bottom left sheet corner, verso. One of only two signed impressions. Wien 39.

Image size 12 1/16 x 8 3/4 inches (306 x 222 mm); sheet size 14 9/16 x 10 1/2 inches (370 x 267 mm).

A superb, richly-inked impression, on cream wove Japan paper, the full sheet with margins (7/8 to 1 3/8 inches); attached with the artist’s brown paper hinges to the artist’s original paper mat, annotated in the artist’s hand, Paul Landacre Vengeance in the top left backing board corner, verso, in excellent condition.

In 1942, Richard Millar, who had been a member of the Landacre Association in the 1930s, was serving as president of the Vultee Aircraft Company, when Jake Zeitlin (Landacre’s dealer) suggested that Millar commission Landacre create a set of wood engravings of Vultee planes. Millar made an agreement with Landacre to produce three wood engravings of Vultee planes in editions of 100 signed prints each. 'Vengeance', the name designated by Vultee for its new dive bomber was the only one of the three commissioned works that Landacre completed. Although the Lehman Biography records the completion of the edition of Vengeance (p. 166), the absence of signed impressions in the marketplace as well as in public collections suggests that few impressions of Vengeance were printed and only two signed impressions have been recorded. According to an art student at Pomona College who had helped Landacre during his residency there in 1940 and stayed in touch with him afterward, the project may have terminated prematurely due to a disagreement between Landacre and his sponsor over the commercial use of the print. (Bertram P. Spencer to Anthony Lehman, undated letter [circa 1980].

Collection: The Wolfsonian Museum (Florida International University, Miami Beach).







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