Pennell in his studio with printing press. Image is somewhat faded. Identification on accompanying label (typewritten): Joseph Pennell (1857-1926) was a pen-and-ink draughtsman, lithographer and etcher. He lived from 1884 to 1912 in London where he received many commissions and among them was one to write Whistler's biography. He left London to do a series of lithographs on the Panama Canal; returning to New York he spent his remaining life illustrating the American scene of skyscrapers, New York harbor and industrial scenes. Joseph Pennell in his studio with printing press (ca. 1917). A notable lithographer and etcher, Pennell left Philadelphia in 1884 for London where he lived for nearly thirty years and occasionally painted for Whistler. Upon returning to New York, he produced etchings of the American industrial landscape. He is also remembered for a biography of his friend, J.A.M. Whistler. Published in: Archives of American Art Journal v. 9, no. 3, p. 3; v. 30, no. 1-4, p. 20.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560