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Prints & Multiples

13 – 23 June 2023

Bonhams is excited to offer a selection of Paul Landacre's wood engravings from the distinguished collection of Delmer and Mary Lou Daves. Landacre took an interest in art after developing an illness which left him unable to fulfil his dreams of being an athlete. In 1925 Landacre and his wife, Margaret McCreery, settled in Los Angeles where he enrolled in drawing courses at the Otis Art Institute and in his spare time studied the art of printmaking. Margaret, in awe of her husband's gift, shared his work with Jake Zeitlin who launched Landacre's career by hosting his first exhibition at his local bookstore. Zeitlin was not only an enthusiastic bookseller, but he was also a lover of the printing process itself. Throughout his life, he supported an array of artists and their creative processes. He later co-founded the Rounce & Coffin Club which actively encouraged fine printing in Southern California regions. Through his relationship Zeitlin, Landacre became acquainted with Delmar and Mary Lou Daves who greatly championed his work and were among his earliest and most loyal collectors. With the support of the Daves and Zeitlin, Landacre was able to seriously pursue a career in printmaking and is now remembered as one of America's finest wood engravers.

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