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THOMAS W. NASON (American / 1889-1971)

Thomas Willoughby Nason grew up on a small farm in Billerica, Massachusetts. He made his first wood engraving in 1921. Essentially self-taught, he became a highly-skilled wood engraver, and is regarded as one of the American masters of this painstaking art. He was often described as "the poet engraver of New England". Nason's work shares a world of feeling and observation with the poet Robert Frost, and it is no surprise that the two were friends and longterm collaborators. This friendship is reflected in the title of the 2009 exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, "The Road Less Traveled: Thomas Nason's Rural New England". Nason and his wife moved to the artists' colony of Lyme in 1931, and lived there until his death. As a consequence the Florence Griswold Museum has a large Nason archive, including papers, engraving tools, and wood blocks, as well as prints. There is a catalogue raisonné by Comstock & Fletcher, The Work of Thomas W. Mason (Boston Public Library, 1977). Thomas Nason's prints were generally issued in small editions of 40 or so. Our six prints were contributed in 1926 to the journal The Print Connoisseur to accompany an essay on Nason's work.

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Selected prints by THOMAS W. NASON

Old Boston Houses, 1926
Wood engraving
The Blacksmith's
Shop, 1926
Wood engraving
Church of the
Advent, Boston, 1926
Wood engraving

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