William Macbeth, Inc., New York, New York, after 1918 (as Coming Back from Staten Island)
Private collection, Great Neck, New York
Sale, Swann Auction Galleries, New York, New York, September 17, 2020, lot 24, from above
William Macbeth, Inc., New York, New York, Paintings by American Artists, date unknown (as Coming Back from Staten Island)
Winter Sunset, New York Harbor, ca. 1921–26, watercolor and gouache, 10¼ x 13 inches; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Born in Pennsylvania to Quaker parents, Joseph Pennell showed an early talent in etching. Pennell briefly studied at the School of Industrial Design (now the Philadelphia College of Art) and, later, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1878–1880. Pennell began creating illustrations and etchings in the late 1870s. In 1881, he traveled to Europe to illustrate the writings of American novelist William Dean Howells, leading him to further recognition. Pennell soon received another commission, now for the British author Philip Gilbert Hamerton.
By 1917, Pennell had completed over 1,800 etchings and lithographs, primarily in Europe. The artist traveled extensively