This etching is of Lee's mother, Louise Clarke. 1929
Lee did a number of etchings while a student at the Art Institute of Chicago. Although only one or two prints survived, the plates were saved, and years later, after the Schuylers had moved to Atlanta, she expressed an interest in revisiting printmaking. Fortunately, Georgia print artist William Livesay had recently had an exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta, and Trudie and Lee had been extremely impressed with his work. We contacted him, and found that he would be willing to run small editions of prints from any etched plates that Lee might submit.
The project began with running editions of these saved plates from the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. However, Lee decided that she really wanted to do some new works, so we acquired zinc plates and “ground” from the Atlanta College of Art at the High Museum, and Trudie brought home acids from her job as a high school chemistry teacher. Over the next three years or so, Lee produced significant number of new etchings, and Mr. Livesay made editions of 10 prints from these as they were submitted to him. Our objective was to supply each of Lee’s grandchildren with a complete edition if he or she wanted them, and also to permit Lee to give selected etchings as gifts if she chose. A number of these prints are currently framed, while the rest remain in portfolio.