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150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian

Charles W. Dahlgreen, 1864-1955
Morning Shadows
Etching and aquatint
Gift of the artist, 1945

Chicago artist Charles W. Dahlgreen worked in intaglio and monotype. He etched appealing regional subjects: western pines, midwestern farms, and city scenes dominated by bridges and skyscrapers. In the late 1940s he generously donated several hundred prints and plates, with the intention that his plates should be printed and sold as a "Smithsonian Edition," the proceeds to benefit the graphic arts collection. During the 1950s and 1960s, Museum visitors purchased prints from this edition, and the resulting Dahlgreen Fund added many important prints to the National Collection.

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