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John Taylor Arms

John Taylor Arms

American (1887-1953)

John Taylor Arms began his education at Princeton University. There he got involved with the engineering program, but after two years decided to transfer to MIT’s architecture program. He finished his education there in 1914 and continued to live a life most ordinary, with a wife and family following the war. He worked as an architect for many years and finally became a partner in his own architectural firm. His interest in etching began when his wife had bought him a kit to use as a hobby; this hobby soon turned into a passion, and Arms began etching his way through New York, focusing on the Brooklyn Bridge and cityscapes. After exhausting his interest in New York City scenes, Arms focused more interest on the other side of the Atlantic. He took many trips to Europe and completed series of gargoyles, French cathedrals, Italian cathedrals and Venetian cityscapes. The consistency within these works is found in their intricacy. Using great detail, Arms gave his audience the opportunity to draw intimacy from his works. Since his works are incredibly specific in depicting simple subjects—a gargoyle, a church, an alleyway—the viewer is comfortable looking at the print for a long period of time. The detail enhances the experience.

Throughout his artistic life, Arms dedicated himself to educating the public and sparking interest in graphic design, specifically etching and printmaking. He was a member of many printmaking societies, serving as president of the American Society of Graphic Artists, and he held many workshops and lectures around the country. These efforts teaching definitely slowed Arms' work rate, but he still created an impressive amount of quality works. His pieces vary in both subject and size, ranging from 5 x 7 millimeters to somewhat larger prints over twelve inches long.

The combination of Arms' attention to detail and philosophy made him a unique artist. The amount of detail in his etchings can be attributed to his educational background in architectural drawings. The painstaking style of etching he utilized is difficult to master, but once developed produces prints that are believable mainly because of the exactness of the artist's perspective. So many artists are concerned with either making sure that they are being true to the form or their emotional attachment to the subject, but Arms chose a more holistic approach. He tried to bring together the spiritual and technical aspects of art. He sought to associate the physical structure of a building with the sensation a viewer felt standing in front of a massive structure. This cohesive style draws the viewer's eye to examine an Arms piece from multiple perspectives, creating a connection not often evoked by similar subjects as depicted by lesser artists.

Print by John Taylor Arms: In Memoriam, or The North Portal of Chartres Cathedral, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
14×11IN.
$5,750
In Memoriam, or The
Print by John Taylor Arms: Sunlight on Stone, Caudebec-en-Caux [France], represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
14×7IN.
$2,000
Sunlight on Stone, Caudebec-en-Caux [France]
Print by John Taylor Arms: La Colegiata, Toro, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
9×12IN.
$1,800
La Colegiata, Toro
Print by John Taylor Arms: Gothic Glory, Sens Cathedral or Sens: Cathédrale de Saint Èt, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
15×9IN.
$1,800
Gothic Glory, Sens Cathedral
Print by John Taylor Arms: Memento Vivere, Notre Dame, Evreux, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
13×7IN.
$1,800
Memento Vivere, Notre Dame, Evreux
Print by John Taylor Arms: Cavendish Common, 1938, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
7×15IN.
$1,600
Cavendish Common, 1938
Print by John Taylor Arms: Old Sign, Compiègne or A Quaint Old Sign, Compiègne, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
5×3IN.
$1,400
Old Sign, Compiègne or
Print by John Taylor Arms: Spanish Profile, Palencia or La Puerta del Obispo or The Doo, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
13×6IN.
$1,350
Spanish Profile, Palencia or
Print by John Taylor Arms: Basilica of the Madeline, Vézelay, or The Abbey Church of St, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
12×7IN.
$1,100
Basilica of the Madeline,
Print By John Taylor Arms: Abside De La Cathédrale De Saint Pierre Et Saint Pierre Et Saint Paul, Troyes, Or Apse Of The Cathed At Childs GalleryQuick View
12×5IN.
$1,000
Abside de la Cathédrale
Print by John Taylor Arms: Saint Catherine's Belfry, Honfleur or Le Clocher de Sainte C, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
13×7IN.
$850
Saint Catherine's Belfry, Honfleur
Print by John Taylor Arms: Aspiration, La Madeline, Verneuil-Sur-Avre, or Fraternité, E, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
15×10IN.
$850
Aspiration, La Madeline, Verneuil-Sur-Avre,
Print by John Taylor Arms: The Church of Saint Francis and the Natizone, Cividale, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
7×10IN.
$800
The Church of Saint
Print by John Taylor Arms: Albi or The Cathedral of Sainte Cécile, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
9×10IN.
$800
Albi or The Cathedral
Print by John Taylor Arms: Église Saint Gervais, Gisors [France], represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
10×8IN.
$750
Église Saint Gervais, Gisors [France]
Print by John Taylor Arms: St. Paul, Alpes Maritimes, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
7×11IN.
$725
St. Paul, Alpes Maritimes
Print by John Taylor Arms: Gloria: Saint Riquier or The Church of Saint Riquier or Glor, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
14×9IN.
$700
Gloria: Saint Riquier or
Print by John Taylor Arms: Stokesay Castle, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
2×3IN.
$525
Stokesay Castle
Print by John Taylor Arms: Sixteenth Century Tower, Lisieux (The Lisieux Tower, Sixteen, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
6×3IN.
$500
Sixteenth Century Tower, Lisieux
Print by John Taylor Arms: Shadows in Mexico (Sketch), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
4×3IN.
$450
Shadows in Mexico (Sketch)
Print by John Taylor Arms: Shadows in Mexico (Sketch), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
5×7IN.
$450
Shadows in Mexico (Sketch)
Print by John Taylor Arms: A Breton Calvary or Calvaire du Seizième Siècle, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
5×3IN.
$375
A Breton Calvary or
Print by John Taylor Arms: Hotel de Ville, Abbeville, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
3×1IN.
$375
Hotel de Ville, Abbeville
Print by John Taylor Arms: Portrait of a Romanesque Capital or The Portrait of a Mediev, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
2×2IN.
$375
Portrait of a Romanesque
Print by John Taylor Arms: Norwich (Sketch), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
6×4IN.
$350
Norwich (Sketch)
Print by John Taylor Arms: Saint Martin's Church, Preston, Hertfordshire "To F.L.M.G." , represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
3×6IN.
$350
Saint Martin's Church, Preston,
Print by John Taylor Arms: Puerta Principal de la Iglesia de San Pablo, Valladolid [Spa, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
4×3IN.
$325
Puerta Principal de la
Print by John Taylor Arms: Saint-Pourcain-Sur-Sioule (Sketch), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
6×4IN.
$300
Saint-Pourcain-Sur-Sioule (Sketch)
Print by John Taylor Arms: Caudebec-en-Caux (Sketch), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
4×6IN.
$275
Caudebec-en-Caux (Sketch)
Print by John Taylor Arms: Britford Church (Sketch), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
4×6IN.
$275
Britford Church (Sketch)
Print by John Taylor Arms: Chapiteau Gothique, Dorothy et John Taylor Arms, A.D. MCMXXV, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
6×3IN.
$275
Chapiteau Gothique, Dorothy et
Print by John Taylor Arms: Moret-Sur-L'oing (Sketch), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
7×5IN.
$225
Moret-Sur-L'oing (Sketch)
Print by John Taylor Arms: Abington, Berkshire (Sketch), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
7×5IN.
$225
Abington, Berkshire (Sketch)
Print by John Taylor Arms: In Memory--Halloran Hospital, Staten Island or In Memory, En, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
4×6IN.
$225
In Memory--Halloran Hospital, Staten
Print by John Taylor Arms: Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks (Sketch), represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
5×7IN.
$225
Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks (Sketch)
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