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1934-35 Federal Duck Stamp Print; Mallards

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1934-35 Federal Duck Stamp Print; Mallards

Artist: Jay N. Darling (American, 1876 - 1962)

Platemaker: Rene Lundgren

Printer: Gordon Meaney

Date: 1944
Medium: photoetching on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 11 3/8 × 13 3/4 inches (28.9 × 34.9 cm)
Plate: 5 3/4 × 8 1/2 inches (14.6 × 21.6 cm)
Classification: Prints
Inscribed: Design For First Federal Duck Stamp - 1934 - (below image, in pencil)
Signed: Ding Darling (lower right)
Markings: F J Head (watermark)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 91.1.1.A
Accession Number: 1965.5.269.A
Descriptionblack ink on white paper
Label Text:Darling was born in Norwood, Michigan. He graduated from Beloit College and worked as a reporter. He moved to the Des Moines Register as a political cartoonist. He had a special interest in conservation. Darling was an avid hunter and did etchings of wildlife as a pastime. President Franklin Roosevelt appointed him Chief of the Biological Survey. In that position, he made the first Duck Stamp. Darling quickly sketched a pair of Mallards. Later, he re-drew the composition and used the new drawing to make an etching. Thus, his print does not replicate the Stamp design, but commemorates it.

Provenance: Purchased May 11, 1948 through (Abercrombie & Fitch, New York, New York) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Conservation Art: Federal Duck Stamps & Prints