Richard Correll (1904-1990)
"Air Raid Wardens" 1943, Linoleum cut. Edition: Stated 100, probably only 25 printed. Signed, Richard Correll, lower right; titled, Air Raid Wardens, lower left; numbered, 15/100, lower center.
Image: 10 1/16 x 15 1/4 inches (255 x 387 mm). Sheet: 12 x 16 1/2 inches (304 x 419 mm).
References: Cheng and Correll 2005:35, Landau 1983:31.
Inventory ID: 1194
Very good condition. Good margins. Printed on cream Japan wove paper. Alternatively titled, Fire Fighters. The upper right corner of the sheet has been clipped (about 1/2 inch) but is well away from the image. A few handling marks in the margins. Air Raid Wardens was shown in the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit "Artists for Victory" in 1942, and is listed in the volume of the same title (Landau 1983:31).
In 2005, in honor of Richard Correll's centenary birth. A volume dealing with the prints and drawings of Correll was published by Correll Studios, in Oakland, California. Although primarily written by Dewitt Cheng, Leslie Correll (the artists daughter) provides biographical context to the volume (see Cheng and Correll 2005). In reference to the print Air Raid Wardens Correll notes (2005:16): "As America entered World War II, Correll, at 36, was too old for the draft. He joined the Civilian Defense Corps as an air Raid Warden, serving in his Greenwich Village neighborhood and later on the upper West Side.... He also did artwork for Civil Defense and ... produced dozens of pro bono flyers, signs, and posters for various causes."