John McGrath Print Collection

Dance Breton, John McGRath Print Collection, reference photo, mdhs

"Danse Breton", not dated, John McGrath Print Collection, Box 1, Folder 11, MdHS (reference photo). 

The John McGrath Print Collection consists of etchings, prints, ephemera, and other materials related to Baltimore artist John McGrath (1998-1942)

Biographical Note

The artist John McGrath was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, on November 4th, 1884. In 1896, when McGrath was 12 years old, his family moved to Baltimore. In the 1920s, McGrath was enrolled in Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, where he first discovered his interest in art while producing a mechanical drawing. McGrath was unable to graduate from the Polytechnic Institute, however, and was forced to drop out and begin working to support his family.

This did not deter McGrath from studying art, as he enrolled in night classes at the Maryland Institute of Art while continuing to work full time. McGrath honed his skills part time while supporting himself in the business world, eventually becoming the vice-president of an insecticide company. However, McGrath left behind his business career for good in 1928 and travelled to Paris to study art. The following year he spent time traveling to Brittany, a region in northwest France. He was captivated with the landscape and simplicity of peasant life there, and produced a number of etchings during his travels.  When he returned to Baltimore in 1930 he joined the Charcoal Club, Baltimore’s famed arts club established in 1883. The following year he was elected and was elected president, a position he held for for over ten years until his death in 1942.

Collection Origin

This collection was donated by Suzanne McGrath Dale, granddaughter of John McGrath, April 2004; Acc# 6931.

Processing Note

Processed by Special Collections volunteer Margaret McCready, August 2016

Scope and Content

The John McGrath Print Collection consists of 3 boxes of materials pertaining to the life and artwork of John McGrath. Items include etchings, prints, ephemera, photographs, and other materials.

The collection is broken down into 7 series:

Series I: Maryland Views

Baltimore views, including the Washington Monumentand the Shot Tower; Annapolis views; Loch Raven Reservoir; Quaker Meeting House, Easton; and others           

Series II: American Views

Views from New Orleans and parts of Virginia 

Series III: European Views

 Views from Brittany, St. Tropez, Venice, and Florence 

Series IV: Maritime

Ships at sea and harbor views

Series V: Trees

Various scenes of trees and landscapes

Series VI: Miscellaneous

Various scenes of people and views

Series VII: Non-Print Materials

Ephemera and newspaper clippings related to John McGrath and the Charcoal Club; photograph of John McGrath; “Polycracker” Baltimore Polytechnic Institute yearbook

Container List

Description

Date

Folder

Box

 

 

 

 

Series I: Maryland Views

 

 

 

Baltimore-- [etching of Baltimore Shot Tower behind a church]

Not Dated

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [etching of Baltimore Shot Tower in a residential area during winter]

Not Dated

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Photo Copy of sketch for etching of Baltimore Shot Tower in a residential area during winter]

12-May-04

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Etching of Baltimore Shot Tower behind a building with a slanted roof and two men talking on the street.]

Not Dated

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Larger Etching of Baltimore Shot Tower behind a building with a slanted roof and two people talking on the street.]

Not Dated

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- "The Flag is still there" [Etching of Fort McHenry]

Not Dated

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Signed by John McGrath, etching of Baltimore Harbor.]

Not Dated

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- "Baltimore" [Signed by John McGrath, etching of Baltimore Harbor.]

Not Dated

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Etching of Homewood, Johns Hopkins University] (3 prints and 1 photocopy)

Not Dated

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- "Homewood" [Etching of Homewood, Johns Hopkins University] (2 prints and 1 photocopy)

Not Dated

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Large Photo Copy of Etching of Homewood, Johns Hopkins University]

May 19th, 2004

 Folder 1

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Large etching of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon.]

Not Dated

  Folder 2

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Etching of the Washington Monument and Mt. Vernon Place Methodist Church.]

Not Dated

  Folder 2

 Box 1

Baltimore-- "Mount Vernon Place No 1" [Etching of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon.]

Not Dated

  Folder 2

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Etching of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon.]

Not Dated

  Folder 2

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Etching of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon.]

Not Dated

  Folder 2

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Etching of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon.]

Not Dated

  Folder 2

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Etching of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon during winter.]

Not Dated

  Folder 2

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Large Etching of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon during winter.]

Not Dated

  Folder 2

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Large etching of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, matted]

Not Dated

 Folder 2

 Box 1

Baltimore -- [Etching of Baltimore Shot Tower behind a building with a slanted roof and two people talking on the street.]

Not Dated

 Folder 3

 Box 1

Baltimore -- [Etching of Washington Monument with the Mt. Vernon Methodist Church in the Background.]

Not Dated

 Folder 3

 Box 1

Baltimore -- "Mount Vernon Place Nocturne" [Etching of Washington Monument with the MT. Vernon Methodist Church in the Background; matted]

Not Dated

 Folder 3

 Box 1

Baltimore -- [Etching of Washington Monument with the Mt. Vernon Methodist Church in the Background.]

Not Dated

 Folder 3

 Box 1

Baltimore -- "Changing Skyline" [Etching of Baltimore Inner Harbor.]

Not Dated

 Folder 3

 Box 1

Baltimore-- [Linocut print of Dolphin Street by Catherine Frank, on back political cartoon dating to WWII by Ray Daury.]

1940s

Folder 3

 Box 1

Annapolis-- [The wharves at Annapolis during winter] (14 prints)

Not Dated

Folder 4

Box 1

Annapolis-- "Annapolis Wharves-No.2"

Not Dated

Folder 4

Box 1

Annapolis-- "Annapolis Wharves-No.2 Sirt Trial Proof"

Not Dated

 Folder 4

 Box 1

Annapolis-- "Second Trial Proof" [Annapolis Wharves]

Not Dated

 Folder 4

 Box 1

Annapolis-- "Third Trial Proof" [Annapolis Wharves]

Not Dated

 Folder 4

 Box 1

Annapolis-- [Annapolis Harbor with State House]

Not Dated

 Folder 4

 Box 1

Annapolis-- [Photocopy of drawing of Annapolis Harbor and Statehouse]

Not Dated

 Folder 4

 Box 1

Annapolis -- [Annapolis Wharves; matted]

Not Dated

 Folder 4

 Box 1

Annapolis -- [Annapolis Harbor and Statehouse; matted]

Not Dated

 Folder 4

 Box 1

Maryland-- [Harbor Scene; matted]

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- "Crossing the Creek" [Harbor Scene with large tree and boats; matted]

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- "Aunt Mandy's Cabin" (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- [Etching of Aunt Mandy's Cabin in winter.]

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- "Kitty Knight House" (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- "A Maryland Manor ~ 1656// Die Press Proof - Xmas-1940-Hoffman" [Possibly done by an artist other than John McGrath] (4 prints)

December, 1940

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- [Winter Street scene with two people on 854 Linden Avenue, Eastern Towson]

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- "Quaker Meeting House, Easton, MD- Circa 1684"

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- "St. Johns Waverly 1st State April 1924"

April, 1924

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- "Waverly Methodist Church"

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- "The Loch" [Large Tree by Loch Raven Reservoir] (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- [Tall Skinny trees by the Loch Raven Reservoir] (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland-- "Mount Clare" [House in winter.]

Not Dated

 Folder 5

 Box 1

Maryland -- [Two tall trees by the Loch Raven Reservoir[ (2 matted prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 6

 Box 1

Maryland -- "St. Johns Church Waverly"

Not Dated

 Folder 6

 Box 1

Old House - Maryland

Not Dated

Folder 8a

Box 1

Shot Tower – Baltimore (3 prints)

Not Dated

Folder 8a

Box 1

Washington Monument, Baltimore (2 prints)

Not Dated

Folder 8a

Box 1

Baltimore Harbor (2 prints)

Not Dated

Folder 8a

Box 1

Series II: American Views

 

 

 

American Views-- "The Shipyard." [Etching of a shipyard and old man] (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 7

 Box 1

American Views-- "Graduate House West Lawn University of Virginia"

Not Dated

 Folder 7

 Box 1

American Views-- [New Orleans Furniture and Antique stores, street scene. Duplicate included.]

Not Dated

 Folder 7

 Box 1

American Views-- [New Orleans street scene]

Not Dated

 Folder 7

 Box 1

American Views-- [New Orleans street scene through an alley] (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 7

 Box 1

American Views -- "New Orleans" [Street scene]

Not Dated

 Folder 7

 Box 1

American Views -- [New Orleans Furniture and Antique stores, street scene, mounted onto cardstock frame]

Not Dated

 Folder 7

 Box 1

American Views--[New Orleans Furniture and Antique stores, street scene]

Not Dated

 Folder 7

 Box 1

American Views--"Graduate House West Lawn University of Virginia"; matted

Not Dated

 Folder 7

 Box 1

 

 

 

 

Series III: European Views

 

 

 

Brittany-- "Carrots" (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 8b

 Box 1

Brittany-- "The Dukes House-- Concarneau" (6 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 8b

 Box 1

Brittany-- [Etching of a street scene, buvette.]

Not Dated

 Folder 8b

 Box 1

Brittany-- [Etching of a scene at the harbor, buvette ple rose] (4 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 8b

 Box 1

Brittany-- [Etching of a street scene, Café de Bon Coin] (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 8b

 Box 1

Brittany-- 1st Slate [Etching of a street scene with a tower in the city.] (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 8b

 Box 1

Brittany-- [Color Etching of a man standing and looking out at the river.]

Not Dated

 Folder 8b

 Box 1

Brittany-- [Etching of a man standing and looking out at the river.]

Not Dated

 Folder 8b

 Box 1

Brittany-- [Etching of two men sitting at a table with wine] (3 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 9a

 Box 1

Brittany-- "The Soloist" [Etching of a man playing an accordion] (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 9a

 Box 1

Brittany-- [Etching of 4 men carrying a chain in front of ships]

Not Dated

Folder 9a

Box 1

Brittany-- [Photocopy of drawing of the etching of "Brittany Market"] (2 different versions)

May 19th, 2004

 Folder 9a

 Box 1

Brittany-- "Breton Market; Brittany Market” (9 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 9a

 Box 1

[Street Scene – France]

Not Dated

 Folder 9b

 Box 1

[Venice Canal?]

Not Dated

Folder 9b

Box 1

[French Harbor Scene] (color print)

Not Dated

Folder 9b

Box 1

[European ships] (color print)

Not Dated

Folder 9b

Box 1

Brittany-- "Mother of Brittany" [Etching of an old woman in profile.]

Not Dated

Folder 10

Box 1

Brittany-- "Son of Brittany" [Etching of a man with cigarette] (4 prints)

1929

 Folder 10

 Box 1

Brittany-- [Arch Bridge, canal scene.]

Not Dated

 Folder 10

  Box 1

Brittany-- [Old Gate, Concarneau, street scene] (7 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 10

  Box 1

Brittany-- [Buvette] (3 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 10

  Box 1

Brittany -- "Carrots- Brittany Market" (3 prints, matted)

Not Dated

 Folder 10

  Box 1

Brittany -- "Café du Bon Coin" [Etching of a street scene]

Not Dated

 Folder 11

 Box 1

Brittany -- "Captain Pierre" [Etching of a sailor, mounted in a cardstock frame.]

Not Dated

 Folder 11

 Box 1

Brittany -- "The Gavotte" [Etching of a dance] (matted)

Not Dated

 Folder 11

 Box 1

Brittany -- "The Circus- Concarneau" (2 matted prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 11

 Box 1

Brittany -- "The Soloist" [Etching of a man playing accordion] (2 matted prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 11

 Box 1

Brittany -- "Danse Breton" (2 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 11

 Box 1

Brittany -- "The Quai at Guilvenec" [Color print of a harbor scene.]

Not Dated

 Folder 11

 Box 1

Brittany -- "Corner in Douarnenez" [Etching of Café du Bon Coin] (matted print)

Not Dated

 Folder 11

 Box 1

European Views-- "Blarney Castle".

Not Dated

 Folder 12

 Box 1

European Views-- "Nimes Jan 12 Place Aux Herbes" (7 prints and 1 photocopy)

May 19th, 2004

 Folder 12

 Box 1

European Views-- "Town Center" [Etching of a town in French territory, six duplicates included].

Not Dated

 Folder 12

 Box 1

European Views-- "Place De La Major Arles Jan 14 20" (5 prints and 1 photocopy)

May 19th, 2004

 Folder 12

 Box 1

European Views-- "Gargoyles de Notre Dame" (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 13

 Box 2

European Views-- "The Quai-- St. Tropez" (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 13

 Box 2

European Views-- [Etching of harbor scene in St. Tropez] (4 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 13

 Box 2

European Views-- "St. Tropez" [Etching of a street scene] (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 13

 Box 2

European Views-- [Village Gate, St. Tropez. (Drawing an etching)

Not Dated

 Folder 13

 Box 2

European Views-- "Old Port- St. Tropez" (7 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 13

 Box 2

European Views-- "Venice" (5 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 14

 Box 2

European Views-- "The Lagoon, Venice 1927".

1927

 Folder 14

 Box 2

European Views-- [Etching of canals in Venice].

Not Dated

 Folder 14

 Box 2

European Views-- "Deuxleme Epreuve" (3 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 14

 Box 2

European Views-- "The Bridge, Sospew".

Not Dated

 Folder 14

 Box 2

European Views-- "Ponte Vecchino-Florence" (3 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 14

 Box 2

European Views -- "San Giorgio- Venice" (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 15

 Box 2

European Views -- [Castle] (2 etchings)

Not Dated

  Folder 15

 Box 2

European Views -- "Village Gate- St. Tropez" (4 etchings)

Not Dated

  Folder 15

 Box 2

European Views -- "The Quai- St. Tropez."

Not Dated

  Folder 15

 Box 2

European Views -- "Harbor- St. Tropez" (4 etchings)

Not Dated

  Folder 15

 Box 2

European Views -- "Gargoyles- Notre Dame"

Not Dated

  Folder 15

 Box 2

 

 

 

 

Series IV: Maritime

 

 

 

 [Black print of a large sailboat on the ocean] (2 prints)

Not Dated

Folder 16

 Box 2

"Breton Fishing Boat"

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

 [Untitled sail boat]

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

"Evening-Venice" (2 etchings)

Not Dated

Folder 16

  Box 2

[Untitled harbor scene.]

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

"Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee" [Christmas card with print of a sailboat.]

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

[Untitled sailboat]

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

[Untitled etching of a small sailboat in a harbor] (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

[Untitled etching of a ship in a harbor.]

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

"Fair Breeze" (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

[Untitled rowboat in a harbor with sailboats in the background.]

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

[Two men in a small sailboat fishing]

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

"Safe Harbor" (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

[Crucified Jesus overlooks the water filled with sailboats] (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 16

  Box 2

"Musette" [Etching of men working on a ship in the harbor] (3 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 17

 Box 2

[Untitled back view of a ship at sea] (3 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 17

 Box 2

"Fair Weather" (6 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 17

 Box 2

[Untitled flat print of a boat] (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 17

 Box 2

"Swingin' Along"

Not Dated

 Folder 17

 Box 2

[Untitled small etching of a ship at sea.]

Not Dated

 Folder 17

 Box 2

"Swinging Home".

Not Dated

 Folder 17

 Box 2

"Safe Harbor".

Not Dated

 Folder 17

 Box 2

[Untitled print of sailboats on the water.]

Not Dated

 Folder 17

 Box 2

[Miscellaneous ships] (6 prints)

Not Dated

Folder 17

Box 2

[Harbor view in winter] (2 prints)

Not Dated

Folder 17

Box 2

 

 

 

 

Series V: Trees

 

 

 

Trees-- "End of Day" (5 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 18

 Box 2

Trees-- [Untitled watercolor painting of trees by a river.]

Not Dated

 Folder 18

  Box 2

Trees-- [Untitled watercolor and ink painting of trees by a river.]

Not Dated

 Folder 18

  Box 2

Trees-- "Pines and Sea" (5 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 18

  Box 2

Trees-- "The Compliments of the Season." [2 etchings]

Not Dated

 Folder 18

  Box 2

Trees-- "October Breeze" (4 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 18

  Box 2

Trees-- [Untitled etching of a lantern post in a forest.]

Not Dated

 Folder 18

  Box 2

Trees-- [Scraggly trees at the beach.]

Not Dated

 Folder 18

  Box 2

Trees-- [Old tree in the woods] (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 18

  Box 2

Trees-- "The Bend of the River."

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- "Moonrise."

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- [Untitled etching of trees on an island.]

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- [Untitled etching of trees in the countryside] (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- [Etching of two men cutting wood.]

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- "The Dunes" (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- [Untitled etching of dead trees blowing in the wind.]

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- [Untitled etching of a single tree on a shore.]

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- "Blue Ridge Mts-- Battle Scarred"

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- "Windy Day" (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- [Etching of a large tree on the shore of a river.]

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- "Winter Pines"

Not Dated

 Folder 19

 Box 2

Trees-- "Winter Sea" [Etching of trees in snow.]

Not Dated

 Folder 20

 Box 2

Trees-- [Etching of four thin trees overlooking the water.]

Not Dated

 Folder 20

 Box 2

Trees-- [Color print of two thin trees in a landscape.]

Not Dated

 Folder 20

 Box 2

Trees -- "Cypress trees" (3 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 20

 Box 2

Trees -- "Final Proof" [Etching of sunrise in the countryside.]

Not Dated

 Folder 20

 Box 2

Trees -- "Windy Day" (matted)

Not Dated

 Folder 20

 Box 2

Trees -- [Etching of two thin trees on the water overlooking a castle.] (matted)

Not Dated

 Folder 20

 Box 2

Trees -- "End of Day" [Duplicates in Trees series.] (matted)

Not Dated

 Folder 20

 Box 2

[Miscellaneous trees] (7 prints)

Not Dated

 Folder 20

Box 2

 

 

 

 

Series VI: Miscellaneous

 

 

 

[Small etching of two men and a suitcase] (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 21

 Box 2

 [Etching of a house and a woman using a well.]

Not Dated

 Folder 21

 Box 2

"The Leprachaun."

Not Dated

 Folder 21

 Box 2

"The wee Cabin- Co Galway"

Not Dated

 Folder 21

 Box 2

[Etching of a man and woman in front of a produce stall.]

Not Dated

 Folder 21

 Box 2

"Braeside~ 1941"

1941

 Folder 21

 Box 2

"Gathering Seaweed Brittany" (2 etchings)

Not Dated

 Folder 21

 Box 2

[Scrapbook of etchings made by John McGrath]

Not Dated

N/A

Box 3

 

 

 

 

Series VII: Non-print materials

 

 

 

"Seasons Greetings Mr. and Mrs. J. Raynard Eliason" [Empty Christmas card with sketch of a frozen bell.]

Not Dated

 Folder 22

 Box 2

"With Hearty good wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" [Christmas card from the Maryland Casualty Company, art by John McGrath of Fort McHenry inside.]

Not Dated

  Folder 22

  Box 2

"The Season's Greetings" [Sketched out card with etching of Rose Hill inside. Photocopy and duplicate included.]

Not Dated

  Folder 22

  Box 2

"About Pictures, Painters and Such" [ Sun Article about John McGrath.]

January 17th, 1930

  Folder 22

  Box 2

"An Institute Exhibit" [Article about John McGrath.]

November 24th, 1930

  Folder 22

  Box 2

"John M'Grath--- Town Artist One time Errand Boy Becomes Vice President; Now Famous Etcher" [Photocopty of article about John McGrath

January 23rd, 1931

  Folder 22

  Box 2

"Carnival des Artistes 1934" [Charcoal Club Program for the Carnival with etching by John McGrath inside.]

1934

  Folder 22

  Box 2

"Memorial Exhibition by the Charcoal Club of Baltimore of the work of John McGrath" [Flyer for an exhibition.]

March, 1968

  Folder 22

  Box 2

[Photograph of John McGrath taken by Jeanne  Bennett, a photographer in Baltimore.]

Not Dated

  Folder 22

  Box 2

"Book Plate of Francis White, Esq."

Not Dated

  Folder 22

  Box 2

"Poly's Cracker 1927" [John McGrath’s Yearbook of the class of 1927 at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.]

1927

  N/A

  Box 3

 

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