Joseph St. Lawerence Print Collection

untitled portrait of a man, 1967, Joseph St. Lawerence Print Collection

Untitled portrait of a man, 1967, Joseph St. Lawerence Print Collection, MdHS.

The Joseph St. Lawerence Print Collection contains prints created by Baltimore artist Joseph St. Lawrerence.

Biographical Note

Born in Baltimore in 1912, St. Lawerence began his artistic career at age 14 when he was apprenticed to a commercial decorator of churches and theaters. During World War II he served as a topographical draftsman in the U.S. Army Air Corps. St. Lawerence, an essentially self-taught printer, sculptor, and painter, was one of the first to make use of dry-plate lithography invented by Baltimore printer Harry Gipe in the 1960s.

St. Lawerence’s work was exhibited internationally and his prints can also be found in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. St. Lawerence died in his home in Baltimore in 1985.

Collection Origin

Gift of Joseph St. Lawerence, 1981; Accession#: 001239.

Scope and Content

Much of St. Lawerence’s works are portraits and figures, often nudes, based on biblical and mythological sources. The 36 items in the collection are arranged in 9 folders and date from 1967 to 1977. The collection consists of 30 prints, 5 lithographic plates and a photograph of a silver spoon, which the artist described as “the only tool I have ever used to make Fine Art Prints.”

Collection Inventory

Title

Date

Folder

From the Genesis of Reflection (block printing plate)

1967

1

Variations on a Theme

1974

2

Untitled Portrait of a man

1967

2

Ignatius Loyola

1962

2

Dansk Stainless Steel Salad Tool, (photograph)

not dated

2

Thought

1974

2

Song of Ruth

1974

2

John the Baptist

1974

2

Vespers

1976

2

Variations on a Theme (lithographic plate)

1974

3

Thought (lithographic plate)

1974

3

Meditation (lithographic plate)

1976

3

Madonna of the Good Milk (lithographic plate)

1975

3

The Dreamer

1978

4

Egoism

1976

4

Paradise Lost

1974

4

Salome and the Head of John the Baptist

1974

4

Phallic Ballet

1974

4

Death of Venus

1968

4

Ode to the Sun

1972

4

Prelude

1968

4

Eternal Spring

1976

5

St. Paul

1974

5

Meditation

1976

5

Thinker

1977

5

Job

1975

5

Danaid

1974

5

Rodin

1976

6

Toscanini

1968

6

Madonna of the Good Milk

1975

6

Supplicant Persephone

1968

6

I am Innocent

1967

6

Variations on a Theme (matted print)

1974

7

From the Genesis of Reflection (matted print)

1967

7

The Nativity

1975

8

Moses

1974

9

Games