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Peter Milton (American, b. 1930), "Daylilies", photoetching, etching and engraving, 1975, signed and numbered 69/160

Peter Milton (American, b. 1930), "Daylilies", photoetching, etching and engraving, 1975, signed and numbered 69/160

Item Description:

Resist-ground etching and engraving, and direct photographic transfer, on Rives heavyweight buff paper, pencil signed lower right, numbered "69/160" lower left (from the edition of 160, there were also 2 trial proofs), titled "Daylilies" center, framed and glazed


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames. 


Purchased from Davidson Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 1975 or 1976

Inherited by descent to the current owner


Height 20 in.

Width 32 in. (image)

About The Artist:

Catalog Raisonné: Milton 96

Peter Milton is an American printer who was born in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania in 1930. Though he experimented with painting in his early years as an artist, Milton turned almost exclusively to printmaking in 1960 when he was disillusioned by the New York art scene and the macho Abstract Expressionist movement. In 1962, after discovering he was partially color blind, Milton decided to specialize in black and white prints.

Milton received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1954 at Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture, where he studied under artist Josef Albers. After winning the Yale University Traveling Fellowship Grant, Milton spent a year in Europe, painting and studying music. He became an assistant drawing teacher at Yale and received his Master’s degree in 1961. He began teaching at the Maryland Institute in Baltimore the same year and stayed in this position until 1968. Meanwhile, Milton began to exhibit his prints and acquire numerous grants and prizes. In 1966 alone, Milton won 16 awards. In 1970, Milton became a graphics instructor at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut. Through the 1970s to the 1990s, Milton became known internationally as a printmaker; winning the Grand Prize at the International Biennial of Prints in Seoul, Korea in 1972 and exhibiting his first solo show in Paris in 1975.

In the 2000s, Milton is still an active artist. In 2002, he was named to the advisory committee in charge of redesigning the United States currency. His works are still being exhibited internationally and are held in several major national and international museums.

Milton’s works draw on the nostalgic imagery of 19th and early 20th century illustrations. His prints reveal a narrative reminiscent of early cinema. Daylilies shows a man in Victorian dress with his head surrounded by scenes from the beach and the ballet, shadows, and figures. These images are perhaps the man's memories or thoughts being projected on the wall behind him. The subject is both haunting and surreal.


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