A very naturalistic portrait of Leilani, showing Kelly's masterful play of light and fine etching technique. This particular image is documented in the book, John Melville Kelly, Hawaiian Idyll on page 67 along with the photograph of the model.
Titled and signed in graphite by the artist in lower margin with an additional notation of "No. 26"
From the book:
In 1943 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin published the book Etchings and Drawings of Hawaiians by John Kelly. In addition to reproduction a selection of work by Kelly, it included commentary about the prints and drawings he created. About Leilani, Hawaii, Kelly wrote:
This drypoint was made by scratching the design into the bare copper with a hard steel point. The lighter the pressure and the more vertically the point is held over the plate, the lighter and more delicate will be the lines made. Comparatively few, sometimes very few proofs can be made from this type of plate.
Age: early 1930s.
Size: paper 12-1/2" x 10"
Media: Drypoint etching.
Price: $5,800.00 USD