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Up for sale from a recent estate in Honolulu Hawaii this circa 1910s US open edition etching print that is titled "Sudra, India" depicting a Indian man wearing a turban carrying a heavy loaded basket on its head with a ox cart in the background and was created by the artist Flora Nash Demuth. The condition is described above - for more details please check the photos. In case you would like to save on shipping I can ship the piece without the frame for a significantly lower shipping rate.
Etching 7 inches x 5 inches
Frame 18 inches x 14 inches
More about the artist:
New York Post
May 6, 1927
“Memograms” a New Medium
An innovation in ocean travel entertainment—and good will advertising— was introduced by two New York commercial artists, Martin and Flora Nash Demuth, on the world tour of the Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Scotland, recently completed. Passengers received copies of about 200 sketches, drawn on shipboard from day to day over the period of four months world travel, and mimeographed by a special process devised by Mr. Demuth. The memograms, inspired by cruise activities on ship and shore, appeared as diary pages, post cards, maps, cartoon and educational sketches, to be preserved as a record or mailed to friends from foreign ports. Some of the memograms were conceived, drawn and reproduced within an hour. the stunt earned the couple’s honeymoon tour.
New York Post
December 2, 1931
Unique Honeymoon Lands Couple Steady Job
Seagoing Artists, Seeking Honeymoon, Found Unique Career
Martin and Flora DeMuth Sketch Their Way Around the World
Lead a Double Life as Sailors, Farmers
Empress of Britain of Takes Them on Third World Cruise Tomorrow
By Ruth Seinfel
When the Empress of Britain sails tomorrow to Madeira and points east, not to return until she has made a circuits of the world, she will have on board a pair of clever young persons who have made an unusual job for themselves in these times when jobs are hard to find.
They are Martin and Flora DeMuth, “Mr. and Mrs.” to the passengers, who will find their days at sea and their visits to glamourous ports recorded for them in pictures by these two young artists. For the DeMuths are a seagoing art gallery whose sketches, bound in book form, are lugged out by many a traveler who has made a world cruise on the Canadian Pacific Line and wants to tell about it, to the great relief of friends who expected to have to admire the snapshots of an amateur photographer.
Mr. and Mrs. DeMuth were cudgelling their brains for ways to spend an inexpensive honeymoon, five years ago, when they hit upon the idea which has determined their unique careers for them. They had learned their craft at the Art Students’ League at the same time, but it was not until some time later, after Martin had sailed around the world with the Navy and Flora had established herself as an illustrator in New York, they met and promptly married.
The Honeymoon Problem
The problem then arose, what to do about a honeymoon? Artists are notoriously helpless in money matters, but these two were an exception. If they hadn’t money enough for a honeymoon, they had wits, and they set about using them.
On his trip with the Navy, in the service of the War Department, Mr. DeMuth had not only made the required pictorial records of naval stations in the Orient, but had hit upon the idea of amusing the crews with informal sketches of things they saw and things that happened to them. Now he and his wife developed this idea, and when they were ready to present it they took it to the Canadian Pacific office, and then went hone and waited.
Nobody has ever counted up, but if all the schemes presented to steamship companies by people who want a free trip were collected, they would probably make a set of volumes about the size of the Encyclopedia Britannica, and a good deal more fun to read. Nevertheless, an official of the line came all the way down from Montreal to talk with the DeMuths, and when he went away again their honeymoon was assured. What is more, it was to be nothing less than a world cruise.
Nor were they getting anything for nothing (the line is run almost entirely by Scotchmen). Their idea has been so successful that they are now supplying all the cruises on the line with the product of their talented pencils, and the Empress of Australia leaves New York Harbor for the West Indies today with two tons of printed matter in her hold—or wherever such supplies are kept—enough to last her for three West Indies cruises and one Mediterranean voyage.
Inventing Printing Process
The DeMuths go on board well prepared now, for they have made all the cruises on the line, and several times. They turn out post cards as they go along, and as the ship pulls into each port they distribute to each passenger a brightly decorated letter, telling about the points of interest to be seen there, and all a passenger has to do is write the address of the home folks on the envelope, put a stamp on it, and his correspondence is much more entertainingly taken care of than he could probably manage it himself.
Incidentally, they had to invent a simple, quick process for printing their drawings right on board. How they do it is their secret, but one afternoon at 4 o’clock their ship sighted a waterspout in the Strait of Messina, and at each passenger’s place at dinner that evening there was a sketch of a waterspout with full scientific explanation attached.
Ashore the DeMuths make all kinds of excursions, sketchblock [sic] in hand. They visit out-of-the-way corners, picturesque and historic spots, native shindigs. They once made a 1,000-mile trip into Africa to Victoria Falls, and on another African cruise they went into the game preserve and got stranded among the lions and elephants by a tropical storm which washed the roads out. They were rescued promptly and efficiently—it was all part of the fun.
Lead a Double Life
They know Singapore and Shanghai and all the other glamourous ports almost as well as they New York, and each passenger goes ashore with a hand-drawn map, made by the DeMuths, which is both entertaining and instructive. And at the end of the voyage they present a whole collection of sketches to each traveler, as a memento of the trip.
For five years now the DeMuths have been leading a double life. Seagoing folk for six months of the year, they spent the other six months on their farm in South Kent, Conn., being thorough landlubbers. Mrs. DeMuth couldn’t say which part of the year she liked better.

Since 2006, Andres Harnisch Brokerage has specialized in selling art, antiques, jewelry, and collectibles. Harnisch is a certified personal property appraiser and holds accreditation through the Certified Appraisers Guild of America and the International Fine Art Appraisers. The company is the only brokerage in Hawaii to receive 'Professional Status' in the American Society of Estate Liquidators.

Since 2006, Andres Harnisch Brokerage has specialized in selling art, antiques, jewelry, and collectibles. Harnisch is a certified personal property appraiser and holds accreditation through the Certified Appraisers Guild of America and the International Fine Art Appraisers. The company is the only brokerage in Hawaii to receive 'Professional Status' in the American Society of Estate Liquidators.

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    The etching and frame are overall in good pre-owned condition, the paper is evenly toned throughout, the print has not been inspected out of the frame,
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    1910s Etching Print India Man w. Basket Flora N Demuth

    Estimate $200 - $250May 26, 2020
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