We have a new Past/Present post for our readers today, featuring two railroad scenes. The older print is a circa 1888 hand-colored engraving of a waiting room scene at a railway depot. The title on the verso of the print is “The Every-Day Life of Railroad Men”. This scene is repeated again in a 20th century lithograph by Charles Locke, entitled “Waiting Room.”
Charles Locke was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 31, 1899. He studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Ohio Mechanics Institute. He came to New York City in 1922 with Joseph Pennell to help teach lithography at the Art Students League, where he remained until 1937. He traveled to Paris in 1928 on a grant from Mrs. John D. Rockefeller to study the work of French painters. His students included John S. Curry, Paul Cadmus, and Don Freeman. As well as being a teacher at the League, he was also a student- learning etching from a friend and fellow instructor, Allen Lewis. Locke is well-known for his role as an educator, and for his prints of New York City docks, bars, shops, and everyday street-life.
Image on the left: In the Waiting Room of the Country Station. Engraving, hand-colored, c. 1988.
Image on the right: Waiting Room by Charles Locke. Lithograph. Edition of 40. Signed and editioned in pencil by the artist.