This charming pair of genre etchings were created by James MacKeller Waldron (1909 - 1974). The artworks were done on ivory wove paper and hand colored with watercolors and gouache. They portray an Amish man and woman dressed in classic Pennsylvania Dutch clothing, each set against a mottled brown background rimmed with shallow plate marks.
The woman is wearing a red cloak, a bonnet and a bright white apron. The bewhiskered man, who has a book under his arm, wears a long, caped coat and matching red mittens and scarf, in addition to his broad-brimmed hat. It's possible these are their Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes and that book he's carrying is a Bible.
James Waldron was a painter, Illustrator, curator and teacher. Born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, he lived his life in Berks County in the midst of the Amish settlements of Pennsylvania (Berks is next to Lancaster County, which has the highest Amish population in the US). The Amish people were a favorite theme of Waldron's; he did several versions of this couple in different poses. Over the years, some of them have been reproduced without signatures.
These original prints are framed under glass in their original, pretty maple frames that measure approximately 8 inches by 10 1/2 inches. Each artwork is pencil signed lower right: James MK Waldron. The prints are in excellent condition; the frames have a few dents in the wood and in the case of the frame that surrounds the man, chips off the lower left corner. The glass covers are undamaged; the backing paper is torn but intact and there is a hanging wire on each. They are a wonderful find for those who love folk art and the Amish people.
>>>Any distortions on the glass (like the one on the upper right picture of the woman) are from the lighting.