William McNulty

1889 – 1963

William McNulty is best known for his images of New York urban scenes done in the etching process, frequently with added drypoint worked into the metal plate. He was able to achieve a high degree of detail and a wide range of tones between light and dark.

Although he became a fine artist, his earlier career was spent as an editorial cartoonist for newspapers in Washington, Montana, Louisiana, and Nebraska.

His greatest influence was Joseph Pennel, chairman of Graphic Arts at the Art Students League with whom he studied. By 1927 McNulty was exhibiting his prints. An International Exhibition of Etching organized by the Chicago Art Institute in 1932 included a number of prints by McNulty. In 1931, he was invited to become an instructor at the Art Students League, a position he held for 27 years.

His prints are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Whitney Museum, Library of Congress, and the Museums of Newark, NJ, Detroit, Much,, and the University of Nebraska.

“Coal Pocket”
Etching 1925
Signed by the artist in the lower margin
5 ½” x 6 ¼” image size
16” x 20” framed size