Maurice R. Bebb

1891 – 1986


Maurice R. Bebb (1891-1986). Bebb graduated from the University of Illinois in 1913 and moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he lived the rest of his life. A florist by profession, he had no formal art training, but began working on copper plates in 1943 and was soon befriended by Charles M. Capps, a charter member of the Prairie Print Makers who invited Bebb to join the group in 1951. After retiring from his florist business to pursue his art in earnest, he traveled to Europe twice, once for eight months and a second time for six months. While there he took advantage of the long-standing presence of printmakers in Europe to secure copper plates, inks and other supplies. Bebb’s first etchings were exhibited in 1949 and he enjoyed instant success. The follow year he received the Purchase Prize of the Graphic Chemical Company at the Chicago Annual Exhibition. In 1952 The Print Makers Society of California selected his print Black Swan for their 1953 publication. In 1954, his color etching of Yellow-Throated Warbler was chosen as the 44th presentation print by members of the Chicago Society of Etchers. In 1960, his print, White-Breasted Nuthatch, was selected for the thirtieth publication of the Prairie Print Makers. Shown is a colored etching on paper signed in the lower right margin, M. R. Bebb and dated, “59.” The work is titled in the lower left margin, “Kingbird” and numbered 128/150.” 9.25” x 7”

Artist:  Maurice R. Bebb

Date:  1959

Size:  9.25″ x 7″

Medium:  Color Etching on Paper

Price:  $795