John W. Winkler, Master Etcher, was one of the finest of the early twentieth century American etchers. With his etchings and art, he captured the exciting worlds of the San Francisco Hills and Wharves, Chinatown, the California Mountains, London, France and more.
This website brings you all the information of this superb American etcher, who John Taylor Arms named: "Master of Line". With this website, we showcase for the first time Winkler’s etching techniques and the numerous museums, galleries and collections that contain his original etchings.
This website offers his etchings for private sale or for public collections. Please view these etchings by clicking a link to the right of this page.
Winkler produced comprehensive etchings of the re-building of San Francisco following the great earthquake. There are etchings of the exotic alleys of Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, where working class homes were perched on steep hillsides, wharves teeming with shipping and views of San Francisco before it changed to a landscape of skyscrapers.
Working directly on the copper plates gave Winkler a unique control over his medium. The etchings depict scenes and individuals, capturing the real characters of the artist’s subjects. Winkler often created multiple plates of the same subject.
Etchings of France and London record his time spent there during the 1920's. This work captures the essence of these scenes by concentrating on everyday occupations instead of famous landmarks.
Winkler preferred to print his own etchings. All impressions were taken from Winkler's original plates during his lifetime. Each impression is signed in pencil.