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Re: Bill Ellsworth Retired Navy Pilot Original Etchings Help

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Hi, I hope you found the info on Bill Ellworth. He started out doing oil paintings. Most of those are now in museums. Then he switched to watercolor. He finally settled on etchings. He was concerned because a lot of his following couldn't afford his oils or watercolors. When he was alive he sold in galliers in CA, Hawaii, VA etc His 8" by 10"s sold for around $125.00. Don't know price after he died. I hope you got good prices when you sold them on e-bay. He had many interests and painted on most of those subjects.As you could tell by a lot of his pictures his sence of humor was different and keen. Any other questions and I will try to answer them.

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Re: Bill Ellsworth Retired Navy Pilot Original Etchings Help

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I happened to stumble on your thread searching for information on Bill Ellsworth. I recently inherited artwork from local artists (I am originally from the area), including one of Bill Ellworth’s original etchings titled, “You’ve Done It Again, Ollie”, and is numbered 11/18. It appears he passed away in 2006. Not sure if you are still looking for data about your etchings, but if so, here are a few resources that may prove helpful to your search. As you will discover, he did sell his work. Perhaps the low numbers represent various series of works. Good luck.

 

http://www.airventuremuseum.org/art/art_2002.html

 

http://archive.org/stream/Virginia_Beach_Sun_1989-07/Virginia_Beach_Sun_1989-07_djvu.txt

 

https://www.jeffreysevans.com is a local and reputable auction company that appears to do well selling works of local artists and artifacts. They may or may not be able to provide you with some additional information.

 

 

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Bill Ellsworth Retired Navy Pilot Original Etchings Help

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thanks springfld...I guess I just see how it goes on ebay
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Bill Ellsworth Retired Navy Pilot Original Etchings Help

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Military aviation is a big collector area, with lots of people looking to build collections. I'm guessing the prints will sell but don't have a clue how much they'll bring.
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Bill Ellsworth Retired Navy Pilot Original Etchings Help

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thanks for the reply. I guess my real concern is, does anyone think that there may be a market for his etchings? He was a retired navy pilot & was in WWW II, Korea, & Vietnam. He was a self taught artist. I put one on ebay to see if I could get any response...I am hoping that maybe someone could lead me in the right direction to collectors of Military art. thanks
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Bill Ellsworth Retired Navy Pilot Original Etchings Help

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Just an observation, the prints were done in small numbers like 15 or 18 only. That leads me to believe he was doing them to give away to friends and not sell them. I know nothing about art but I'd have to guess there's not enough of his art to make a real market that you could judge anything from.

I wonder of the Navy Art Museum in Washington DC has copies, you should ask them. They are in the Washington Navy Yard.
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Bill Ellsworth Retired Navy Pilot Original Etchings Help

I was wondering if anyone know's anything about this self taught artist Bill Ellsworth. I have a few of his original etchings but can't seem to find out very much about him & if his art work was or is popular. They are signed & numbered & most have a written caption under the subject matter. Most are Naval & some are Military bar scenes.. Hre is an example of his work. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the double post
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