Charles Price Collection of John DePol

John DePol (1913-2004) is remembered as one of the foremost American practitioners of wood engraving. He left school early to support his family, becoming a stock runner on Wall Street just a few weeks short of the 1929 crash. While continuing to work in the depleted finance industry, he first taught himself etching from manuals borrowed from the New York Public Library and later enrolled in night classes at the New York Art Students League. DePol initially drew his subject matter from the buildings and street scenes of New York in the 1930s. Stationed in Northern Ireland with the US Army Air Corps during the Second World War, DePol briefly enrolled in art classes at the Belfast School of Technology.

After the war, DePol worked with various commercial publishers and collaborated with independent printers on fine press projects. He produced etchings while moving increasingly toward wood engraving as a medium. He continued to use New York as a source of subject matter, while also drawing from sketches he made from his service in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, as well as from American landmarks, college campuses, and portraits.

Through John DePol's association with Charles Price, professor of art, Connecticut College acquired a collection of sketches, proofs, prints, and broadsides starting in 1991. There is also a substantial book collection withexamples of DePol's work. The collection comprises about a linear foot of archival material and 75 books.