William Seltzer Rice (1873-1963)
Date: Likely 1913-1915.
Paper size 7.75 x 5.5 inches.
Print size: 4.75 x 3.875 inches.
Signed and titled in pencil.
Medium: Woodblock print.
Condition: Lightly foxed, primarily outside the image area. Margin blanks (see additional photos for full margins). Tape on verso.
Note: We could find no other reference to this title by the California artist and believe that this could be the only known color example. However, a narrower, black-and-white version of the image (see photo) appeared in Rice's 1930 book, Block Printing in the the School (Bruce Publishing Company). That example includes the carved title, "A Cargo of Christmas Greetings." Rice was known to be in Venice in 1913, where he made woodblock prints of Venetian boats from photographs, which suggests the dating of Italian Boat. He also published "Italian Fishing Boats - Monterey" in 1915.