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Please find for sale a lovely and RARE Ralph Avery print. 
This is a lovely and rare gouache watercolor print of St. Patrick's Cathedral on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 51st Street in New York.  The original watercolor was commissioned by The National Gypsum Company probably somewhere in the late 50's to mid 60's.  This print was reproduced from the original which was done by Ralph Avery especially for the National Gypsom Company. AS it was a special occasion for the Company only a small few of these prints were made, making this beautiful 50/60's era print of St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC extremely rare.

Framed: Height 13 1/2": Width: 11"

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"This is St. Patrick's Cathedral, standing majestically on Fifth Avenue at Rockfeller Center  in midtown Manhattan.  The Cathedral has been referred to by historians as a "daring venture", initiated in an era when true Gothic architecture was an unknown commodity in America.
Today, St. Patrick's is famous throughout the world and is visited by millions every year.  Out front, as shown here by Ralph Avery, parade the throngs of America's greatest metropolis.  Inside there is peace and quiet for comtemplation. This print is another portrait of one of the great churches that hold a special place in the legend of American heritage.  We have reproduced it from an original painting done especially for this occasion by Mr. Avery, one of today's best know contemporary artist.  We hope that you'll enjoy it, along with our warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and many properous years ahead."   
                                   ****** National Gypsum Company*****

Ralph Avery had been painting since his childhood. Born in Savannah, Georgia; Avery moved to Rochester, New York in the early 1920s and studied at Rochester Institute of Technology (Athenaeum, and Mechanics Institute), earning his degree in 1928. From 1930-1931, Avery studied at Louis C. Tiffany Foundation, Oyster Bay on a scholarship. He studied with Charles Woodbury, Harry Leith-Ross, and Carl Peters, among others. Avery taught in the Department of Applied Art at RIT for twenty five years. By the time of his death in 1976, Avery had become one of the most identifiable and popular painters in Rochester.  He is also well known for his Reader's Digest illustrations as well as his most famous painting "The Statue of Mecury".