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Orpha Mae Klinker 1891 - 1964
Orpha Mae Klinker 1891 - 1964, Winter Touches the Desert, #100, 1939, Etching, 6 3/4 x 9 (original thank you note included) $3,000 Orpha Mae Klinker 1891 - 1964, Winter Touches the Desert, #100, 1939, Etching, 6 3/4 x 9 (original thank you note included) $3,000
Winter Touches the Desert, 1939
Etching #100, 6 3/4 x 9
(original thank you note written by Orpha to "My Dear Howard," included) $3,000
Orpha Klinker Winter Touches the Desert Title Orpha Klinker Winter Touches the Desert Number Orpha Klinker Winter Touches the Desert Signature
Thank you note to Howard Hughes ... My dear Howard, Am sending this etching to you in appreciation for your kindly interest in my "Will Rogers" painting to the extent that you suceeded in placing it at the Fair.  It meant more than I can tell you to have it there and I shall always feel extremely gratful to you, Most Sinceerely, Orpha Klinker, July 13, 1939.
This etching is in the collection of the San Francisco Fine Art Museums, It was awarded the Associate Print Award from the California Society of Etchers at their San Francisco exhibition in 1939.

Orpha gave this particular etching, #100, as a thank you gift to her friend "Howard," for placing Orpha's portrait of Will Rogers and Wiley Post at the New York World's Fair of 1939.
Both Orpha and Howard Hughes were frequent guests of artist John W. Hilton at his home in Thermal, CA.

To the left is the hand-written note which accompanies this etching. It is impressively stylish, done with Orpha's tiny detailed calligraphy.
Oprha Klinker with her portrait of Will Rogers and Wiley Post
a larger size of this photo
is on our Orpha Kinker page


Orpha Mae Klinker 1891 - 1964, Winter Touches the Desert, #100, 1939, Etching, 6 3/4 x 9 (original thank you note included) $3,000

Orpha Mae Klinker 1891 - 1964, Winter Touches the Desert, #100, 1939, Etching, 6 3/4 x 9 (original thank you note included) $3,000

Ed Ainsworth LA Times Editor and Author

From Painters of the Desert, Ed Ainsworth 1960, his chapter on desert artist, Orpha Klinker, p 71 ....

"It was during this period (late 1930's) that Orpha started seriously to do etching, and as a result surprised even herself. It was at this point, in fact, that her love of the desert began to bear fruit. She heard that there was to be a Statewide exhibition for etchers in San Francisco.

Just to show her interest and cooperation she sent one of her first works in the medium to the exhibit which was under the auspices of the California Society of Etchers. The judges were so impressed with Winter Touches the Desert that Orpha Klinker, at her first try, was awarded the Associate Print Award, highest in the show. She has won this honor twice since."

Painters of the Desert Ed Ainsworth
Cover Art, Painters of the Desert
by Ed Ainsworth