Ports of America Commission
In 1928, Louis Orr was commissioned to produce etchings of fourteen ports in the United States. The Ports of America series portrays harbor-side views from the Atlantic, Pacific, Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico, creating a snapshot of important locations during a significant era. Ports of America is one of Louis Orr's most celebrated series of prints.
Resources on Louis Orr
This is a resources page about Louis Orr if you want to learn more about his work and life. If you have any questions or comments please use the contact section.
Below is a selection of Newspaper articles about Louis Orr. To see an article, click on the expand arrow in the gallery.
For a full transcription of Louis Orr's long autobiographical interview from 1925, click here.
The following links will take you to interesting websites about Louis Orr and his art:
An outstanding article by W. Keat Sparrow, which focusses on the history of Louis Orr's monumental North Carolina commission of 1939-1952
A biography of Louis Orr created by his great-grand-niece, Angela. It includes images and references to family archival material
New-Bern Craven County Public Library blog about their collection of Orr's North Carolina etchings
A short biography of Louis Orr with with images of some of his American etchings
A complete list of every plate in Louis Orr's North Carolina series of etchings.
Describes the history of Smithfield Library's purchase of Louis Orr's complete North Carolina etching series
A brief biography of Louis Orr with a summary of his work in France and America
Biographical information and several interesting images of Louis Orr's French etchings.