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Tribune Tower. Martin Levine. Etching and aquatint, 2013. Ed. 10/50.  Image size 11 3/4 x 15 5/8 inches Signed and titled in pencil. LINK.

Tribune Tower. Martin Levine. Etching and aquatint, 2013. Ed. 10/50. Image size 11 3/4 x 15 5/8 inches Signed and titled in pencil. LINK.

Last Weekend for Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print 

Stop by this weekend to see our exhibit Form Light Line: Architecture in Print before the show comes down on Sunday. This group show of 18 printmakers spans over 90 years of creative expression, with prints by 20th century American artists John Taylor Arms, Martin Lewis, and Armin Landeck coupled with works by cutting-edge, contemporary printmakers. Artists have long found beauty in the strength, durability, and utility of buildings. Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print allows gallery viewers to experience familiar constructions through the artist’s eye- to visually explore how surfaces capture light, how windows both reveal and reflect, and how dimensional spaces can be flattened and abstracted into planes of light and dark.

“Architecture has a natural affinity with printmaking. Buildings begin as lines on paper and are increasingly likely to end up as unadorned assemblies of right angles and blank planes. There are some pictures in the Old Print Gallery’s impressive “Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print” that are similarly stark. More of them, though, exalt the details of commercial, industrial or ecclesiastical structures.” Mark Jenkins, Washington Post 

Read the full Washington Post review here. See the prints selected for the show here.  Form Light Line: Architecture in Print will be on view until September 13, 2014.


Athletes. By John J. A. Murphy. Wood Engraving, c.1930. Image size 6 15/16 x 7 3/4 inches. LINK.

Athletes. By John J. A. Murphy. Wood Engraving, c.1930. Image size 6 15/16 x 7 3/4 inches. LINK.

Ink & Grain Opens Next Friday, September 18th

We are excited to announce our new fall print show, Ink & Grain, which will open next Friday, September 19, 2014 with a free opening night reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Ink & Grain highlights 20th century printmakers who excelled in woodcuts and wood engravings. One of the most ancient forms of printmaking, the woodcut saw an energized revival during the 20th century. American printmakers experimented heavily with technique, by manipulating the grain of the wooden matrix and crafting new methods of ink and color application. Ink & Grain celebrates this renaissance and the skilled printmakers who worked in the form of editioned prints, hand-made books, and commercial book illustrations.

Selected Artists: Gustave Baumann, Asa Cheffetz, Werner Drewes, Leo Frank, Antonio Frasconi, Eliza Draper Gardiner, Norma Bassett Hall, Barbara Latham, Clare Leighton, John J. A. Murphy, Luigi Rist, Mabel Royds, Charles Svendsen, Paul Wenck, Lawrence N. Wilbur, and Adja Yunkers.

To see the prints selected for this show, click here. To read the full Ink & Grain Press release, click here.


A New Fall Showcase in October

The Old Print Gallery publishes informative quarterly showcases, to keep our collectors apprised of new prints added to our inventory and spotlight significant pieces they can add to their own personal collections. We are adding the finishing touches to our Fall 2014 Showcase, which will hit mailboxes and inboxes in early October.

Inspired by our Ink & Grain show, this Showcase will delve further into the world of woodcuts and wood engravings. By pulling pieces from our historical print (and map!) collection, 20th century works, and contemporary prints, we can track this printmaking medium through time. We also have gorgeous examples of 18th century maps of the Americas from likes of Thomas Kitchen, Robert de Vaugondy, and a special full-page feature on Fry & Jefferson’s A Map of the Most Inhabited part of Virginia. We round out the catalog with Audubon and Gould natural history prints, Currier & Ives landscapes, and a very unique print to grace the cover. 

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Map of the United States. Published by Case, Tiffany & Company. Handcolored stone engraving, 1851-1852. Image size 23 3/4 x 24" (602 x 657 mm) plus margins. LINK.
19th Century Maps, American Maps, Engraving, Maps, Stone

1852 Map of the United States

Map of the United States. Published by Case, Tiffany & Company. Handcolored stone engraving, 1851-1852. Image size 23 3/4 x 24" (602 x 657 mm) plus margins. LINK.

Map of the United States. Published by Case, Tiffany & Company. Handcolored stone engraving, 1851-1852. Image size 23 3/4 x 24″ (602 x 657 mm) plus margins. LINK.

New to the OPG inventory is this colorful map of the United States, Mexico, and Central America.  Published by Case, Tiffany & Co. in 1852, the map is an incredible snapshot of the United States right after the Compromise of 1850. It was a very tumultuous time for our nation; and the delineation and distribution (as well as political leanings) of new territory acquired at the the end of the Mexican-American War were bitterly contested.1063detail2

This map shows the newly created state of California, added to the Union as a free state. It also depicts the boundaries for the Territory of New Mexico and Utah Territory.  The shape of Texas is distorted on the map, as a result of the Rio Grande engraved too vertically.

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A portrait of George Washington, along with an early rendition of the Capitol building in Washington, adorn the right side of the map. The map also indicates important towns and cities, forts, missionary settlements, and railroad lines. Steamboat routes from New York to Chagres and to California by way of Panama are also shown.

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New Additions: Decorative Lettering

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe recently added several beautiful prints from an 1880 engraved book of penmanship and lettering. Each page offers sumptuous script examples, ranging from the traditional to the ornate to the quirky. Lettering has a long tradition in books and prints- some of the earliest examples of ornamental script come from medieval and renaissance illuminated manuscripts. In the Victorian era, penmanship, calligraphy, and decorative lettering were taught in schools. Publications like this one gave interested students of script examples of lavish and lush type. The prints featured today are typographic gems, with the slightly slopping letters of calligraphy mixed in with  blocky, Gothic blackletter examples. A true gem is the print of two “Rustic Alphabets”, designed by Daniel T. Ames and Charles Rollinson. Curled leaves and twisted tree trunks transform into lower and uppercase alphabet letters, which are populated with small, sweet birds flying from letter to letter. We also added several engraved certificates, which are prime examples of vintage handwritten script and engraved decorative elements co-existing on one page. Hope you enjoy!

Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2" (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2″ (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2" (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2″ (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

Designs for Book Marking.  Page 44. Engraving, 1880.Image size 11 1/2 x 9" (295 x 230 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  Four examples of ornately lettered book markers. LINK.

Designs for Book Marking. Page 44. Engraving, 1880.Image size 11 1/2 x 9″ (295 x 230 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. Four examples of ornately lettered book markers. LINK.

Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames.  Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4" (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames. Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4″ (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames.  Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4" (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

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Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames. Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4″ (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

Souvenir....   Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2" (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

Souvenir…. Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2″ (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

(DETAIL OF)  Souvenir....   Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2" (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Souvenir…. Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2″ (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York... City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876...Francis Rogers... Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the "courteous manner in which he discharged his duties" as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York… City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876…Francis Rogers. Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the “courteous manner in which he discharged his duties” as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

(DETAIL OF)  I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York... City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876...Francis Rogers... Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the "courteous manner in which he discharged his duties" as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

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I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York… City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876…Francis Rogers… Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the “courteous manner in which he discharged his duties” as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

(DETAIL OF)  I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York... City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876...Francis Rogers... Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the "courteous manner in which he discharged his duties" as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

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I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York… City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876…Francis Rogers… Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the “courteous manner in which he discharged his duties” as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

City of New York... Hon. Jordan L. Mott... Board of Aldermen... Jan. 5th, 1880... Engraving,1880. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks for service as an alderman in 1879. LINK.

City of New York… Hon. Jordan L. Mott… Board of Aldermen… Jan. 5th, 1880. Engraving,1880. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks for service as an alderman in 1879. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

 

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19th Century Maps, American Maps, Engraving, Maps, New Additions, Pocket Maps, Stone

New Additions: Washington DC Pocket Map

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe just added an early pocket map of Washington DC to our inventory. Pocket maps, sometimes called case maps, are separately-issued, folding maps attached or slid into a hard cover. They first appeared in the United States in the 1820s and 30s, partly prompted by the burgeoning development of railways. The early pocket maps emphasize new railroad lines, canals, and road distances, sometimes with charts of calculated travel times to and from key cities. During the Civil War, pocket maps had significant military use due to portability and lower production costs. Later pocket maps were used like advertisements, produced by entrepreneurial business owners and travel companies.

Hope you enjoy!

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Map of the City of Washington. By F. C. DeKrafft. Published by A. Rothwell. Stone engraving,1836. 15 3/8 x 20 3/4″ plus hairline margins. Retains original red leather covers with gold tooled title, “City of Washington.” Accompanied by a 18 page guide to the city with the title, “Picture of the City of Washington, Being a Concise Description of the City, Public Buildings, &c. Accompanied by a correct map.” Of note, the newly formed “Jackson City” (1835) in shown across the Long Bridge in Virginia. The railroad route to Baltimore is also shown prominently on the map. Engraved by Mrs. W. I. Stone. B. Homans, printer  LINK.

 

 

 

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“Ink & Grain” to open in September

Autumn Road Santa Fe. By Norma Basset Hall. Color woodblock, 1928. Signed in pencil by the artist.

Autumn Road Santa Fe. By Norma Basset Hall. Color woodblock, 1928. Signed in pencil by the artist.

The Old Print Gallery is proud to announce its new fall print show, Ink & Grain, which will open on Friday, September 19, 2014 with a free opening night reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Ink & Grain is a group show, highlighting 20th century printmakers who excelled in woodcuts and wood engravings. The exhibit will remain on view at the Old Print Gallery until November 15th, 2014.

One of the most ancient forms of printmaking, the woodcut was in huge decline in the 19th century, as printmakers turned to other forms of reproductive mediums. Luckily, the 20th century saw a revived and energized artistic expression for woodcuts and wood engravings. These new woodcut artists experimented heavily with technique, in ways both innovative and nuanced. Printmakers, like Werner Drewes and Barbara Latham, incorporated the grain of the woodblock directly into the composition of their prints- surrendering to its complexities while highlighting its unique, undulating patterns. Others, including Gustave Baumann, Leo Frank, Norma Bassset Hall, and Luigi Rist, experimented with new methods of ink and color application, resulting in stylized prints in a bold, modern palate, as well as softer, luminous color prints inked onto thin Japanese paper.

Sea Shell and Carlic. Luigi Rist. Color woodcut, 1947. Signed in ink on the block. Titled and inscribed "150 Edition" in pencil.

Sea Shell and Garlic. Luigi Rist. Color woodcut, 1947. Signed in ink on the block. Titled and inscribed “150 Edition” in pencil.

Wood engravings also saw a resurgence during the 20th century, especially in the form of artist’s hand-made books and commercial book illustrations. The show includes works by skilled wood engravers Clare Leighton, Lawrence N. Wilbur, and John Murphy, all who made a name for themselves as dynamic illustrators and artists.

Digging Potatoes. By Clare Leighton. Wood engraving, 1935. Signed and titled in pencil. Edition 30.

Digging Potatoes. By Clare Leighton. Wood engraving, 1935. Signed and titled in pencil. Edition 30.

Selected Artists: Gustave Baumann, Asa Cheffetz, Werner Drewes, Leo Frank, Antonio Frasconi, Eliza Draper Gardiner, Norma Bassett Hall, Barbara Latham, Clare Leighton, Alessandro Mastro-Valerio, John J. A. Murphy, Luigi Rist, Mabel Royds, Charles Svendsen, Paul Wenck, Lawrence N. Wilbur, and Adja Yunkers.

 

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