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The Rose of the Capital

The Rose of the Capital. Published by Casimer Bohn, Washington. Multi-stone lithograph, 1861. Circular. Sheet size, 13 1/2" (341 mm). Triangular envelope, 6 7/8 x 5 5/8”. LINK.

The Rose of the Capital. Published by Casimir Bohn, Washington. Multi-stone lithograph, 1861. Lithographed and Printed by E. Sachse & Co. Circular. Sheet size, 13 1/2″ (341 mm). Triangular envelope, 6 7/8 x 5 5/8”. LINK.

Today we are sharing a new addition to our inventory-  a wonderful ephemeral depiction of Washington, D.C.- Casimir Bohn’s The Rose of the Capital. As only the second example ever recorded, it is a remarkable survival.  The Rose consists of a single sheet, trimmed to a circle with scalloped edges and printed recto and verso with images of Washington landmarks arrayed radially around a central image of a rosebud.

Front of The Rose of the Capital.
Front of The Rose of the Capital. Outer Circle: Washington, U.S. Patent Office, U.S. General Post Office, President’s House, East Room in the President’s Mansion, National Observatory, U.S. Treasury. Inner Circle: Frontispiece, N.E. Wing of the Capitol, Equestrian Statue of General Jackson, Liberty, Top of Capitol, Columbus, Rescue, Statue of Washington, Equestrian Statue of Washington. DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE FOR DETAILED VIEW.

The highlight is a view as seen looking over the Capitol toward the Mall and the Potomac, on a much smaller scale but similar in conception to several other Sachse views of the city. Some of the other images include interior and exterior views of the White House, the House and Senate chambers, the Treasury building, and equestrian statues of the Presidents Washington and Jackson.

Back of The Rose of the Capital. Outer Circle: Senate chamber, Hall of Representatives, Smithsonian Institute, Military Asylum, U.S. Navy Yard, U.S. Arsenal, Lunatic Asylum, City Hall. Inner Circle: Congressional Library, Columbia Armory, Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, Georgetown College, Columbia College, Arlington House, Washington Monument.

Back of The Rose of the Capital. Outer Circle: Senate Chamber, Hall of Representatives, Smithsonian Institute, Military Asylum, U.S. Navy Yard, U.S. Arsenal, Lunatic Asylum, City Hall. Inner Circle: Congressional Library, Columbia Armory, Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, Georgetown College, Columbia College, Arlington House, Washington Monument. DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE FOR DETAILED VIEW.

The Rose folds to fit snugly in a fragile triangular envelope of buff paper, which almost miraculously survives here. 

Envelope Front.

Envelope Front.

Envelope Back.

Envelope Back.

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2014 Capital Art Fair This Weekend

CAF LOGOThe 2014 Capital Art Fair will take place in Arlington, VA, at the Holiday Inn-Rosslyn Westpark Hotel this weekend. We invite all our OPG blog readers and gallery friends to come to the fair, see our selection of great prints, and experience one of the best print fairs in the nation!

A successor to the Washington International Print Fair and the Washington Print Fair, the Capital Art Fair is now in its thirty-fourth year of bringing collectible and desirable art to the Washington, DC, area. This year, the fair boasts over 20 distinguished art dealers from across the United States (including The Old Print Gallery and our partners, The Old Print Shop).

Diana Cooper, Untitled (Double Blue), 2013, OG13DCO0969Visitors to the fair will find thousands of works on paper from great master prints to cutting edge, contemporary pieces. The original prints, paintings, drawings, and photographs span over 500 years of creative expression, offering an impressive and expansive selection to DC art collectors.

The Capital Art Fair presents an invaluable opportunity, both in access and convenience, to the seasoned art collector, as well as those looking to break into the market. It is the only art fair in the Washington, DC, area where an extraordinary range of fine art will be available for collectors, museums, and the curious to purchase. It also gives a chance for the vibrant DC art community to interact and talk with exhibitors and dealers who are highly respected in the field, many of whom are well known to the curators of DC museums and established members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

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Tickets to the 2014 Capital Art Fair can be bought at the fair for $10. OPG Blog readers can sign-up online for free admission. Feel free to invite friends, art-lovers, or collectors- the more the merrier!

Free Tickets

The fair hours are as listed below:

Saturday, April 5, 2014: 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, April 6, 2014: 11 am – 5 pm

The Holiday Inn-Rosslyn Westpark Hotel is located at 1900 North Fort Meyer Drive, Alexandria, VA 22209. It is just over the Key Bridge from Georgetown and only one block away from the Rosslyn Metro stop on the Orange and Blue lines. The Fair is located in the Second Floor Ballroom.

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More information, including directions and a list of participating dealers, can be found at the Capital Art Fair website: http://www.capitalartprintfair.com/

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2014 Capital Art Fair

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The 2014 Capital Art Fair is in 19 days! Join us at the Rosslyn Westpark Hotel on April 5th and 6th to discover thousands of original works on paper from great master prints to cutting edge, contemporary pieces. Free tickets are still available for early sign-ups.

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February 2014 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new February 2014 Showcase has been sent out to our mailing list, and should hit mailboxes this week. The catalog features a wide range of prints and maps- beautiful and rare impressions of American maps, a handful of charming 18th century bird etchings from Martinet and M. Bouchard, and a selection of prints from our ETCHED show.

Published in both traditional and digital media forms, we are now able to share our fantastic collection in a whole new way.  We are already working on our next issue, which should arrive in May. To receive our next Showcase, just send us your mailing information, via email.

Read the February Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase February 2014 Volume XXXVII, Number 1 CLICK TO READ

The Old Print Gallery Showcase
February 2014
Volume XXXVII, Number 1
CLICK TO READ

We hope you enjoy it!

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James Dredge Jr. Locomotive Engravings

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James Dredge, Jr. (July 29, 1840 – August 15, 1906) was born in Bath to an architect father, James Dredge, Sr., a brewer originally, who designed suspension bridges and piers, including the Victoria Bridge in Bath in 1836, and the Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare in 1845, among over 50 others.

Dredge Jr. followed much in his father’s footsteps. A talented and applauded civil engineer, Dredge Jr. worked with British architect and fellow engineer Daniel Kinnear Clark from 1858 to 1861. In 1862, he began work on the Metropolitan District Railway in London, a passenger railway that served London and its neighboring areas from 1868 up until the 1930s.

59e_loco_xl_336_cIn January 1866, Dredge Jr. joined the weekly journal Engineering, working primarily as a writer. This shifted in the later 1860s, when he began illustrating for the journal- providing visual graphics, artistic explanations, and drawings and photographs of new buildings, bridges, and railways- all of which elevated the journal. His success landed him a position as co-editor of Engineering in 1870. In 1901, he founded a monthly visual supplement to Engineering, a journal named Traction and Transmission, but it only lasted three years.

59f_loco_xlvi_331_cThese scarce engravings of locomotives and plans were all drawn by Dredge Jr. for the publication Locomotive Engineering and the Mechanism of Railways by Zerah Colburn. Published by William Collins & Co., London, 1871, this important work includes detailed drawings of locomotives and cars for passenger, goods, and special-purpose trains. While most of the prints show equipment built in England and Scotland, some American engines are illustrated. Frequently, the plates include a cut-away plan, a favorite visual technique of Dredge Jr. to display the interior workings of great machines. The detail, large size and attractiveness of these engravings make them an appealing combination of science and art.

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To see all Dredge engravings, click here.  For more antique railroad prints, click here. 

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