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Past/Present: Railroad Waiting Room

We have a new Past/Present post for our readers today, featuring two railroad scenes. The older print is a circa 1888 hand-colored engraving of a waiting room scene at a railway depot. The title on the verso of the print is “The Every-Day Life of Railroad Men”. This scene is repeated again in a 20th century lithograph by Charles Locke, entitled “Waiting Room.”

Charles Locke was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 31, 1899. He studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Ohio Mechanics Institute. He came to New York City in 1922 with Joseph Pennell to help teach lithography at the Art Students League, where he remained until 1937. He traveled to Paris in 1928 on a grant from Mrs. John D. Rockefeller to study the work of French painters. His students included John S. Curry, Paul Cadmus, and Don Freeman. As well as being a teacher at the League, he was also a student- learning etching from a friend and fellow instructor, Allen Lewis. Locke is well-known for his role as an educator, and for his prints of New York City docks, bars, shops, and everyday street-life.

Image on the left: In the Waiting Room of the Country Station. Engraving, hand-colored, c. 1988.

Image on the right: Waiting Room by Charles Locke. Lithograph. Edition of 40. Signed and editioned in pencil by the artist.

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New Additions: Artistic Food

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSToday we have three new prints to share with our OPG blog readers. These food-inspired chromolithographs were published by L. Upcott Gill, a London-based firm, in the late 1890s. Lithographed by Mclagen and Cumming, these prints are deliciously colorful and offer fascinating insight into the food culture of the late 19th century. All “artistically” arranged, the cakes, desserts, and entrée dishes are a dramatic visual display of the meals a cook could prepare using Cassell’s Universal Cookery Book.

Artistically Served Ices. Pub by L. Upcott Gill, London. Chromolithograph, c. 1890. Image size: 9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches. A composite of five decorative iced desserts. LINK.

Artistically Served Ices. Pub by L. Upcott Gill, London. Chromolithograph, c. 1890. Image size: 9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches. A composite of five decorative iced desserts. LINK.

Picnic Cakes. Pub by L. Upcott Gill, London. Chromolithograph, c. 1890. Image size: 6 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches. A composite of six decorated cakes. LINK.

Picnic Cakes. Pub by L. Upcott Gill, London. Chromolithograph, c. 1890. Image size: 6 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches. A composite of six sport-themed decorated cakes. LINK.

Artistic Luncheon Dishes. Pub by L. Upcott Gill, London. Chromolithograph, c. 1890. Image size: 9 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches. A composite of 11 artfully arranged luncheon meals, including oysters, snails and scallops. LINK.

Artistic Luncheon Dishes. Pub by L. Upcott Gill, London. Chromolithograph, c. 1890. Image size: 9 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches. A composite of 11 artfully arranged luncheon meals, including oysters, snails and scallops. LINK.

For more prints on food, cooking, and dining, visit our website’s “Food and Wine” category of antique prints, here.

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May 2014 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new May 2014 Showcase has been sent out to our mailing list, and should hit mailboxes this week. The month’s catalog features a wide range of prints related to architecture. Highlights include antique black and white engravings of architectural elements by Domenico de Rossi, compelling bird’s eye views of cities both foreign and domestic, as well as Gualtieri’s 1742 engravings of shells in spherical, spiked, and fractal forms. The showcase also highlights a sampling of early 20th century and contemporary explorations of space, light, and perspective by artists like Martin Lewis, Emilio Sanchez, John Ross, and many more.

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 September. To receive our next Showcase, just send us your mailing information, via email.

Read the May Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. Volume XXXVII, Number 2 May 2014 CLICK TO READ

The Old Print Gallery Showcase
Volume XXXVII, Number 2
May 2014
CLICK TO READ

We hope you enjoy it!

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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.

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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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