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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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New Additions: Currier & Ives

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe added several new Currier & Ives lithographs to our gallery, including many beautiful genre and landscape scenes which capture 19th century American life.

Currier & Ives was the largest publisher of hand printed lithographs. The firm published well over 7,500 different images over the seventy-three years it was in business. They specialized in lithographs hand-drawn on a lithographic stone and printed one at a time by hand, which is the original and traditional method of lithography.  Although steam presses existed, Currier & Ives felt that the impressions were inferior to the hand-pulled lithographic impressions. Over the years the firm worked with many artists and craftsmen. The founder, Nathaniel Currier, a trained lithographer, and his partner, James Merritt Ives, a bookkeeper and self-taught artist, proved to be the correct combination of an entrepreneur, craftsman, and artist to make the company the best during their time.

Many artists worked for the firm. Of the new additions, many were done by Frances Flora Palmer.  Known to many as Fanny F. Palmer, she was one of the best known artists to work for Currier & Ives. She was responsible for the majority of landscape images produced by the firm, even though only a few bear her name.

We hope you enjoy these new colorful and beautiful lithographs! To see more prints by Currier and Ives, we invite you to visit our website.

The Old Homestead. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by Currier & Ives. Lithograph handcolored, undated. Medium folio. LINK.

The Old Homestead. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by Currier & Ives. Lithograph handcolored, undated. Medium folio. LINK.

The Village Blacksmith. By Fanny F. Palmer. Pub. by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, undated. Medium folio. LINK.

The Village Blacksmith. By Fanny F. Palmer. Pub. by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, undated. Medium folio. LINK.

Landscape, Fruit and Flowers. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by Currier & Ives. Two-color lithograph handcolored, 1862. Large folio. LINK.

Landscape, Fruit and Flowers. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by Currier & Ives. Two-color lithograph handcolored, 1862. Large folio. LINK.

Winter Pastime. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, 1855. Medium folio. LINK.

Winter Pastime. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, 1855. Medium folio. LINK.

On a Point. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, 1855. Medium folio. LINK.

On a Point. By Fanny F. Palmer. Published by N. Currier. Lithograph handcolored, 1855. Medium folio. LINK.

"Thistle" : Cutter Yacht, Designed by G. L. Watson : Built by D. W. Henderson & Co. Glasgow.  Owned by Mr. Bell, Glasgow Scotland. Published by Currier & Ives, N.Y. Lithograph printed in oil color, 1887. Large folio. LINK.

“Thistle” : Cutter Yacht, Designed by G. L. Watson : Built by D. W. Henderson & Co. Glasgow. Owned by Mr. Bell, Glasgow Scotland. Published by Currier & Ives, N.Y. Lithograph printed in oil color, 1887. Large folio. LINK.

Niagara Falls. Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. Lithograph with handcoloring, undated.  Medium folio size. LINK.

Niagara Falls. Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. Lithograph with hand-coloring, undated. Medium folio size. LINK.

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