19th Century Prints, Engraving, Gallery Updates, Natural History, Prints

Thanksgiving Hours

Great American Cock, Male. (Wild Turkey). Plate 1. John James Audubon. Handcolored engraving, 1827-38. Paper size size 39 x 26" (990 x 606 mm). From the first printed edition of John James Audubon's "Birds of America." Engraved, printed, and colored by W. H. Lizars, Edinburgh. A true first printing by Lizars. This particular plate is often found with severe damages, as it was the first plate in the first volume, but this impression is unusually fine.

Great American Cock, Male. (Wild Turkey). Plate 1. John James Audubon. Handcolored engraving, 1827-38. Paper size size 39 x 26″ (990 x 606 mm). From the first printed edition of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America.” Engraved, printed, and colored by W. H. Lizars, Edinburgh. A true first printing by Lizars. This particular plate is often found with severe damages, as it was the first plate in the first volume, but this impression is unusually fine.

Holiday Hours 

Tuesday, November 24: 10:00am to 5:20pm

Wednesday, November 25: 10:00am to 2:00pm (closing early)

Thursday, November 26: CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

Friday, November 27: 10:00am to 5:20pm

Saturday, November 28: 10:00am to 5:20pm

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19th Century Prints, Color Lithograph, Contemporary, Drypoint, Early 20th Century, Engraving, Etching, Lithograph, Prints

Print Round-Up: Halloween

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM THE OLD PRINT GALLERY

Second Monster Portrait. Evan Lindquist. Engraving, 1981. Edition 25. Image size 9 x 11 7/8

Second Monster Portrait. Evan Lindquist. Engraving, 1981. Edition 25. Image size 9 x 11 7/8″ (227 x 301 mm).

Ghost Walk. Sarah Sears. Etching, 2001. Artist proof. Image size 7 1/2 x 12 1/4

Ghost Walk. Sarah Sears. Etching, 2001. Artist proof. Image size 7 1/2 x 12 1/4″ (190 x 311 mm).

Weissenburg Witch. Published by C. Burckardt's. Deponirt

Weissenburg Witch. Published by C. Burckardt’s. Deponirt “Druck u.Verlag v. C. Burckardt’s Nachf. in Weissenburg (Elsass.) Color lithograph, undated, circa 1880. Paper size 65 x 27”. Printer/Publisher stamp in lower right. Weissenburg/Alsace, France.

The Witch House. Salem, Massachusetts. Charles Mielatz. Drypoint, 1903. Edition unknown. Image size 9 5/8 x 6 5/8

The Witch House. Salem, Massachusetts. Charles Mielatz. Drypoint, 1903. Edition unknown. Image size 9 5/8 x 6 5/8″ (244 x 168 mm).

You've got what it takes - To haunt a house!!! Copyright T.C.G. Printed in U.S.A. Undated. c.1970. This lighthearted Valentine features a young man fawning over a young girl. Flip it over and reveal the girl frightening even the ghost with her face. Card size 3 1/2 x 2 1/2

You’ve got what it takes – To haunt a house!!! Copyright T.C.G. Printed in U.S.A. Undated. c.1970. This lighthearted Valentine features a young man fawning over a young girl. Flip it over and reveal the girl frightening even the ghost with her face. Card size 3 1/2 x 2 1/2″.

The Flying Machine from Edinburght in one Day, preform'd by Moggy Mackensie at the Thistle and Crown. Publish'd according to act of Parliam't. Engraving, c.1800. On broomstick by old Maggy's aid / Full royally they rode; / And on the wings of Northern winds / Came flying all abroad. / The Garden of Eden is before them / and behind them a desolate wilderness. - Joel Chap, 2, Ver. 3. Paper size 10 5/8 x 9 1/8

The Flying Machine from Edinburght in one Day, preform’d by Moggy Mackensie at the Thistle and Crown. Publish’d according to act of Parliam’t. Engraving, c.1800. “On broomstick by old Maggy’s aid / Full royally they rode; / And on the wings of Northern winds / Came flying all abroad. / The Garden of Eden is before them / and behind them a desolate wilderness.” – Joel Chap, 2, Ver. 3. Paper size 10 5/8 x 9 1/8″ (270 x 232 mm).

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18th Century Maps, American Maps, Copperplate, Engraving, Maps

Carte Nouvelle de l’ Amerique Angloise

Carte Nouvelle de l' Amerique Angloise contenant tout ce que les Anglois possedent sur le Continent de l'Amerique Septentrionale.... By Mathias A. Lotter. Published by M. A. Lotter, Augsburg. Copper plate engraving, c.1776. image size 23 5/8 x 19 3/8 inches plus margins. LINK.

Carte Nouvelle de l’ Amerique Angloise contenant tout ce que les Anglois possedent sur le Continent de l’Amerique Septentrionale…. By Mathias A. Lotter. Published by M. A. Lotter, Augsburg. Copper plate engraving, c.1776. image size 23 5/8 x 19 3/8 inches plus margins. Good condition, with original color. LINK.

This is one of the great maps issued at the beginning of the American Revolution. Published in Augsburg, this map depicts the 13 British colonies and Florida just prior to the outbreak of Revolutionary conflict. The map shows the colonies in great detail, albeit with unusual borders (particularly Maryland).  The map covers the area from the James Bay to the Gulf of Mexico and west to Lake Michigan. Shown are provinces, towns and cities, rivers and the Great Lakes. West of the Appalachian mountains, the Ohio valley is depicted with considerable detail, noting Native American settlements and prominent forts of the French and Indian War.

The map clearly appeals to French sentiments, limiting the claims of the British to the regions east of the Appalachian Mountains. Additionally, the title is written in French, which is rare considering the map is by one of the leading 18th century German publishers, Mathias A. Lotter.

To the right of is the title of the map and a list the 13 colonies, along with of Florida and Canadian settlements. It is enclosed in a decorative cartouche, on top of which sits the gleaming royal crest of the United Kingdom.

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18th Century Prints, Botanical, Copperplate, Engraving, Natural History, Prints

Weinmann botanicals

With the new fall season comes new prints for the gallery walls. We opened 20th Century People two weeks ago on one side of the gallery, and are in the process of hanging our “historic” side of the gallery with antique prints and maps which show off the full range of our gallery’s collection. Two new prints to this side of the wall are from Weinmann’s 18th century botanical masterpiece, Phytanthoza iconographia.

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Beta alba, Poiree blanc. No. 242. Johann W. Weinmann. Published in Amsterdam and Ratisbon. Copper engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1736-1745. Average platemark 12 3/4 x 8″ (325 x 203 mm). LINK.

61756

Aloe Americana toberosa yuccae foliis. No. 53. Johann W. Weinmann. Published Amsterdam and Ratisbon. Copper engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1736-45. Average platemark 12 3/4 x 8″ (325 x 203 mm). LINK.

A truly ambitious project, the Phytanthoza iconographia includes 8 folio volumes and over 1000 plates, resulting in one of the most comprehensive reference on plants, flowers, and fruits of the eighteen century.  The collection is impressive in both size and scope, both almost unparalleled in beauty. Weinmann utilized the talents of Georg Dionysius Ehret, a distinguished botanical artist credited with being the greatest influence on 18th century botanical painters, in addition to the help he received by N. Assam, B. Seuter, J.E. Rindinger and J. Haid.  Ehret is responsible for roughly 500 plates, half of the images in the collection.

Weinmann was one of the first printmakers to produce color printing from a single plate, resulting in a vibrant and cohesive image. The two prints selected, Beta alba, poiree blanc and Aloe Americana toberosa yuccae follis are excellent examples of the rich coloration achieved by this single-plate process. Vibrant greens and blues are coupled with a warm yellow under tone, a combination that makes these botanicals pop off the creamy 18th century paper.

Phytanthoza iconographia was published in both Latin and German editions, and a Dutch edition appeared in four volumes in 1736-1748. It was the Dutch edition that was brought to Japan in the early nineteenth century, and some of Weinmann’s illustrations were the source for those in Honzu zufu, the monumental Japanese botanical work by Iwasaki Tsunemasa. Honzu zufu was one of the two most important treatises on systematic botany in the Tokugawa period (1603-1867).

To see more Weinmann engravings, or additional botanicals from the likes of Thornton, Bessa, Redoute, and many more, stop by our Georgetown gallery in Washington, DC.

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19th Century Prints, Americana, Engraving, Portraits, Prints, Stipple

Rare Jefferson Portrait Added to Inventory

Thomas Jefferson, Esq. President of the United States. After a painting by Rembrandt Peale. Engraved by Enoch G. Gridley, State St. Boston.  Undated, circa 1801. Stipple engraving. Image size 11 1/4 x 9 inches (28.5 x 22.9 cm) plus margins. LINK.

Thomas Jefferson, Esq. President of the United States. After a painting by Rembrandt Peale. Engraved by Enoch G. Gridley, State St. Boston.  Undated, circa 1801. Stipple engraving. Image size 11 1/4 x 9 inches (28.5 x 22.9 cm) plus margins. LINK.

We recently added to the OPG inventory a rare, early American engraving of a key figure in our nation’s history, Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson (1743- 1826) was the Vice President under Madison and the third president of the U.S. ( from 1801–1809). Jefferson was one of the founding fathers of the Revolution. He was also the chief architect of the Declaration of Independence.

This particular print is extremely rare with only a few examples known.  The print is based on Rembrandt Peale’s portrait painted in 1800. It is a very close copy of a portrait that was engraved by David Edwin and published by John Savage in 1800 (while Jefferson was Vice President) and again in 1803 (while Jefferson was President) . Little is known about the engraver of this portrait, Enoch G. Gridley. Most references list him working in New York, then on to Philadelphia. This is the only known engraving by him that notes Boston as a location. This is also one of the larger plates that he produced. Most of the works that he produced were small, book plate sized.

REF: Stauffer – Fielding, American Engravers, supplement #531.

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