Aquatint, Citiscapes, Drypoint, Early 20th Century, Engraving, Etching, Figurative, Landscapes, Prints, Wood, Woodcut

Lawrence Nelson Wilbur (1897-1988)

Ship Building - Gloucester. Lawrence N. Wilbur Drypoint, 1943. Image size 7 5/8 x 11 inches.  Edition 30. LINK.

Ship Building – Gloucester. Lawrence N. Wilbur. Drypoint, 1943. Image size 7 5/8 x 11 inches. Edition 30. LINK.

Born in Whitman, Massachusetts, Lawrence Nelson Wilbur traveled to Boston and Los Angeles before settling in New York. In 1925, he enrolled in the Grand Central Art School where he studied under Harvey Dunn, N.C. Wyeth, and Pruett Carter. As a photo-engraving finisher, he worked for the finest engraving shops in New York, as well as doing work for major magazines. The meticulous nature of this work aided Wilbur’s artistic development. Throughout his prolific art career, which spanned seven decades, he produced wood engravings, woodcuts, linoleum block prints and lithographs, as well as paintings and drawings.

His works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery, Philadelphia Museum, Library of Congress, and more, and he received numerous awards for his art, including the Audubon Artist’s medal of honor for a self-portrait in oil in 1957. He was a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, Painters and Sculptors Society of New Jersey, and Society of America Graphic Artists.

Abandoned Homestead. Lawrence Wilbur. Drypoint, 1938. Edition 45+27. Image size 6 x 8". LINK.

Abandoned Homestead. Lawrence Wilbur. Drypoint, 1938. Edition 45+27. Image size 6 x 8″. LINK.

Our Daily Bread. Lawrence Wilbur. Woodcut, c.1940. Edition unknown. Image size 8 x 9 15/16 inches. LINK.

Our Daily Bread. Lawrence Wilbur. Woodcut, c.1940. Edition unknown. Image size 8 x 9 15/16 inches. LINK.

Tranquil Harbor. Gloucester, Massachusetts. Lawrence Wilbur. Wood engraving, 1958.  Edition 55. Image size 8 5/8 x 10 inches. LINK.

Tranquil Harbor. Gloucester, Massachusetts. Lawrence Wilbur. Wood engraving, 1958. Edition 55. Image size 8 5/8 x 10 inches. LINK.

The Sprie - New York. Lawrence Wilbur. Drypoint, 1985. Edition 100. Image size 14 7/8 x 11 1/8" (380 x 282mm). LINK.

The Sprie – New York. Lawrence Wilbur. Drypoint, 1985. Edition 100. Image size 14 7/8 x 11 1/8″ (380 x 282mm). LINK.

My Family. Lawrence Wilbur. Drypoint, 1950. Edition 55. Image size 10 x 8" (256 x 203 mm). LINK.

My Family. Lawrence Wilbur. Drypoint, 1950. Edition 55. Image size 10 x 8″ (256 x 203 mm). LINK.

Model Resting. Lawrence Wilbur. Etching and aquatint, 1939. Edition 40. Image size 9 3/4 x 7 7/8" (252 x 201 mm). LINK.

Model Resting. Lawrence Wilbur. Etching and aquatint, 1939. Edition 40. Image size 9 3/4 x 7 7/8″ (252 x 201 mm). LINK.

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First Battle of Bull Run

154 Years Ago Today…..

The First Battle of Bull Run was fought on July 21, 1861, near the city of Manassas, Virginia not far from Washington, D.C. It was the first major battle of the American Civil War. The Union forces, led by McDowell, were slow in positioning themselves, allowing Confederate reinforcements time to arrive by rail. Each side had about 18,000 poorly trained and poorly led troops in their first battle. It was a Confederate victory which ended with a disorganized and hasty retreat of the Union forces. Below are several prints we have of the widely documented (and illustrated) first battle.

The Battle of Bull Run, 2 P.M. July 21, 1861.  Alfred Waud. Published by Harper's Weekly, August 10, 1861. Wood engraving, 1861. Image size 13 3/4 x 20 1/4" (35 x 51.4 cm). LINK.

The Battle of Bull Run, 2 P.M. July 21, 1861. Alfred Waud. Published by Harper’s Weekly, August 10, 1861. Wood engraving, 1861. Image size 13 3/4 x 20 1/4″ (35 x 51.4 cm). LINK.

Col. Michael Corcoran, at the Battle of Bull Run, Va. - July 21st 1861. : The desperate and bloody charge of the "Gallant Sixty-Ninth," on the Rebel Batteries.  Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. New York. Lithograph, undated. Small folio - image size 8 x 12 1/4 inches. LINK.

Col. Michael Corcoran, at the Battle of Bull Run, Va. – July 21st 1861. : The desperate and bloody charge of the “Gallant Sixty-Ninth,” on the Rebel Batteries. Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. New York. Lithograph, undated. Small folio – image size 8 x 12 1/4 inches. LINK.

The Great Battle at Bull Run, VA., on Sunday Afternoon, July 21, Retreat of the Federal Army upon Centreville – Col. Miles’s Reserve Division Covering the Retreat and Repelling the Charge of the Rebel Cavalry – Panic Among the Teamsters and Civilians, and General Stampede Towards Arlington Heights. Published by  Frank Leslie, New York. Wood engraving, c. 1862.  From "Pictorial History of the War of 1861." Image size 19 7/8 x 29 1/4". LINK.

The Great Battle at Bull Run, VA., on Sunday Afternoon, July 21, Retreat of the Federal Army upon Centreville – Col. Miles’s Reserve Division Covering the Retreat and Repelling the Charge of the Rebel Cavalry – Panic Among the Teamsters and Civilians, and General Stampede Towards Arlington Heights. Published by Frank Leslie, New York. Wood engraving, c. 1862. From “Pictorial History of the War of 1861.” Image size 19 7/8 x 29 1/4″. LINK.

 

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New Additions: Map of the Central Pacific Railroad

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe just added a scarce, early printing of a map showing the recently completed Trans-Continental Railroad, or the combined Union and Central Pacific Railroads, to our ever-growing map inventory. The map, a wood block engraving, was published by the California Mail Bag on August 1, 1871, just shortly after the driving of the “Golden Spike” in 1869.

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections. Published by the California Mail Bag, August 1, 1871. Wood block engraving, 1871. Image size 12 7/8 x 35 3/8

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections. Published by the California Mail Bag, August 1, 1871. Wood block engraving, 1871. Image size 12 7/8 x 35 3/8″ (32.7 x 89.8 cm) plus margins. Good condition. LINK.

The map shows an area from Chicago to San Francisco and from Madison, Wisconsin southward to Cairo, Illinois. It also notes the Utah Central Railroad, Ogden to Salt Lake City; Denver Pacific Railroad, Cheyenne to Denver; Kansas Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad, Oregon Division.

The map is surrounded by 24 illustrations of various scenes of California and Nevada, including views of Cape Horn, the Sierras, Anderson Valley, as well as mining scenes and illustrations of the railroad tracks and tunnels. A number of the illustrations are based on photographs by 19th century artist Carleton Watkins.

(Detail of) Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections. LINK.

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections.
Detail of smaller illustrations surrounding map.
LINK.

On the verso are timetables, as well as advertisements for stage and maritime shipping lines. Also shown on the verso is small map entitled “Map of the Rail & State Route to Big Tree Groves and Yosemite.”

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections.  Detail of Map of on verso, Map of the Rail & State Route to Big Tree Groves and Yosemite.  LINK

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections.
Detail of map on verso, “Map of the Rail & State Route to Big Tree Groves and Yosemite.” 
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This would make a great addition to any map collection, whether you’re a railroad buff, interested in our nation’s westward expansion, or a collector of 19th century woodblock maps.

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Print Round-Up: Superbowl Edition

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will face off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Whether you are a fan of Tom Brady and the Patriots or your allegiances lie with the defensive-minded Seahawks, the game (and accompanying commercials, half-time show, and viewing parties) should result in an entertaining and fun event. To celebrate, we are sharing several of our football prints- both antique and modern- on the blog. Enjoy!

Big Game Bartlett Pears. Color lithograph, c. 1930's. Image size 10 7/8 x 7 3/8" (276 x 187mm). Great image of football player with ball, in a stadium. The Big Game is the Cal Berkeley vs Stanford match, the grower graduated from Berkeley. Shipper: Dennis W. Leary. Origin:  Walnut Grove, Sacramento Delta CA.  Original fruit crate label. Before the use of mass produced cardboard boxes, fruit growers, packers and shippers printed labels and attached them to the wooden fruit crates or boxes used in shipping. Distributors would use catchy titles, images, and slogans to set themselves apart from other fruit brands. LINK.

Big Game Bartlett Pears. Color lithograph, c. 1930’s. Image size 10 7/8 x 7 3/8″ (276 x 187mm). Great image of football player with ball, in a stadium. The Big Game is the Cal Berkeley vs Stanford match, the grower graduated from Berkeley. Shipper: Dennis W. Leary. Origin: Walnut Grove, Sacramento Delta CA. Original fruit crate label. Before the use of mass produced cardboard boxes, fruit growers, packers and shippers printed labels and attached them to the wooden fruit crates or boxes used in shipping. Distributors would use catchy titles, images, and slogans to set themselves apart from other fruit brands. LINK.

Football. Sybil Andrews.  Four-color linocut, 1937. Edition 60. Image size 9 3/8 x 12 1/2" (237 x 317 mm). LINK.

Football. Sybil Andrews. Four-color linocut, 1937. Edition 60. Image size 9 3/8 x 12 1/2″ (237 x 317 mm). LINK.

Football (untitled). Edith Derry Willson. Etching, softground, c. 1940. Image size 7 x 9 15/16" (178 x 252 mm).

Football (untitled). Edith Derry Willson. Etching, softground, c. 1940. Image size 7 x 9 15/16″ (178 x 252 mm).

Hole in the Line. Joseph W. Golinkin. Lithograph, c.1935. Edition 50. Image size 13 3/4 x 19 13/16" (349 x 504 mm).

Hole in the Line. Joseph W. Golinkin. Lithograph, c.1935. Edition 50. Image size 13 3/4 x 19 13/16″ (349 x 504 mm). LINK.

Holiday in Camp - Soldiers Playing "Foot-Ball". Winslow Homer. Published by Harper's Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, Jul. 15, 1865. A football scrimmage turned melee. Image size 9 1/4 x 13 3/4" (234 x 349 mm). LINK

Holiday in Camp – Soldiers Playing “Foot-Ball”. Winslow Homer. Published by Harper’s Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, Jul. 15, 1865. A football scrimmage turned melee. Image size 9 1/4 x 13 3/4″ (234 x 349 mm). LINK

Missing the Tackle. Rosamond Tudor. Sepia etching, c. 1930. Image size 6 3/4 x 10 3/4" (173 x 273 mm).

Missing the Tackle. Rosamond Tudor. Sepia etching, c. 1930. Image size 6 3/4 x 10 3/4″ (173 x 273 mm).

A Day With the Yale Team. Frederic Sackrider Remington. Harper's Weekly, New York. Photoengraving, hand colored, 1893. Seven vignettes of football players. Image size 13 7/8 x 8 1/2" (353 x 218 mm). LINK.

A Day With the Yale Team. Frederick Sackrider Remington. Harper’s Weekly, New York. Photoengraving, hand colored, 1893. Seven vignettes of football players. Image size 13 7/8 x 8 1/2″ (353 x 218 mm).

The Princeton Yale Foot-Ball Match at the Berkeley Oval. T. de Thulstrup. Published by Harper's Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, Dec. 7, 1889. Image size 13 1/2 x 19 1/2" (345 x 496 mm.). LINK.

The Princeton Yale Foot-Ball Match at the Berkeley Oval. T. de Thulstrup. Published by Harper’s Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, Dec. 7, 1889. Image size 13 1/2 x 19 1/2″ (345 x 496 mm.). LINK.

Short Gain. Benton Murdoch Spruance. Drybrush drawing, c.1935. Signed in pencil, center right "Spruance." Image size 13 x 18 1/4" (331 x 464 mm). LINK.

Short Gain. Benton Murdoch Spruance. Drybrush drawing, c.1935. Signed in pencil, center right “Spruance.” Image size 13 x 18 1/4″ (331 x 464 mm). LINK.

Foot-Ball - "Collared". [football]. Published in Harper's Weekly, New York. Wood engraving with modern handcoloring, Dec. 1, 1883. Good condition and color. LINK.

Foot-Ball – “Collared”. Published in Harper’s Weekly, New York. Wood engraving with modern handcoloring, Dec. 1, 1883. Good condition and color. LINK.

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Happy Holidays from The Old Print Gallery

Merry Christmas. Thomas Nast. Published in Harper's Weekly. Wood engraving, 1879. Vignette 20 x 13 1/2. LINK.

Merry Christmas. Thomas Nast. Published in Harper’s Weekly. Wood engraving, 1879. Vignette 20 x 13 1/2. LINK.

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