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New Additions: Reptiles and Amphibians

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSBelow is a sampling of our natural history inventory. Created between the 18th and 20th century, and published across Europe and in early publishing houses of the United States, these prints offer brilliant insight into the scientific dialogue of the past. Early scientists and naturalists would accompany explorers in their travels to newly discovered or conquered lands, recording plants and animals in detailed sketchbooks. Once home, these written descriptions and pencil sketches were put to the engraving plate and lithographic stone, and published in various compendiums of natural history, for wealthy patrons and a fledgling zoology community. Although printed initially for scientific purposes, as more artists became involved and printing technologies improved, natural history prints were collected and celebrated for their beauty and the finesse in which engravers merged science with art. With their alluring geometric patterns and arabesque forms, some of the most accurate and fascinating illustrations of the period were of frogs, snakes, and lizards. To see more reptile and amphibian prints from our inventory, click here. 

Bufo Vulgaris. Bufo Calamita.  Lithograph by Zanetti after Petrus Quattrocchi. From Iconographi della Fauna Italica by Carlo L. Principe Bonaparte. Published by Tipographia Salviucci, Rome, 1832-41. Highly detailed illustrations of three toads, one poisonous. LINK.

Bufo Vulgaris. Bufo Calamita. Lithograph by Zanetti after Petrus Quattrocchi. From Iconographi della Fauna Italica by Carlo L. Principe Bonaparte. Published by Tipographia Salviucci, Rome, 1832-41. Highly detailed illustrations of three toads, one poisonous. LINK.

Flying Dragon. Designed and engraved by William Daniell for his work "Interesting Selections from Animated Nature." Published by Cadell & Davies, London. Aquatint engraving, 1807. From the deluxe edition on large paper with the engravings executed on chine colle. LINK.

Flying Dragon. Designed and engraved by William Daniell for his work “Interesting Selections from Animated Nature.” Published by Cadell & Davies, London. Aquatint engraving, 1807. From the deluxe edition on large paper with the engravings executed on chine colle. LINK.

Untitled Snake, Tab. LVIII. By Albertus Seba. Hand-colored copper plate engraving, 1734-65. Published in Amsterdam. From "Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri Accurata Descripto Et Iconibus Artificiosissmis Expressio..." LINK.

Untitled Snake, Tab. LVIII. By Albertus Seba. Hand-colored copper plate engraving, 1734-65. Published in Amsterdam. From “Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri Accurata Descripto Et Iconibus Artificiosissmis Expressio…” LINK.

No. 412. By F. P. Nodder. Engraving with original hand-color, 1799. Two salamanders from George Shaw's "the Naturalist's Miscellany", published from 1790 to 1813. LINK.

No. 412. By F. P. Nodder. Engraving with original hand-color, 1799. Two salamanders from George Shaw’s “The Naturalist’s Miscellany”, published from 1790 to 1813. LINK.

Anguis niger, maculis rubris & luteis eleganter varius: The Bead Snake; Convolvulus Radice tuberoso esculento: The Virginian Potato. By Mark Catesby. Hand-colored engraving, 1800.  T. 60. From, ‘The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: Containing Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects and Plants:…’ Engravings by Mark Catesby, published in London. LINK.

Anguis niger, maculis rubris & luteis eleganter varius: The Bead Snake; Convolvulus Radice tuberoso esculento: The Virginian Potato. By Mark Catesby. Hand-colored engraving, 1800. T. 60. From, ‘The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: Containing Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects and Plants:…’ Engravings by Mark Catesby, published in London. LINK.

The Black Iguana. By P. J. Smit. Chromolithograph, 1904. Published in Saalfield, New York. From "Library of Natural History" by Richard Lydekker. LINK.

The Black Iguana. By P. J. Smit. Chromolithograph, 1904. Published in Saalfield, New York. From “Library of Natural History” by Richard Lydekker. LINK.

American Frogs and Toads. Lithographed by Julius Bien & Co. Lith.  N.Y.  Published by Todd, Mead & Co., New York. Chromolithograph, 1902. Several types of frogs and toads are pictured. LINK.

American Frogs and Toads. Lithographed by Julius Bien & Co. Lith. N.Y. Published by Todd, Mead & Co., New York. Chromolithograph, 1902. Several types of frogs and toads are pictured. LINK.

Untitled. XXVII. (Aligator, crocodile and two large lizards). Published by A. Fullarton, London and Edinburgh. Engraving with original hand-color, 1854. A natural history print from Oliver Goldsmith's "A History of the Earth and Animated Nature." This edition is distinguished by having the birds and animals displayed in full color against a black-and-white background. LINK.

Untitled. XXVII. (Alligator, crocodile and two large lizards). Published by A. Fullarton, London and Edinburgh. Engraving with original hand-color, 1854. A natural history print from Oliver Goldsmith’s “A History of the Earth and Animated Nature.” This edition is distinguished by having the birds and animals displayed in full color against a black-and-white background. LINK.

Coluber Monspessulanus. By Battistelli. Lithograph, hand-colored, 1834. A 19th century lithograph of a snake in full and inset of an aerial depiction of the snake's head. LINK.

Coluber Monspessulanus. By Battistelli. Lithograph, hand-colored, 1834. A 19th century lithograph of a snake in full and inset of an aerial depiction of the snake’s head. LINK.

Lacertus Griseus: The Lyon Lizard; Viscum Caryophylloides, foliis longis in apice incisis, floris labello albo trifido, petalis luteis, longis augustissimis. By Mark Catesby. Hand-colored engraving, 1800.  T. 68. From, ‘The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: Containing Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects and Plants:…’ Engravings by Mark Catesby, published in London. LINK.

Lacertus Griseus: The Lyon Lizard; Viscum Caryophylloides, foliis longis in apice incisis, floris labello albo trifido, petalis luteis, longis augustissimis. By Mark Catesby. Hand-colored engraving, 1800. T. 68. From, ‘The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: Containing Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects and Plants:…’ Engravings by Mark Catesby, published in London. LINK.

Untitled Snake, Tab. XLII. By Albertus Seba. Published in Amsterdam. Hand-colored copper plate engraving, 1734-65. From Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri Accurata Descripto Et Iconibus Artificiosissmis Expressio... LINK.

Untitled Snake, Tab. XLII. By Albertus Seba. Published in Amsterdam. Hand-colored copper plate engraving, 1734-65. From Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri Accurata Descripto Et Iconibus Artificiosissmis Expressio… LINK.

 

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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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Washington DC Puzzle

The Capitol at Washington. Map of the World on Mercator’s Projection. (Puzzle, map, and view.)  View: chromolithograph. Map: multi-color rotolithograph. Published by McLoughlin Bros., New York, 1888.

 

We recently added a unique boxed puzzle, with a view of the United States Capitol building on one side and a map of the world on the other, to our inventory. The title on the puzzle box is: “A New Dissected Map of the World with a picture puzzle of the Capitol at Washington.”  It comes with a separate folded copy of the world map. The puzzle creates a striking view of the Capitol, with a blue and coral sky and lots of activity around the entrance to the Capitol. As is typical in 19th century puzzles, the outer ring of pieces all link into each other, while the inner pieces are flat-sided squares and rectangles.  The puzzle was created in 1888.

The puzzle was published by McLoughlin Bros., Inc., a New-York based publishing firm, active from 1828-1920.  The company was a pioneer in color printing technologies in children’s books and games. Early products were  attractively hand-painted, in what was an early form of an assembly line–the line drawings were passed from artist to artist with each one responsible for coloring in one of the colors. The company later experimented with chromolithographic and multi-color rotolithographic printing techniques. McLoughlin Bros. also specialized in the retelling of classic stories, with omissions of lewder or uncouth sections, to make the story more child-friendly.   By 1886, the firm was publishing a wide range of items, including chapbooks, larger picture-books, puzzles, games, and paper dolls. McLoughlin produced some of the most colorful and collectible board games in America, and was a prolific manufacturer of games until the company was bought out by Milton Bradley in 1920.

To see this item on our website, click here. You can also see it in person at our Georgetown DC gallery.

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Denton Fish Prints

Sea Bass. (Centropristes Striatus.) By Sherman F. Denton. Chromolithograph, 1895-1909. From the New York State report entitled "Fish and Game of the State of New York."

Sea Bass. (Centropristes Striatus.) By Sherman F. Denton. Chromolithograph, 1895-1909. From the New York State report entitled “Fish and Game of the State of New York.”

We recently added to our OPG inventory a large collection of fish prints by Sherman F. Denton. Denton ( 1856-1937) was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts, into a family of other famous naturalists. A knowledgeable and skilled artist, scientist, and naturalist in his own right, Sherman Denton was first hired by the U.S. Forest, Fish, and Game Commission at the turn of the century to illustrate fish of North America. His beautiful chromolithographs became the new standard to which other fish prints were judged.

Sheepshead.  (Archosargus Probatocephalus). By Sherman F. Denton. Chromolithograph, c.1900. Published by the Forest, Fish and Game Commission.

Sheepshead. (Archosargus Probatocephalus). By Sherman F. Denton. Chromolithograph, c.1900. Published by the Forest, Fish and Game Commission.

His success piqued the interest of  New York state government, who later commissioned him to illustrate their report titled “Fish and Game of the State of New York.”  The Report was published yearly between 1895-1909. Denton is also famous for developing and patenting new methods for preserving fish, butterflies, and moths, keeping the color closer to a life-like state after mounting.

The Canadian Red Trout.  (Adult Male). By Sherman F. Denton. Chromolithograph, 1895-1909. From the New York State report titled "Fish and Game of the State of New York."

The Canadian Red Trout. (Adult Male). By Sherman F. Denton. Chromolithograph, 1895-1909. From the New York State report titled “Fish and Game of the State of New York.”

Alewife or Branch Herring.  {Pomolobus Pseudoharengus}. By Sherman F. Denton. Chromolithograph, 1895-1909. From the New York State report titled "Fish and Game of the State of New York."

Alewife or Branch Herring. (Pomolobus Pseudoharengus). By Sherman F. Denton. Chromolithograph, 1895-1909. From the New York State report titled “Fish and Game of the State of New York.”

Female Land Locked Salmon or Quananiche. (Salmo Salar Sebago. Girard.) By Sherman F. Denton. Chromolithograph, 1895-1909. From the New York State report entitled "Fish and Game of the State of New York."

Female Land Locked Salmon or Quananiche. (Salmo Salar Sebago. Girard.) By Sherman F. Denton. Chromolithograph, 1895-1909. From the New York State report entitled “Fish and Game of the State of New York.”

To see more Denton prints, please visit our website.  You can also see these print in person at our Georgetown gallery.

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Yachting Prints

Below are several yachting prints we currently have in active inventory. While the invention of sailing is prehistoric, the racing of sailing boats is believed to have started in the 17th century Netherlands.  Custom-built yachting boats became very popular in England in the 19th century, and helped to increase the popularity of the sport. For years,  brilliant displays of yacht racing, like famous match-races such as The America’s Cup, have been a source of inspiration to artists. We hope you enjoy this quick round-up of prints. We have many more nautical and yachting prints in our Georgetown gallery- so we invite our readers to stop by and see these striking and beautiful prints in person.

To the Commodore & Members of the New-York Yacht Club, this Print of the YACHT AMERICA (Modelled & Built by Geo. Steers, Esq. Of New-York,) is respectfully dedicated.  Published by Brown & Severin, New York. Two-stone lithograph, 1851.

To the Commodore & Members of the New-York Yacht Club, this Print of the YACHT AMERICA (Modelled & Built by Geo. Steers, Esq. Of New-York,) is respectfully dedicated. Published by Brown & Severin, New York. Two-stone lithograph, 1851.

In Down East Waters  Boston Bay. By Fred S. Cozzens. Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Chromolithograph, 1884.

In Down East Waters Boston Bay. By Fred S. Cozzens. Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Chromolithograph, 1884.

Yachts and Barges. By George C. Wales. Soft ground, 1920.

Yachts and Barges. By George C. Wales. Soft ground, 1920.

Nina, 1928. By George C. Wales. Lithograph, 1929.

Nina, 1928. By George C. Wales. Lithograph, 1929.

The Cutter Genesta, R.Y.S. By Charles Parsons. Published by Currier & Ives 115 Nassau St. New York. Lithograph printed in color, 1885.

The Cutter Genesta, R.Y.S. By Charles Parsons. Published by Currier & Ives 115 Nassau St. New York. Lithograph printed in color, 1885.

The Yacht "Sappho" of New York. By Charles Parsons. Published by Currier & Ives, 115 Nassau St. New York. Lithograph, handcolored, 1869.

The Yacht “Sappho” of New York. By Charles Parsons. Published by Currier & Ives, 115 Nassau St. New York. Lithograph, handcolored, 1869.

A Fine Day in Autumn - Miniature Yachting. Published in The Daily Graphic, New York. Wood engraving, hand colored, Nov. 13, 1879.

A Fine Day in Autumn – Miniature Yachting. Published in The Daily Graphic, New York. Wood engraving, hand colored, Nov. 13, 1879.

 

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