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Historic America video tour of The Old Print Gallery

Last week we filmed with Aaron Killian, writer, historian, and president and founder of Historic America. Aaron is dedicated to bringing the history of our country to life through interactive publishing, tours, and the creation of digital historic research material. We were thrilled to be asked to do a video with him about our collection of historic prints- and to share our unique inventory with a whole new group of followers and history enthusiasts.

In the video, we share seven prints from our inventory, touch upon the role of prints throughout history, and talk a bit about our long 40+ year history as a gallery. It was fun morning of filming- Aaron was an engaging host, and kept the whole process super easy for this video newbie, asking stimulating and smart questions and sharing interesting facts along the way.

For more information on the prints show in the video, follow the links below:
Montanus 17th century view of St. Augustine
Edward Savage portrait of the Washington Family
Original Washington Monument Plan
Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
Currier and Ives’ lithograph of The Battle of Bull Run
Colton’s Washington DC map
DC Circus Poster

We hope you enjoy the video! Thanks again to Aaron Killian of Historic America– we encourage all of our blog readers to book a tour with Aaron you will see DC in a whole new light and learn a lot! Also, make sure to check out the Historic America blog– you can spend hours watching his videos and reading about our nation’s past (and present)- a fantastic site for history-buffs.

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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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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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Holiday 2013 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new Holiday 2013 Showcase has been sent out to our mailing list, and should hit mailboxes this week. The catalog features a wide range of prints and maps- including new Currier and Ives hand-colored lithographs, important early views from Henry Lewis’ Das Illustrirte Mississippithal, traditional holiday genre scenes, and a sampling of new contemporary prints (and accompanying  biographical information) from our local DC artists Deron DeCesare, Yolanda Frederikse, Jake Muirhead, Philip Bennet, and Susan Goldman.

Published in both traditional and digital media forms, we are now able to share our fantastic collection in a whole new way.  To receive our next Showcase in print, just send us your mailing information, via email.

Click the image below to read the Holiday Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. Holiday 2013. CLICK TO READ!

The Old Print Gallery Showcase.
Holiday 2013.
CLICK TO READ!

We hope you enjoy it!

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Besler Botanicals

Below are three hand-colored copper engravings from Basil Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis, the first great florilegium. Published in Eichstatt, 1613, two of these prints come from the first edition. Besler’s botanical work “is without doubt one of the greatest flower books ever produced in any country,” according to De Belder. It is “splendid in its array of large drawings, magnificent as a record of the plants in a German garden at the beginning of the seventeenth century” (Hunt). An apothecary and botanist, Besler was in charge of designing and maintaining the celebrated garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, Prince Bishop of Eichstatt. Besler spent 16 years creating the drawings for this work.

Hortus Eystettensis consists of 374 plates, arranged according to season. More than 1,000 flowers are depicted, representing 667 species. Dramatic and often intensely colored, the Besler florals are the largest early botanical prints ever made. Not until the publication of Dr. Robert Thornton’s Temple of Flora 200 years later was there another botanical work fine enough to equal Besler’s.

Asparagus domesticus. Thyrsus Aasparagi. Basilius Besler. Engraving handcolored, 1613. Paper size about 22 x 17 7/8" (565 x 455mm). Good condition with later hand color.

Asparagus domesticus. Thyrsus Aasparagi. Basilius Besler. Engraving handcolored, 1613. Paper size about 22 x 17 7/8″ (565 x 455mm). Good condition with later hand color.

Cinara major Boloniensis, Cinara Genuensium, Cinara seu Artischochi vulgatior. (Artichoke). Basilius Besler. Engraving, hand colored. 1618-c.1640. Sheet size 20 3/8 x 17" (520 x 432  mm). Overall good condition.  Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Cinara major Boloniensis, Cinara Genuensium, Cinara seu Artischochi vulgatior. (Artichoke). Basilius Besler. Engraving, hand colored. 1618-c.1640. Sheet size 20 3/8 x 17″ (520 x 432 mm). Overall good condition.
Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Helleboraster maximus. Basilius Besler. Engraving, c.1640. Sheet size 21 7/8 x 17 1/4" (557 x 438 mm). Good condition and color. Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Helleboraster maximus. Basilius Besler. Engraving, c.1640. Sheet size 21 7/8 x 17 1/4″ (557 x 438 mm). Good condition and color. Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

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