Drypoint, Early 20th Century, Etching, Gallery Openings, Gallery Updates, Landscapes, Lithograph, Natural History, Prints

FEATHERED

Old Squaws #2. By Frank W. Benson. Etching, 1921. Ed 150. LINK.

Old Squaws #2. By Frank W. Benson. Etching, 1921. Ed 150. LINK.

The Old Print Gallery is pleased to announce its new winter show, FEATHERED, which will open on February 19th and run through April 9th, 2016. FEATHERED will celebrate the beauty, power, and reverence of winged animals, captured in prints. Artists have been forever fascinated by birds and their ability to gracefully navigate the open skies on stretched wings, suspended between earth, sky, and water, hopping from perch to perch. FEATHERED showcases the work of three celebrated natural history and ornithological printmakers from the 20th century- Frank W. Benson, H. Emerson Tuttle, and Stow Wengenroth. Each artist offers a unique, distinctive approach to depicting birds is in their prints, which makes for a varied and compelling grouping on the wall.

The prints of Frank W. Benson (1862-1951), nicknamed the father of sporting art, suggest the perspective of a naturalist and bird hunter. His close and watchful examination of a bird’s flight path and tendencies in the water offer a firsthand record of nature, gleaned not from dead models in a studio, but from a close familiarity of birds in the wild. Captured in Benson’s spare compositions and delicate line work, their vital essence is expressed in the way the birds move through their environment- sunlight and shadows hitting their winged bodies in flight, ripples in water as ducks float through still marshes, traces of a whole flock of birds dotting the horizon.

Aquiline Eagle (Eagle Head). H. Emerson Tuttle. Drypoint, 1937. Ed. 45. LINK.

Aquiline Eagle (Eagle Head). H. Emerson Tuttle. Drypoint, 1937. Ed. 45. LINK.

H. Emerson Tuttle (1890-1946), devoted much of his career to drawing and etching prints of birds, both from life, and using stuffed specimens in his studio. Arresting and commanding, his prints take on the appearance of formal seated portraits. Intricate detail is given to the patterns of feathers, the cock of the head, and oftentimes, the direct gaze of the bird. Tuttle’s prints are unswerving and full of personality- his birds take center stage and are only sometimes supported by a background. Tuttle captures their beauty and dynamism with his drypoint needle, imbuing his birds with almost human-like dispositions.

In contrast, Stow Wengenroth (1906-1978) is known for his landscapes, so his birds appear in their expected and rightful place, perched in mottled tree branches, exploring sand dunes, and in flight, weaving among shadows of trees. Birds play a principal part of his New England landscapes, adding movement and breathing life into his lithographic sceneries.

Breakwater. Stow Wengenroth. Lithograph, 1986. Ed. 50. LINK.

Breakwater. Stow Wengenroth. Lithograph, 1986. Ed. 50. LINK.

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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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October 2015 Showcase- Read It Now!

Our October 2015 Showcase has been sent to those on our mailing list, and can now be viewed online (just click the link below). Highlights in this issue include 19th century city views, maps from Jacques N. Bellin’s 1764 maritime atlas, Denton fish prints, Winslow Homer illustrations, and prints from our two most recent gallery shows, 20th Century People and Monotypes.

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 time for the 2015 holiday season. To receive our next Showcase, just send us your mailing information, via email.

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The Old Print Gallery Showcase. Volume XXXVIII, October 2015.
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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.

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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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New Additions: Alexander Wilson Bird Prints

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe have three new additions to our natural history inventory- several bird prints from Alexander Wilson’s “American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States.” One of America’s great naturalists and nicknamed the “father of American ornithology,” Alexander Wilson (1766-1813) learned much of birding from friend and fellow bird-enthusiast William Bartram. Working out of his father’s famous botanical garden in Philadelphia, Bartram taught Wilson how to draw, identify, and document different bird species. Wilson soon set out to document every species of bird in North America, an impressive undertaking that led to the creation of “American Ornithology”. Nine volumes of “American Ornithology” were published during Wilson’s lifetime. Of the 268 species of birds illustrated, 26 had not previously been described.

C.L Bonaparte published a supplement to “American Ornithology” in 1825-33, to complete what Wilson started, with prints by Titian Ramsey Peale and Alexander Rider.  A second edition printed from the original plates was published by Collins & Co. & Harrison Hall in 1829.

The three prints shown below are from the first edition of “American Ornithology”, published between 1808 and 1814. Engraved and hand-colored, these charming prints would make a beautiful addition to any print collector’s walls or personal collection.

1. Red cocaded Woodpecker 2. Brown-headed Nuthatch  3. Pigeon Hawak  4. Blue-winged Yellow Warbler  5. Golden-winged W.  6. Blue-eyed Yellow W.  7. Black-brested Blue W.  Alexander Wilson. Engraving, hand colored, 1808-14. Paper size 13 1/4 x 10 1/4

1. Red cocaded Woodpecker 2. Brown-headed Nuthatch 3. Pigeon Hawak 4. Blue-winged Yellow Warbler 5. Golden-winged W. 6. Blue-eyed Yellow W. 7. Black-brested Blue W.
Alexander Wilson. Engraving, hand colored, 1808-14. Paper size 13 1/4 x 10 1/4″. Good condition and color. First edition. LINK.

1. Rice bunting. 2. Female. 3. Red-eyed Flycatcher. 4. Marsh Wren. 5. Great Carolina Wren. 6. Yellow-throat Warbler. Alexander Wilson. Engraving, hand colored, 1808-14. Paper size 13 1/4 x 10 1/4

1. Rice bunting. 2. Female. 3. Red-eyed Flycatcher. 4. Marsh Wren. 5. Great Carolina Wren. 6. Yellow-throat Warbler. Alexander Wilson. Engraving, hand colored, 1808-14. Paper size 13 1/4 x 10 1/4″. Good condition and color. First edition. LINK.

1. Canada Jay, 2. Snow Bunting, 3. Rusty Grakle, 4. Purple Grakle Alexander Wilson. Engraving, hand colored, 1808-14. Paper size 13 1/4 x 10 1/4

1. Canada Jay, 2. Snow Bunting, 3. Rusty Grakle, 4. Purple Grakle Alexander Wilson. Engraving, hand colored, 1808-14. Paper size 13 1/4 x 10 1/4″. Good condition and color. First edition. LINK.

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