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Print Round-Up: Bicycles

From the earliest depictions of penny farthings and velocipedes on dirt lanes, to modern-day prints of bike commuters navigating busy city streets, our prints celebrate and illustrate the convenience, athleticism, and joy of cycling.  Some of our historic prints show the bicycle in its earliest stages of development- with over-sized front wheels, or still lacking pedals or gears. They also highlight the beginnings of a strong “bike culture” in the 19th century. Many took to this popular form of transportation and amusement, going on long afternoon group rides or joining cycling clubs. We also have several great racing prints, showing fans at the velodrome, watching racers sprint around and around. Contemporary artists like Art Werger, Susan Pyzow, and Su-Li Hung have also depicted cyclists in their prints.

We hope you enjoy our bike print round-up, and we invite you to visit our Washington DC and New York City galleries to view these prints in person!

Tourists. By A. B. Frost. Published by Harper's Weekly. Photoengraving, hand colored, 1896. Image size 8 1/2 x 12 1/2" (215 x 317 mm). AT OPG.

Tourists. By A. B. Frost. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Photoengraving, hand colored, 1896. Image size 8 1/2 x 12 1/2″ (215 x 317 mm). AT OPG.

Six-Day Bike Race. BY Joseph W. Golinkin. Watercolor, c.1940. Image size 20 x 24" (508 x 610 mm). AT OPS.

Six-Day Bike Race. By Joseph W. Golinkin. Watercolor, c.1940. Image size 20 x 24″ (508 x 610 mm). AT OPS.

Bicyclist. By Susan Pyzow.  Etching, 2002. Image size 9 x 11 7/8" (225 x 300 mm). Edition 40. AT OPG.

Bicyclist. By Susan Pyzow. Etching, 2002. Image size 9 x 11 7/8″ (225 x 300 mm). Edition 40. AT OPG.

Cyclist Duo. By Richard Sloat. Etching, 2003. Image size 6 x 9 1/2" (152 x 240 mm). Edition 7. AT OPS.

Cyclist Duo. By Richard Sloat. Etching, 2003. Image size 6 x 9 1/2″ (152 x 240 mm). Edition 7. AT OPS.

Bike Lane, Queensborough Bridge. By Steven E. Walker. Woodcut, 2005. Image size 9 9/16 x 7 1/8" (243 x 180 mm). Edition 75. AT OPG.

Bike Lane, Queensborough Bridge. By Steven E. Walker. Woodcut, 2005. Image size 9 9/16 x 7 1/8″ (243 x 180 mm). Edition 75. AT OPG.

A Velocipede of Fifty Years Ago. Published in Harper's Weekly. Wood engraving, with modern handcoloring, 1869. Image size 4 3/16 x 5 3/4" (105 x 146 mm). AT OPS.

A Velocipede of Fifty Years Ago. Published in Harper’s Weekly. Wood engraving, with modern handcoloring, 1869. Image size 4 3/16 x 5 3/4″ (105 x 146 mm). AT OPS.

Bicycle in America.  The Germantown Bicycle Club starting out for a Race. By W. P. Snyder. Published in Harper's Weekly. Wood engraving, with modern handcoloring, Feb. 7, 1880.  Image size 6 5/8 x 9 1/8" (168 x 231 mm). AT OPG.

Bicycle in America. The Germantown Bicycle Club starting out for a Race. By W. P. Snyder. Published in Harper’s Weekly. Wood engraving, with modern handcoloring, Feb. 7, 1880. Image size 6 5/8 x 9 1/8″ (168 x 231 mm). AT OPG.

A Tour Awheel. By W. A. Rogers. Published by Harper's Weekly. Photogravure, 1899. Image size 6 1/2 x 8 3/8" (164 x 211 mm). AT OPS.

A Tour Awheel. By W. A. Rogers. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Photogravure, 1899. Image size 6 1/2 x 8 3/8″ (164 x 211 mm). AT OPS.

Figure Study, Woman on Bicycle. By Martin Lewis. Pencil on paper, c.1935. Image size 7 x 3 1/8" (178 x 80 mm). AT OPS.

Figure Study, Woman on Bicycle. By Martin Lewis. Pencil on paper, c.1935. Image size 7 x 3 1/8″ (178 x 80 mm). AT OPS.

Bicycle. By Su-Li Hung. Woodcut, 2007. Image size 11 3/4 x 12 1/4" (298 x 315 mm). Edition 50. AT OPS.

Bicycle. By Su-Li Hung. Woodcut, 2007. Image size 11 3/4 x 12 1/4″ (298 x 315 mm). Edition 50. AT OPS.

Wheeling on Riverside Drive. BY T. de Thulstrup. Published by Harper's Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, July 17, 1886. Image size 13 3/4 x 19 7/8" (343 x 556 mm.) AT OPG.

Wheeling on Riverside Drive. By T. de Thulstrup. Published by Harper’s Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, July 17, 1886. Image size 13 3/4 x 19 7/8″ (343 x 556 mm.) AT OPG.

The Velodrome de la Seine: The Grand-stand. By Georges Scott. Wood engraving, c.1880. Image size 12 1/4 x 19 5/8" (310 x 499 mm.) AT OPG.

The Velodrome de la Seine: The Grand-stand. By Georges Scott. Wood engraving, c.1880. Image size 12 1/4 x 19 5/8″ (310 x 499 mm.) AT OPG.

The Century Run. By Jay Hambidge. Published by Truth Company. Color photoengraving, 1897. Image size 11 x 17 7/8" (273 x 455 mm.). AT OPG.

The Century Run. By Jay Hambidge. Published by Truth Company. Color photoengraving, 1897. Image size 11 x 17 7/8″ (273 x 455 mm.). AT OPG.

Cycling in England - Down the Ripley Road. By Joseph Pennell. Published by Harper's Weekly, New York, Oct. 22, 1887. Wood engraving, hand colored, 1887. Image size  9 1/4 x 12 5/8" (236 x 325 mm). AT OPG.

Cycling in England – Down the Ripley Road. By Joseph Pennell. Published by Harper’s Weekly, New York, Oct. 22, 1887. Wood engraving, hand colored, 1887. Image size 9 1/4 x 12 5/8″ (236 x 325 mm). AT OPG.

Bicycling on Riverside Drive, New York. By W. A. Rogers. Published by Harper's Weekly, New York. Photoengraving, hand colored, c. 1895. Image size 8 1/2 x 13 1/4" (214 x 339 mm). AT OPG.

Bicycling on Riverside Drive, New York. By W. A. Rogers. Published by Harper’s Weekly, New York. Photoengraving, hand colored, c. 1895. Image size 8 1/2 x 13 1/4″ (214 x 339 mm). AT OPG.

Delivery. By Art Werger. Etching and aquatint, 2013. Image size 13 1/8 x 9 3/16" (333 x 245 mm). Ed 25. AT OPG.

Delivery. By Art Werger. Etching and aquatint, 2013. Image size 13 1/8 x 9 3/16″ (333 x 245 mm). Ed 25. AT OPG.

AT OPG= Print is located at The Old Print Gallery, 1220 31st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. www.oldprintgallery.com  t: 202-965-1818

AT OPS= Print is located at The Old Print Shop, 150 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, 10016. www.oldprintshop.com  t:212-683-3950

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Inauguration Day in Washington

With Inauguration Day just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to present our readers with antique prints of past inaugurations. DC is currently  busy at work preparing for the great influx of people about to descent on our city to see President Obama start his second term. Extra cell phone towers are popping up on the mall, streets are being repaved and repainted, and the DC  government is (as we speak) building large viewing platforms, fitted with wide screen TVs and heating.

Yet despite our city’s tech-savvy face-lift, when you look at these old prints, you’ll noticed not much has changed. Yes, Obama will be in a limo, not a horse and carriage like some past presidents. And visitors will probably notice less top hats and petticoats and more smart phones in the crowds than in years past. Yet all of the fanfare and excitement that comes as a result of witnessing an important day in history- that resonates both in the images of the past and in present day. People will still climb to rooftop vistas and immerse themselves into the thick crowds that line Pennsylvania Avenue. Balls will still be held under the red, white, and blue flags and bunting. And the tradition of swearing in a president for another four-year term will continue. 

We hope you enjoy these great images from the past! (Out of town visitors- feel free to escape the weekend crowds and stop by our  gallery to see these prints in person! We are open Tuesday- Saturday from 10 am to 5:20 pm.) 

President Lincoln's Reinauguration at the Capitol. Hand-colored wood engraving published by Harper’s Weekly, 1865.

President Lincoln’s Reinauguration at the Capitol.  Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored, wood engraving, 1865. [Abraham Lincoln]

The Inauguration of President Harrison. By Thulstrup and Graham. Published by Harper's Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889.

The Inauguration of President Harrison. The Procession Returning from the Capitol. By Thulstrup and Graham. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889. [Benjamin Harrison].

The Inauguration Ball in the Pension Building, Washington.  By Thulstrup and Graham. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889.

The Inauguration Ball in the Pension Building, Washington. By Thulstrup and Graham. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889. [Benjamin Harrison].

The Inauguration Ball. By G. W. Peters. Published by Harper's Weekly. Handcolored wood engraving, 1893.

The Inauguration Ball. By G. W. Peters. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1893. [Grover Cleveland].

Inauguration Day in Washington.  View from the Dome of the New Congressional Library - Crowds Gathering to Witness the Ceremony at the East Front of the Capitol. By G. W. Peters. Published by Harper's Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889. [Benjamin Harrison].

Inauguration Day in Washington. View from the Dome of the New Congressional Library – Crowds Gathering to Witness the Ceremony at the East Front of the Capitol. By G. W. Peters. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889. [Benjamin Harrison].

The Inauguration Ball, Washington, March 4th. The Entrance to North Wing of the Treasury Building. - Arrival of Guests. By James E. Taylor. Published by Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Wood engraving, 1869. [Ulysses S. Grant].

The Inauguration Ball, Washington, March 4th. The Entrance to North Wing of the Treasury Building. – Arrival of Guests. By James E. Taylor. Published by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Wood engraving, 1869. [Ulysses S. Grant].

The Inauguration of President Garfield. By A. B. Frost. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Wood engraving, 1881.  [James A. Garfield].

The Inauguration of President Garfield. By A. B. Frost. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Wood engraving, 1881. [James A. Garfield].

 

 

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