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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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2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The Children

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CHILDREN copyToday we present our are best gift ideas for the children on your holiday list. Instead of giving them clothes that they will grow out of, or toys they will lose interest in, why not gift them great art they can enjoy now and cherish later? These prints and maps would look great in a nursery or kids room, or adorning the living room and play room walls. Below are our gift suggestions for the children. Enjoy!

After the Rain II. By Antonio Frasconi. Woodcut, 1969. Inscribed "ed. 25." $600.00.

After the Rain II. By Antonio Frasconi. Woodcut, 1969. Inscribed “ed. 25.” $600.00.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Inscribed "47/51." $95.00.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Inscribed “47/51.” $95.00.

General Map of the United States. By John Bartholomew. Published by T. Ellwood Zell, Philadelphia. Chromolithograph, 1873. From " Zell’s Descriptive Hand Atlas of the World."

General Map of the United States. By John Bartholomew. Published by T. Ellwood Zell, Philadelphia. Chromolithograph, 1873. From ” Zell’s Descriptive Hand Atlas of the World.”

The Town / The Arriving. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1982. Signed, titled, and in pencil.  Diptych. $300.00.

The Town / The Arriving. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1982. Signed, titled, and in pencil. Diptych. $300.00.

Pig Bookseller. (Supplied title). Color lithograph, 1980. Whimsical scene of a street book vendor passing the store of "P. Sloat Ltd.  Bookseller."  All of the characters pictured are pigs.  Signed, "Hartt '80" in pencil and inscribed "239/250." $185.00

Pig Bookseller. (Supplied title). Color lithograph, 1980. Whimsical scene of a street book vendor passing the store of “P. Sloat Ltd. Bookseller.” All of the characters pictured are pigs. Signed, “Hartt ’80” in pencil and inscribed “239/250.” $185.00

Seald-Pep. Waverly Growers Cooperative. Color lithograph, c. 1930's. Image of old plane in flight. ORIGIN: Waverly, FL. SHIPPER/GROWER: Waverly Growers Cooperative. Original fruit crate label. $12.50.

Seald-Pep. Waverly Growers Cooperative. Color lithograph, c. 1930’s. Image of old plane in flight. ORIGIN: Waverly, FL. SHIPPER/GROWER: Waverly Growers Cooperative. Original fruit crate label. $12.50.

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Inscribed "44/55."

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Inscribed “44/55.” $225.00.

Johnny Sayre. By John Ross. Woodcut, Inscribed "Artists proof." $250.00.

Johnny Sayre. By John Ross. Woodcut. Inscribed “Artists proof.” $250.00.

Blue Deck. Sidney Hurwitz. Handcolored aquatint, 1994. Inscribed "22/25." $700.00.

Blue Deck. Sidney Hurwitz. Hand-colored aquatint, 1994. Inscribed “22/25.” $700.00.

Unicorn et al. (supplied title). By Arnoldus Montanus. Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1671. From Montanus' "De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America".  This view collects a menagerie of unusual animals that are found in the Americas including the elusive unicorn, an eagle, beaver and deer. $85.00

Unicorn et al. (supplied title). By Arnoldus Montanus. Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1671. From Montanus’ “De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America”. This view collects a menagerie of unusual animals that are found in the Americas including the elusive unicorn, an eagle, beaver and deer. $85.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.

 

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Arx Carolina

Arx Carolina is the title of this intricate and handsome copperplate engraving by Arnoldus Montanus, published in 1671 by Jacob Van Meurs in Amsterdam. The image comes from Montanus’ “Di Nieuwe en Onbekende Weerld: Of Beschryving von America” (trans: The New and Unknown World: Or, description of America and the Southland), a 585 page book adorned with vivid descriptions and illustrations depicting life in America. Montanus, a Dutch teacher, author, and printmaker, studied theology and taught his students about cultures and ecosystems from around the world. “De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weerld” is Montanus’ most famous book, one that was widely circulated during the late 17th century.

Arx Carolina is bird’s eye view of Fort Caroline, a fort established in the years 1562-64 by the Huguenots under French Capt. Jean Ribaut and later by Rene de Laudonniere. Located at the mouth of the River May (what is now St. John’s River, near present-day Jacksonville Florida), Fort Caroline was the site of a short-lived French presence in 16th century America. During this time, France was determined to expand its empire. Spain, the world’s leading power, had a solid foothold in the Americas and France wanted to share in the riches of the New World. Its first attempt to stake a permanent claim in North America was at La Caroline in May of 1562.

The settlement, under the leadership of Ribaut, was seen as a commercial venture at first. However, religious conflict in France, specifically the persecution of French protestants (Huguenots), led Admiral deColigny to make a proposal to the French crown to start a colony as a refuge for the Huguenots and others seeking religious freedom. In June of 1564, 200 French soldiers, artisans, and refuges, led by Rene de Goulaine de Laudonniere settled at La Caroline. Among the settlers was French artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. His job was to paint images of people, flora, fauna, and the geography of the America. It is with his notes and sketches that Montanus was able to accurately depict Fort Caroline more than a century later.

Arx Carolina depicts the early months of the settlement, as settlers and Timucua Indians worked industriously around the base of Fort Caroline, near the river’s south bank, to build a new home for themselves. Settlement went quite smoothly at first; however, as the months drew on, food stores ran out, the relationship between the settlers and the Timucua soured, and a group of settlers decided to mutiny. They left Florida, and sailed to Hispaniola and Cuba, where they were captured by the Spanish. Hearing that the French had settled in Florida worried and angered the Spanish. Spanish ships hailing from Vera Cruz and Cartegena, hauling gold and silver, rode the Gulf Stream through the Straits of Florida and up the southeast coast of North America. The Spanish worried that the French settlement of La Caroline would leave Spanish treasure ships vulnerable to French raiders.

On September 4, 1564, Pedro Menendez was sent by the Spanish King Phillip II to rid Florida of the French settlers. Ribaut and three hundred French soldiers sailed out to St. Augustine to preempt the attack, but they encountered a hurricane and were blown south. La Carolina was captured on September 20 by Menendez, and almost all of the settlers were massacred on the spot. Luckily, a small ship of French settlers, including Laudonniere and Le Moyne (with all of his notes and paintings in hand), were able to escape before the attack.

Arx Carolina serves as a tribute to the brief French settlement, depicting a scene that exudes all of the busy excitement of the Huguenots’ fresh start in the New World in exquisite detail. The view highlights the strong bond between the Native Americans and the settlers, showing them shaking hands and working along side one another. It also hints at the strength of the French soldiers and naval power at the settlement- gun emplacements litter the fort walls and ships float at the river’s banks. Moreover, the view gives great detail to the ecology of the region. The lithographs from Montanus’ book offer some of the earliest obtainable and recognizable images of the New World. While some argue that Montanus exaggerated the size and architectural sophistication of the cities he depicted, it is undeniable that his images are stunning examples of printmaking at its finest.

To view or purchase Arx Carolina, click here. To view more prints by Montanus, click here.

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