19th Century Prints, Americana, Engraving, Lithograph, Prints, Wood

First Battle of Bull Run

154 Years Ago Today…..

The First Battle of Bull Run was fought on July 21, 1861, near the city of Manassas, Virginia not far from Washington, D.C. It was the first major battle of the American Civil War. The Union forces, led by McDowell, were slow in positioning themselves, allowing Confederate reinforcements time to arrive by rail. Each side had about 18,000 poorly trained and poorly led troops in their first battle. It was a Confederate victory which ended with a disorganized and hasty retreat of the Union forces. Below are several prints we have of the widely documented (and illustrated) first battle.

The Battle of Bull Run, 2 P.M. July 21, 1861.  Alfred Waud. Published by Harper's Weekly, August 10, 1861. Wood engraving, 1861. Image size 13 3/4 x 20 1/4" (35 x 51.4 cm). LINK.

The Battle of Bull Run, 2 P.M. July 21, 1861. Alfred Waud. Published by Harper’s Weekly, August 10, 1861. Wood engraving, 1861. Image size 13 3/4 x 20 1/4″ (35 x 51.4 cm). LINK.

Col. Michael Corcoran, at the Battle of Bull Run, Va. - July 21st 1861. : The desperate and bloody charge of the "Gallant Sixty-Ninth," on the Rebel Batteries.  Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. New York. Lithograph, undated. Small folio - image size 8 x 12 1/4 inches. LINK.

Col. Michael Corcoran, at the Battle of Bull Run, Va. – July 21st 1861. : The desperate and bloody charge of the “Gallant Sixty-Ninth,” on the Rebel Batteries. Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. New York. Lithograph, undated. Small folio – image size 8 x 12 1/4 inches. LINK.

The Great Battle at Bull Run, VA., on Sunday Afternoon, July 21, Retreat of the Federal Army upon Centreville – Col. Miles’s Reserve Division Covering the Retreat and Repelling the Charge of the Rebel Cavalry – Panic Among the Teamsters and Civilians, and General Stampede Towards Arlington Heights. Published by  Frank Leslie, New York. Wood engraving, c. 1862.  From "Pictorial History of the War of 1861." Image size 19 7/8 x 29 1/4". LINK.

The Great Battle at Bull Run, VA., on Sunday Afternoon, July 21, Retreat of the Federal Army upon Centreville – Col. Miles’s Reserve Division Covering the Retreat and Repelling the Charge of the Rebel Cavalry – Panic Among the Teamsters and Civilians, and General Stampede Towards Arlington Heights. Published by Frank Leslie, New York. Wood engraving, c. 1862. From “Pictorial History of the War of 1861.” Image size 19 7/8 x 29 1/4″. LINK.

 

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Currier and Ives “Girl’s Name” Portraits

Today on the OPG blog we are sharing several of our Currier and Ives prints- the “girl’s name” portraits. Produced in large quantities for public sale, these prints were strictly a commercial venture for the firm. In addition to the 600 portraits of historical figures, presidents, sporting heroes, and drama stars, Currier and Ives published 250 “girl’s name” prints, close to 30 percent of their total portrait output. These name prints were idealized portraits of women and children, titled with popular Christian names of the day. To capitalize on their popularity, the firm would sometimes publish multiple prints under the same name or title- there are thirteen “Mary” prints, five “Josephine” prints, seven “Susan” prints. The lithographs all have slightly different compositions, picturing the girl in a new and elaborate outfit, sitting or standing, facing left or facing right, yellow roses in hair or red roses in hair. Several prints do not have a name at all; rather they are titled with sweet sobriquets like “The American Beauty”, “The Southern Beauty”, “My Sweetheart”, “Pride of the West”, and so on. Today, these sentimental prints are collected for their charming beauty, elaborate costumes, and delightful compositional elements. We hope enjoy them!

Maria. : 48. N. Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 12 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Shown seated in white dress with red cloak, hand strumming a lute. LINK.

Maria. : 48. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 12 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Shown seated in white dress with red cloak, hand strumming a lute. LINK.

Josephine. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated.  Vignette 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Shown in white lace dress with pink trim, wearing a gold double-strand necklace, with dark hair swept up in a jeweled headband.

Josephine. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Shown in white lace dress with pink trim, wearing a gold double-strand necklace, with dark hair swept up in a jeweled headband. LINK.

Catherine.  Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, 1845. Image size 11 5/8 x 8 1/16 inches. A full length portrait, with Catherine shown seated in a red dress, bouquet in hand and roses in a large vase on table. LINK.

Catherine. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, 1845. Image size 11 5/8 x 8 1/16 inches. A full length portrait, with Catherine shown seated in a red dress, bouquet in hand and roses in a large vase on table. LINK.

The Pride of the West. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, 1870. Image size 12 x 8 inches. Portrait of woman with  a red gown and roses woven throughout her hair. LINK.

The Pride of the West. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, 1870. Image size 12 x 8 inches. Portrait of woman with a red gown and roses woven throughout her hair. LINK.

The Eastern Beauty. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 11 7/8 x 7 5/8 inches. A carefully drawn woman, adorned with a red bow at her neck. LINK.

The Eastern Beauty. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 11 7/8 x 7 5/8 inches. A carefully drawn woman, adorned with a red bow at her neck. LINK.

Julia. Currier and Ives. Lithograph,  undated. Vignette 12 3/8 x 9 inches. This portrait shows a more mature woman in a blue dress adorned with pink roses. LINK.

Julia. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 12 3/8 x 9 inches. This portrait shows a more mature woman in a blue dress adorned with pink roses. LINK.

Susie. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 12 3/4 x 8 7/8 inches. A coquette with long, dark curls tied by a pink hair-bow gives a sidelong glance. LINK.

Susie. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, undated. Vignette 12 3/4 x 8 7/8 inches. A coquette with long, dark curls tied by a pink hair-bow gives a sidelong glance. LINK.

Henrietta. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 12 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches. Yellow roses adorn an eyelet ruffled dress. LINK.

Henrietta. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 12 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches. Yellow roses adorn an eyelet ruffled dress. LINK.

Josephine. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 11 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches. A formal setting with gown of rose and white. LINK.

Josephine. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, undated. Image size 11 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches. A formal setting with gown of rose and white. LINK.

Mary. N. Currier. Lithograph, 1845. Image size 12 x 8 5/8". Shown in full-length lace-trimmed dress, with a picture of the S.S. Swallow on the wall behind her. LINK.

Mary. Nathaniel Currier. Lithograph, 1845. Image size 12 x 8 5/8″. Shown in full-length lace-trimmed dress, with a picture of the S.S. Swallow on the wall behind her. LINK.

Spring. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, 1870. Vignette 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches.  Multicolored flowers in her hair and bouquet accent a blue dress and bow. LINK.

Spring. Currier and Ives. Lithograph, 1870. Vignette 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches. Multicolored flowers in her hair and bouquet accent a blue dress and bow. LINK.

 

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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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Holiday 2014 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new Holiday 2014 Showcase has been sent out to our mailing list, and should hit mailboxes this week. The month’s special holiday edition features a wide range of prints and maps from our collection.

Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, loved one, or yourself, we offer marvelous examples of important historical scenes, holiday genre, early 20th century American masters, and contemporary fine art. The maps selected for this issue offer a visual “tour around the world”, beginning with three pages of double hemisphere world maps,  an extensive history and list of available state maps by 19th century map publisher Ormando W. Gray, as well as the original 1792 L’Enfant/Ellicott Plan of the City of Washington by Philadelphia-based engravers Thakara and Vallance. Those interested in historical prints will enjoy our prints of George Washington, War of 1812 battle scenes, and George Caleb Bingham’s Stump Speaking– one of the most important depictions of 19th century American politics. Get into the holiday spirit by perusing the wintry genre scenes by Currier and Ives, Thomas Nast, A. B. Frost, and more.

Prints by American masters George Bellows, Robert Riggs, Armin Landeck, Martin Lewis, and Reginald Marsh all appear on later pages of the catalog, followed by a selection of our original, hand-pulled works by DC, NY, regional, and international printmakers. These prints are an impressive and alluring display of the current eclecticism found in contemporary printmaking.

Published in both traditional and digital media formats, 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 February. To receive our next Showcase, just send us your mailing information, via email.

Read the 2014 Holiday Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. Holiday Issue. Volume XXXVII, Number 4. Click to read here.

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. Holiday Issue. Volume XXXVII, Number 4.
Click to read here.

We hope you enjoy it!

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October 2014 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new October 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 and maps from our collection, focusing on woodcuts and wood engravings.

We share 16th century woodcut maps, woodcut portraits from a scarce 18th century volume covering the discovery and exploration of America, and wood engravings from 19th century illustrator and artist Winslow Homer. The famous Fry-Jefferson map of Virginia can be found on page 6 and 7, and is supplemented with additional examples of great 18th century maps of North America. We highlight several striking Currier and Ives small folio landscapes and pair them with a breathtaking and exquisitely-colored impression of Landscape, Fruit and Flowers, published by the lithographic firm in 1862. We round out the catalog with a sampling of early 20th century and contemporary woodcuts, many of which are are featured in our current exhibition Ink & Grain.

Published in both traditional and digital media formats, 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 during the holiday season. To receive our next Showcase, just send us your mailing information, via email.

Read the October Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. October 2014. Volume XXXVII, Number 3. Click to read here.

The Old Print Gallery Showcase.
October 2014. Volume XXXVII, Number 3.
Click to read here.

We hope you enjoy it!

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