We recently added several lithographs from Henry Lewis’ DAS ILLUSTRIERTE MISSISSIPPITHAL (The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated) to our collection. In the late 1840’s, Lewis traveled the length of the Mississippi and, with the assistance of other artists, assembled a collection of sketches detailing scenery of the entire river. Based on these drawings, he proceeded to paint a panorama on a continuous length of canvas, which would be moved and viewed through a frame. The completed piece (hundreds and hundreds of feet in length) began its tour of American cities in the fall of 1848. Due to its popularity, a European tour quickly followed. While on tour in Dusseldorf in 1853, Lewis met and teamed up with the publisher Heinrich Arnz to redo the sketches as lithographs illustrating a book on Mississippi scenery. While production was sporadic and relatively unprofitable, the resulting seventy-eight lithographs provide an early and remarkably complete visual record of the Mississippi River.
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:
We hope you enjoy it!