19th Century Prints, Botanical, Color Woodcut, Early 20th Century, Lithograph, Past/Present, Prints, Woodcut

Past/Present: Honeysuckle

past present logo copyToday we are happy to share a new Past/Present post, featuring two stunning honeysuckle prints. The older print is a scarce lithograph, with original hand color, from “Flora’s Dictionary,” by Mrs. E.W. Wirt of Virginia.  With a publication date of 1837, Mrs. Wirt’s book is one of the earliest colored botanical works published in America.  Rather than depicting a single flower, each plate shows a carefully selected grouping.  As Bennett notes, “The arrangements of flowers are beautifully balanced and the coloring is brilliant.”  (Bennett, “American Color Plate Books, 115).

The woodcut is by English woodcut artist Mayel Allington Royds (1874-1941). Royds grew up in Liverpool and turned down a scholarship at age of fifteen to the Royal Academy of London, in order to attend the Slade School of Art and study under the formidable Henry Tonks. After an apprenticeship in Paris working in the studio of Walter Sickert, Royds accepted a teaching post at the Havergal College in Toronto. She later returned to the UK to teach at the Edinburgh College of Art where she met three people integral to her artistic development and life: Samuel Peploe, a Scottish post-impressionist painter highly regarded for his mastery of color, Frank Morley Fletcher, under whose influence she took up Japanese color woodcuts, and her future husband, Scottish etcher E. S. Lumsden.

Together Lumsen and Royds traveled to Tibet and India, their experiences serving as inspiration for her later woodcuts, both in design and in the use of saturated, rich color. The scenes she created of India from 1920 to 1930s are some of her more renowned work. From 1930 to 1933, Royds created a series of flower prints, which utilized her bold color work and Japanese woodblock technique. These stunning compositions, including Honeysuckle, are now part of the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Scotland. Royds was a regular contributor to the Society of Scottish Artists, the Society of Artist Printers, and the Graver Printers in Colour, exhibited her work in Scotland, Manchester, and further abroad.

Hope you enjoy these two prints!

Image on the left: Honeysuckle, Coral Honeysuckle, Wild Honeysuckle, Hop. Plate XXIV.  From “Flora’s Dictionary,” by Mrs. E.W. Wirt of Virginia. Embellished by Mrs. Anna Smith. Published by Fielding Lucas, Jr., Baltimore. Lithograph, original hand color, 1837. Image size (vignette) 7 x 5″ (175 x 130 mm).

Image on the rightHoneysuckle. By Mabel A. Royds. Woodcut printed in color, 1935-38. Edition unknown. Image size 8 x 6 /12″ (203 x 165 mm).

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19th Century Maps, American Maps, Engraving, Maps

The Tourist’s Guide Pocket Map

The Tourist's Guide through the States of Maryland, Delaware and Parts of Pennsylvania & Virginia, with the Routes to their Springs, &c. By Fielding Lucas, Jr. Engraving, 1836. Image zie 13 7/8 x 19 5/8" (498 x 353 mm) plus margins.  LINK.

The Tourist’s Guide through the States of Maryland, Delaware and Parts of Pennsylvania & Virginia, with the Routes to their Springs, &c. By Fielding Lucas, Jr. Engraving, 1836. Image size 13 7/8 x 19 5/8″ (498 x 353 mm) plus margins. LINK.

New to the OPG inventory is a rare travelers pocket guide map of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware & the Chesapeake Region, by Fielding Lucas, Jr. This well delineated early 19th century map depicts the early roads (main and common), canals, and the railroads, which at the time of publishing were a new mode of transportation. The rail lines on this map are outlined in red, and include the route from Richmond to Fredericksburg, Washington to Baltimore, with a branch to Annapolis, and Baltimore to the western mining regions of Winchester and Cumberland. A table of distances from Baltimore to various cities and springs is shown in the upper right and central left.

Fielding Lucas Jr. was most active prior to 1825. He published his New & Elegant Atlas and contributed to the maps of Carey & Lea. Lucas issued very few pocket maps and most are very rare, especially those issued after 1830.

This particular map is bound into the original gold embossed covers with the title “Map of Maryland and Part of Virginia &c.”

To see other pocket maps available  at The Old Print Gallery, we invite you to visit our website. 

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Gallery Updates, Maps, OPG Showcase, Prints

2013 May Showcase

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The Old Print Gallery SHOWCASE
May 2013

The Old Print Gallery Showcase, May 2013 edition, was published early this month. We have sent it to everyone on our mailing list, and they should expect to see it in their mailboxes within the week. We are very excited to be publishing our third catalog,  and more importantly, very excited to give our collectors a glimpse into our inventory.

In this May edition, we cover a lot of territory. We give our readers a peak into our current ROSS/ROMANO show with several colorful collagraphs by the printmaking duo, John Ross and Clare Romano. We also highlight maps of the Chesapeake Bay, including a scarce, large scale sea chart by noted 19th century Baltimore publisher Fielding Lucas, Jr. Flip through our antique print selection and see several furry friends- prints of kittens and dogs pop up on pages 8 and 9. The last ten pages are a sampling of some new (to us) prints by contemporary and early 20th century printmakers- landscapes, still lifes, architectural details, and joyful and hushed moments offer an exquisite and varied selection for our collectors to peruse.

The May Showcase is available online- you can read it, download it, or email it to fellow art collectors and friends.  See it here.

You can also email us with your mailing information, and we will add you to our list so you receive a hard copy of the next issue. Email us at info@oldprintgallery.com.

The prints in the showcase are all online, and can be purchased over the phone at (202) 965-1818 or in person in our Georgetown DC shop. We are open Tuesday- Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 5:20 PM.

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