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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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New Additions: Washington, DC

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NEW ADDITIONSWe have new Washington, D.C. scenes and maps to share with our readers today. We are very excited about the bird’s-eye view of Georgetown- it is difficult to find depictions of our section of town (OPG is located in historic Georgetown), so we are always on the lookout for interesting views and renditions. What is interesting about older depictions of Washington and its iconic buildings is they illustrate all of the changes and development that have happened to our city- several thoughtfully planned, and several as a result of unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances- like war, flooding, huge population growth, or new technologies, like cars, electricity, or plumbing. We hope you enjoy these views as much as we do!

1. Georgetown a bird’s eye view. LINK.

Georgetown a bird's-eye view. Photo engraving, c. 1970. Image size 23 1/4 x 31 1/4". A detailed view of Georgetown drawn by James Richardson, showing the Potomac River, Key Bridge and the Whitehurst Freeway in the foreground, Georgetown University on the left and Rock Creek Parkway on the right.  A Balloon is pictured on the upper left corner with the sign "Cartographie Richardson."  Before Washington Harbor. Mounted.  Black and white.

Georgetown a bird’s-eye view. Photo engraving, c. 1970. Image size 23 1/4 x 31 1/4″. A detailed view of Georgetown drawn by James Richardson, showing the Potomac River, Key Bridge and the Whitehurst Freeway in the foreground, Georgetown University on the left and Rock Creek Parkway on the right. A Balloon is pictured on the upper left corner with the sign “Cartographie Richardson.” Before Washington Harbor. Mounted. Black and white.

2. Washington City, D.C. LINK.

Washington City, D.C. By Theodore R. Davis. Published in Harper's Weekly, New York. Wood engraving; hand colored, Mar. 13, 1869. Image size 13 3/4 x 20 3/8" (349 x 512 mm). With modern handcoloring.

Washington City, D.C. By Theodore R. Davis. Published in Harper’s Weekly, New York. Wood engraving; hand colored, Mar. 13, 1869. Image size 13 3/4 x 20 3/8″ (349 x 512 mm). With modern hand coloring.

3. Washington, D.C. – The Inauguration of President Garfield. – View on the Grand Military and Civic Procession on Pennsylvania Avenue, Looking from the Dome of the Capitol.  LINK.

Washington, D.C. - The Inuguration of President Garfield. - View on the Grand Military and Civic Procession on Pennsylvania Avenue, Looking from the Dome of the Capitol. Published by Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, March 19, 1881. Wood engraving handcolored, 1881. Image size 20 1/8 x 14 1/16" (512 x 353 mm). An interesting perspective, with modern handcoloring.

Washington, D.C. – The Inauguration of President Garfield. – View on the Grand Military and Civic Procession on Pennsylvania Avenue, Looking from the Dome of the Capitol. Published by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, March 19, 1881. Wood engraving hand colored, 1881. Image size 20 1/8 x 14 1/16″ (512 x 353 mm). An interesting perspective, with modern hand coloring.

4. United States Capitol. LINK.

United States Capitol. By Louis Orr. Etching, c. 1920. Image size 15 x 23" (381 x 585 mm). A very detailed and handsomely executed view, typical of Orr's larger works. A flag flies over the entrance. Several cars are parked beside the Capitol steps. Signed in pencil.

United States Capitol. By Louis Orr. Etching, c. 1920. Image size 15 x 23″ (381 x 585 mm). A very detailed and handsomely executed view, typical of Orr’s larger works. A flag flies over the entrance. Several cars are parked beside the Capitol steps. Signed in pencil.

5. Map of the Cities of Washington and Georgetown D.C. LINK.

Map of the cities of Washington and Georgetown D.C. Published by W. H. & O. H. Morrison. Stone engraving, 1876. Image size, 15 7/8 x 20" (405 x 517 mm) plus margins. A fine map of the original plan for the city of Washington, divided into wards. Various sites are highlighted on the map itself, including the President's House, Capitol, Washington Monument, Naval Observatory, Arsenal at Greenleaf's Point, Navy Yard, City Hall, Smithsonian Institute and Howard University.  This map appeared in the 1876 edition of "Morrison's Stranger's Guide for Washington City." Black & white.

Map of the Cities of Washington and Georgetown D.C. Published by W. H. & O. H. Morrison. Stone engraving, 1876. Image size, 15 7/8 x 20″ (405 x 517 mm) plus margins. A fine map of the original plan for the city of Washington, divided into wards. Various sites are highlighted on the map itself, including the President’s House, Capitol, Washington Monument, Naval Observatory, Arsenal at Greenleaf’s Point, Navy Yard, City Hall, Smithsonian Institute and Howard University. This map appeared in the 1876 edition of “Morrison’s Stranger’s Guide for Washington City.” Black & white.

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Print Roundup: Baseball

With the baseball season in full swing, we thought it as good as time as any to share our baseball prints with our readers. (They also make great Father’s Day gifts!!) We have prints ranging from the 19th century all the way up to modern representations of America’s favorite pastime. All of the prints, unless otherwise noted, are in our Georgetown gallery for viewing and buying. We also ship if you are not local to DC. Enjoy!

The Batter. By Su-Li Hung. Woodcut, 1999. Edition 50. $150.00

The Batter. By Su-Li Hung. Woodcut, 1999. Edition 50. $150.00

The American Base-Ball Players in England, Match between  the Red Stockings and the Athletics, Prince's Ground. Published in Harper's Weekly. Full page handcolored wood engraving, Sept. 12, 1874. $250.00

The American Base-Ball Players in England, Match between the Red Stockings and the Athletics, Prince’s Ground. Published in Harper’s Weekly. Full page handcolored wood engraving, Sept. 12, 1874. $250.00

A Collegiate Game of Base-Ball. By W. P. Snyder. Published in Harper's Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, hand colored, Aug. 31, 1889. A view of a baseball game in progress from the stands behind home plate. $600.00

A Collegiate Game of Base-Ball. By W. P. Snyder. Published in Harper’s Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, hand colored, Aug. 31, 1889. A view of a baseball game in progress from the stands behind home plate. $600.00

Bases Loaded. By Stanley Kaplan. Linocut, 2007. Edition 25. $250.00

Bases Loaded. By Stanley Kaplan. Linocut, 2007. Edition 25. $250.00

Base-Ball in England - The Match on Lord's Cricket Grounds between the Red Stocking and the Athletics. By Abner Crossman. Published in Harper's Weekly. Wood engraving, 1874. The U.S. and British flag are flying and a large white banner that states: "Champions of the United States." $120.00

Base-Ball in England – The Match on Lord’s Cricket Grounds between the Red Stocking and the Athletics. By Abner Crossman. Published in Harper’s Weekly. Wood engraving, 1874. The U.S. and British flag are flying and a large white banner that states: “Champions of the United States.” $120.00

The American Baseball Players at Kennington Oval - Visit of the Prince of Wales. By T. Walker Wilson. Published in The Illustrated London News. Wood engraving, hand colored,  March 23, 1889. Complicated composite of players in various actions situated around a central view of the game betwen the All-American and Chicago teams, whose members are shown on either side. $385.00

The American Baseball Players at Kensington Oval – Visit of the Prince of Wales. By T. Walker Wilson. Published in The Illustrated London News. Wood engraving, hand colored, March 23, 1889. Complicated composite of players in various actions situated around a central view of the game between the All-American and Chicago teams, whose members are shown on either side. $385.00

Baseball.  By Jake Muirhead. Etching, aquatint & drypoint, 2010. Inscribed, "A/P." $400.00.

Baseball. By Jake Muirhead. Etching, aquatint & drypoint, 2010. Inscribed, “A/P.” $400.00.

The Great Contest Between the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn and the Athletics of Philedelphia, at the Capitoline Grounds, Fulton Avenue, Brooklyn, Monday, Oct. 16th. Published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Wood engraving, Nov. 3, 1866. A lively scene of baseball between a Brooklyn and a Philadelphia team. Spectators surrond the playing field. $120.00

The Great Contest Between the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn and the Athletics of Philadelphia, at the Capitoline Grounds, Fulton Avenue, Brooklyn, Monday, Oct. 16th. Published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Wood engraving, Nov. 3, 1866. A lively scene of baseball between a Brooklyn and a Philadelphia team. Spectators surround the playing field. $120.00

Dugout. By Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1999. Edition 30. $175.00.

Dugout. By Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1999. Edition 30. $175.00.

BOOM! That N.L. Race.  (National Baseball League). By Willard Harlin Mullin. Ink wash with white highlights, c.1955. The bubbles above the three spectators "Ain't it Purty!; Magnificent!; Never Saw Anything Like It!." A fun cartoon showing the seven teams in contention. $1,100.00

BOOM! That N.L. Race. (National Baseball League). By Willard Harlin Mullin. Ink wash with white highlights, c.1955. The bubbles above the three spectators “Ain’t it Purty!; Magnificent!; Never Saw Anything Like It!.” A fun cartoon showing the seven teams in contention. $1,100.00 *At The Old Print Shop in New York City.

King of the Swingers. By Larry Welo. Etching with chine colle, 1996. Edition 100. $400.00

King of the Swingers. By Larry Welo. Etching with chine colle, 1996. Edition 100. $400.00. *At The Old Print Shop in New York City.

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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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Past/Present: Astronomy

Today our  P/P post features two sky-gazing prints. Our print from the past is of astronomers observing the Transit of Venus on December 6, 1882, an event where the planet Venus passes between the Sun and the Earth, slightly obscuring the solar disk. Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121 years and 105 years. The periodicity is a reflection of the fact Earth and Venus arrive at almost the same configuration after 8 Earth orbits and 13 Venus orbits. The mismatch after 8 years is only 1.5° off Venus’ orbital movement. Still, this is enough that Venus and Earth find themselves in the opposite relative orientation to the original every 120 such cycles.

A transit of Venus took place on June 8, 2004 and the next will be on June 6 of this year. The previous pair of transits was in December 1874 and December 1882. After 2012, the next transits of Venus will be in December 2117 and December 2125.  Aside from its rarity, the original scientific interest in observing a transit of Venus was that it could be used to determine the distance from Earth to the sun, and from this, an estimation of size of the solar system can be made.

Our contemporary print is by NY printmaker Nicholas Vagenas, and highlights the complexity of our solar system- the vast amount that is still unknown, even to astronomers working with today’s modern methods of measure and observation.

Image on Left: Connecticut. The observations of the Transit of Venus by German Astronomers, Prof. Muller and Deichmuller, at Trinity College, Hartford, Dec. 6.) by C. Upham. Published by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Wood engraving, Dec.16, 1882.

Image on Right: Nothing is Certain by Nicholas Vagenas. Etching and aquatint, 2003.  Ed. 3/15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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