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Great American Cock, Male. (Wild Turkey). Plate 1. John James Audubon. Handcolored engraving, 1827-38. Paper size size 39 x 26" (990 x 606 mm). From the first printed edition of John James Audubon's "Birds of America." Engraved, printed, and colored by W. H. Lizars, Edinburgh. A true first printing by Lizars. This particular plate is often found with severe damages, as it was the first plate in the first volume, but this impression is unusually fine.

Great American Cock, Male. (Wild Turkey). Plate 1. John James Audubon. Handcolored engraving, 1827-38. Paper size size 39 x 26″ (990 x 606 mm). From the first printed edition of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America.” Engraved, printed, and colored by W. H. Lizars, Edinburgh. A true first printing by Lizars. This particular plate is often found with severe damages, as it was the first plate in the first volume, but this impression is unusually fine.

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May 2014 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new May 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 related to architecture. Highlights include antique black and white engravings of architectural elements by Domenico de Rossi, compelling bird’s eye views of cities both foreign and domestic, as well as Gualtieri’s 1742 engravings of shells in spherical, spiked, and fractal forms. The showcase also highlights a sampling of early 20th century and contemporary explorations of space, light, and perspective by artists like Martin Lewis, Emilio Sanchez, John Ross, and many more.

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

Read the May Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. Volume XXXVII, Number 2 May 2014 CLICK TO READ

The Old Print Gallery Showcase
Volume XXXVII, Number 2
May 2014
CLICK TO READ

We hope you enjoy it!

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Past/Present: Herons

Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two prints of herons. The older print comes from the first octavo edition of Audubon’s The Birds of America. After the original elephant folio edition was completed, Audubon decided to produce a more affordable edition and employed a lithographer from Philadelphia, J. T. Bowen, to do the job. Bowen and his team created a smaller octavo edition, which was issued to subscribers in seven volumes and completed in 1844. Five more octavo editions were completed through 1877.

The octavo edition used the same text from Audubon and MacGillivray’s earlier Ornithological Biography, the accompanying text to the elephant folio edition, but increased the number of plates to 500. They did this by separating several of the birds that had appeared grouped together in the octavo edition.

The 20th century print is by Frank Benson. Benson was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts. He spent a great deal of time in the salt marshes that surrounded his coastal town studying, as well as hunting, various waterfowl. He painted his first oil of shore birds at the age of twelve. At nineteen, he attended the School of Drawing and Painting of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While attending the school he produced his first etching, “Salem Harbor.” In 1883, he traveled to Paris to study at the Academie Julie and for the next thirty years devoted his artistic talent to painting and watercolor.

In 1912, at the age of fifty, he again began to produce prints. At first, these prints were portraits, then the subject shifted to waterfowl and nature oriented subjects, totaling over 355 various prints before his death in 1951. Today, Benson is considered the founder of the school of American sporting art and his prints are some of the most desirable.

Image on Left: Great White Heron.  (Male adult, Spring plumage).  Pl. 368. By John James Audubon. Lithograph handcolored, 1840-44. From the first octavo edition of  The Birds of America.  Printed and colored by J. T. Bowen, Philadelphia.

Image on Right: Snowy Herons. By Frank W. Benson. Etching, 1917. Edition 150.

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