19th Century Prints, 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, Aquatint, Collotype, Contemporary, Engraving, Etching, Linocut, Lithograph, Prints, Serigraph, Stipple, woodblock print

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Nature Lover

You can find them hiking or bird-watching on weekends. They are avid gardeners. They are the nature lovers! These green-thumbed friends and relatives feel most relaxed when surrounded by the splendor of nature. So why not gift them a print of their favorite flower, mountain top, or butterfly? Below are our picks for the nature lover on your list. View more options on our website, under the category of Natural History. Enjoy and happy gifting!

Abies Hookeriana. (Mountain Hemlock). By William Richardson. Published by W. Blackwood, Edinburgh and London. Toned lithograph, original hand color, 1884. From the great multi-volume work on coniferous trees around the world, “The Pinetum Britannicum,” by Edward J. Ravenscroft. The focus was on foreign trees that were cultured in British gardens. $350.00

A Study in the Natural World. By Tenjin Ikeda. Linoleum cut, 2011. Inscribed “3/55.” $600.00

Cereus Bloom. By Marti Patchell. Copperplate etching and aquatint, 2009. Inscribed “17/30”. $250.00

Prairie Sunset. By Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 1987. Inscribed “6/30.” $600.00

Insectus Tab. 8. 1. Papilio Polydorus, var. – P. Antiphus. – 3. P. Melanides, – 4. P. Polyphontes. – P. Laocucus. – 6. P. Dissimilis, var. (Butterflies). By Dr. A. S. Mulder. Published by J. A. Susanna, Leiden. Lithograph with original hand color, 1839-44. From Coenraad Temminck’s “Verhandelingen Over de Naturlijke Geschiedenis de Nederlandsche Overzeesche Bezittingen.” Described as the “great survey and natural history of the Dutch East Indies.” $165.00.

Orchid Plant. By Idaherma Williams. Woodblock print, 2004. Inscribed “3/30.” $400.00

Etude de Seringat et Haricot d’Espagne. (Philadelphus – Mock Orange) Pl. 30. By Jean L. Prevost. Stipple engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1805. From the “Collection Des Fleurs Et Des Fruits.” $2,350.00.

Fossils in Folds. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph, on Rives BFK paper, 2011. Edition 7/9. $150.00

The White Lily with Variegated Leaves. By Dr. Robert John Thornton. Aquatint, stipple and line engraving, 1800. From THE TEMPLE OF FLORA OR THE GARDEN OF NATURE. This fine publication had a total of thirty-one plates. They are among the most important (and most beautiful) botanical prints ever published. $7,250.00.

Blick auf den Pike’s Peak vom Garten der Gotter aus. Colorado. # 24. By Rudolf Cronau. Published by T. O. Weigel, Leipzig. Collotype; black and white,1886-7. One in a series of Rudolf Cronau’s American views from his ” Staaten und Territorien der Union.” Cronau was a German artist who traveled extensively in America. $295.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

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2012 Winter Contemporary Show

The Old Print Gallery is pleased to present its 2012 Winter Contemporary Show, which will open this Friday, November 16, 2012. The show will be an assortment of works by both up-and-coming and established printmakers, in several mediums.  Highlights include a series of charged photolithographic landscapes by Sylvie Covey, beautifully involved linocut relief prints by Karima Muyaes and Tenjin Ikeda, and boldly hued prints by local artists Susan Goldman, Philip Bennet, and Joan Krash.

Bottles & Jars I by Peri Schwartz captures the crisp, luminous glow of the winter months and Neighbor & Orion II by Herbert Simon delivers a similarly poignant study of a hushed, nocturnal landscape, thanks to purposeful use of color. Local artists Jake Muirhead and Marti Patchell’s impressive draftsmanship result in intricate and delicate still lifes, elevating the familiar artichoke and cereus blossom in the process. Many of the artists in the 2012 Winter Contemporary Show are new to the Old Print Gallery, and offer a fresh approach to printmaking.

The exhibit opens with a nighttime reception at the Old Print Gallery on Friday, November 16, from 5-8pm. Many of the artists will be in attendance for the opening, to answer questions regarding their work and artistic process. The opening reception is free and open to all ages. The show will remain on view until February 9, 2013.

Selected Artists:  Philip Bennet, Sylvie Covey, Richard T. Davis, Deron Decesare, Yolanda Frederikse, Susan Goldman, Peter Gourfain, Tenjin Ikeda, Joan Krash, Richard Lubell, Paul Marcus, Ed McCluney, Judy Mensch, Jake Muirhead, Karima Muyaes, Marti Patchell, Matt Phillips, Susan Pyzow, Peri Schwartz, Herbert Simon, Ellen Nathan Singer, Hank Virgona, and Steven E. Walker.


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19th Century Prints, Aquatint, Contemporary, Etching, Mezzotint, Past/Present, Prints

Past/Present: Night-Blooming Cereus

Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two prints of night-blooming cereus flowers. These beautiful flowers open after nightfall, and by dawn, most are in the process of wilting. The flowers are short-lived, and some of these species, such as Selenicereus grandiflorus, bloom only once a year. The older print is a mezzotint, printed in color and finished by hand, from “The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature. Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus.” by Dr. Robert John Thornton. Published in London 1799-1807, this publication had a total of thirty-one plates. They are among the most important (and most beautiful) botanical prints ever published.

The contemporary print is by local printmaker Marti Patchell. Although a student of art for many years, her introduction to etching and lithography came when she joined the administrative faculty of Georgetown University and began her study with BG Muhn, exploring the beauty of the black and white image. Marti’s love of gardening and nature translated to images of black and white flowers, shells and birds, and is constantly informing and inspiring her artistic endeavours.  This print of the cereus blossom was a study of Patchell’s own cereus plant in her home.

Image on Left: The Night-Blooming Cereus. By Dr. Robert John Thornton. Published by Dr. Thornton, London. Mezzotint printed in color and finished by hand, 1800.  Dunkarton sculp.  The flower by Reinagle, moon-light by Pether.

Image on Right: Cereus Bloom. By Marti Patchell. Copperplate etching and aquatint, 2009. Ed. 17/30.




Contemporary, Early 20th Century, Gallery Opening Receptions, Gallery Openings, Prints

BLOSSOM DC to Open in March

The Old Print Gallery is pleased to announce its newest gallery exhibit, BLOSSOM DC. BLOSSOM DC opens on March 16, 2012 with a nighttime opening reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Inspired by the 100 year anniversary of the gift of cherry trees from Japan to Washington, DC, this show celebrates the beauty and youthful energy of spring’s blossoms. Most exciting for the gallery is the large number of prints by local DC artists included in the show, which are coupled with a selection of works by NY contemporary artists and several early 20th century printmakers.

Highlights from BLOSSOM DC include new prints by DC artist Marti Patchell- intensely saturated works, composed of pulsing reds and hot pinks. Her large show stopping pieces rely on a combination of etching, reliefs, and stencils, creating prints that are cacophonous in color, untamed and stimulating homages to spring’s budding energy.  In contrast, Susan Goldman’s large scale woodcut plays with layers. Abstract blue and black brushstrokes create a deep and dark abyss, from which a large deep-red blossom emerges. Alternatively, local artist Philip Bennet’s prints are less representational, rooted in abstract forms and color interaction. His loose spills of paint and prismatic color schemes make for refreshing and organic monoprints.

Rare for the Old Print Gallery, this show will also feature a painting. Although we  deal exclusively in prints, one of our NY printmakers, Su-Li Hung, experiments in both mediums. Her painting on oil canvas, Taiwan Cherry Tree, will be accompany one of her woodcuts, St.Mark’s Church & Cherry Tree, on our gallery wall. An exciting coupling, her painting and print play off one another nicely- the bold, thick woodcut lines offer a noticeable contrast to her layered, painterly brushstrokes of oil paint.

BLOSSOM DC will open with a nighttime reception on Friday, March 16, from 5-8pm at the Old Print Gallery, located in the heart of Georgetown. Many of the artists will be in attendance, to share their inspiration and answer questions regarding their work and process. Free wine and light refreshments will be served, and the event is open to all ages.

Selected Artists: Philip Bennet, Childe Hassam, Susan Goldman, Su-Li Hung, Gene Kloss, Yvette Lucas, Marian Osher, Marti Patchell, Laurent Schkolnyk, Gerald Scheck, Erwin Thamm, and Emily Trueblood.