The Old Print Gallery will be closed tomorrow, July 4th, for Independence Day. Have a safe and happy holiday celebrating with friends and family!
Today we have a new Past/Present post for our blog readers, with two chess prints. Benjamin Franklin, in his 1750 article, The Morals of Chess, wrote “The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it. ” Chess has long been enjoyed by clerics, students, and merchants, and as such, has been part of popular culture for years and years. Our older print is an attractive genre scene, depicting two old friends engaged in a chess match. The newer print is by NY artist Richard Sloat, and offers a unique perspective, as if the viewer is playing the game of strategy against the subject, weighing his ( or her) next move. We hope you enjoy today’s Past/Perfect pairing.
Image on Left: Alte Freunde. C. M. Webb. Engraved by Paul Droehmer. Mixed-media engraving, c. 1860.
Image on Right: Chess in the Park. Richard Sloat. Etching, 2003. Edition 70. Inscribed “A.P.”
Father’s Day is next weekend. If you are still looking for a gift to get your dad, granddad, or partner in parenting, take a look at some of our suggestions below. Happy gifting and good luck!
1. Urban Views. (Large) #1. By Patrick J. Anderson. Serigraph, 2003. Inscribed “3/12.” Anderson is a contemporary artist, currently living in Seattle. $200.00 LINK
2. Civil War Uniforms (supplied title). Plate CLXXII. Published by the U.S. Government, Washington, DC. Chromolithograph, 1895. Lithographed by Julius Bien & Co. From “Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861 – 1865”. Two rows of officer and soldier uniforms from both armies are separated by Illustrations of badges, buttons and other insignia. $425.00 LINK
3. America sive India Nova. By Michael Mercator. Published by Rumold Mercator, Duisburg. Copper plate engraving, 1595-1633. Latin text (1616). This map is one of the most striking early maps of the Western Hemisphere. Michael Mercator, grandson of Gerard, engraved this plate, the only known printed map by him. $6,000.00 LINK
4. Baseball. By Jake Muirhead. Etching, aquatint, and drypoint, 2010. Inscribed, “A/P.” Muirhead is a local Washington, DC-based printmaker. $400.00 LINK
5. That Moment. By Art Werger. Mezzotint, 2010. Inscribed “10/25.”Art Werger is a contemporary artists who works and teaches out of Ohio University in Athens, OH. $100.00 LINK
6. Washington Receiving A Salute on the Field of Trenton. By John Faed. Engraved by William Holl. Published exclusively for the subscribers by the National Art Association of New York. Mixed-media engraving, 1865. With facsimile signature of George Washington. This handsome portrait depicts Washington as commander-in-chief, sword in hand, mounted on a white steed. $1,800.00 LINK
7. Cheetah Swerving. By Robert Cook. Bronze, 1992. Created using the lost-wax process. Cook’s prints and sculptures are currently on view at our Georgetown, DC gallery, in the exhibit Capturing the Verve. $3,500.00. LINK