19th Century Maps, American Maps, Engraving, Maps, New Additions, Pocket Maps, Wood, woodblock print

New Additions: Map of the Central Pacific Railroad

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe just added a scarce, early printing of a map showing the recently completed Trans-Continental Railroad, or the combined Union and Central Pacific Railroads, to our ever-growing map inventory. The map, a wood block engraving, was published by the California Mail Bag on August 1, 1871, just shortly after the driving of the “Golden Spike” in 1869.

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections. Published by the California Mail Bag, August 1, 1871. Wood block engraving, 1871. Image size 12 7/8 x 35 3/8

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections. Published by the California Mail Bag, August 1, 1871. Wood block engraving, 1871. Image size 12 7/8 x 35 3/8″ (32.7 x 89.8 cm) plus margins. Good condition. LINK.

The map shows an area from Chicago to San Francisco and from Madison, Wisconsin southward to Cairo, Illinois. It also notes the Utah Central Railroad, Ogden to Salt Lake City; Denver Pacific Railroad, Cheyenne to Denver; Kansas Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad, Oregon Division.

The map is surrounded by 24 illustrations of various scenes of California and Nevada, including views of Cape Horn, the Sierras, Anderson Valley, as well as mining scenes and illustrations of the railroad tracks and tunnels. A number of the illustrations are based on photographs by 19th century artist Carleton Watkins.

(Detail of) Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections. LINK.

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections.
Detail of smaller illustrations surrounding map.
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On the verso are timetables, as well as advertisements for stage and maritime shipping lines. Also shown on the verso is small map entitled “Map of the Rail & State Route to Big Tree Groves and Yosemite.”

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections.  Detail of Map of on verso, Map of the Rail & State Route to Big Tree Groves and Yosemite.  LINK

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections.
Detail of map on verso, “Map of the Rail & State Route to Big Tree Groves and Yosemite.” 
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This would make a great addition to any map collection, whether you’re a railroad buff, interested in our nation’s westward expansion, or a collector of 19th century woodblock maps.

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“Ink & Grain” to open in September

Autumn Road Santa Fe. By Norma Basset Hall. Color woodblock, 1928. Signed in pencil by the artist.

Autumn Road Santa Fe. By Norma Basset Hall. Color woodblock, 1928. Signed in pencil by the artist.

The Old Print Gallery is proud to announce its new fall print show, Ink & Grain, which will open on Friday, September 19, 2014 with a free opening night reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Ink & Grain is a group show, highlighting 20th century printmakers who excelled in woodcuts and wood engravings. The exhibit will remain on view at the Old Print Gallery until November 15th, 2014.

One of the most ancient forms of printmaking, the woodcut was in huge decline in the 19th century, as printmakers turned to other forms of reproductive mediums. Luckily, the 20th century saw a revived and energized artistic expression for woodcuts and wood engravings. These new woodcut artists experimented heavily with technique, in ways both innovative and nuanced. Printmakers, like Werner Drewes and Barbara Latham, incorporated the grain of the woodblock directly into the composition of their prints- surrendering to its complexities while highlighting its unique, undulating patterns. Others, including Gustave Baumann, Leo Frank, Norma Bassset Hall, and Luigi Rist, experimented with new methods of ink and color application, resulting in stylized prints in a bold, modern palate, as well as softer, luminous color prints inked onto thin Japanese paper.

Sea Shell and Carlic. Luigi Rist. Color woodcut, 1947. Signed in ink on the block. Titled and inscribed "150 Edition" in pencil.

Sea Shell and Garlic. Luigi Rist. Color woodcut, 1947. Signed in ink on the block. Titled and inscribed “150 Edition” in pencil.

Wood engravings also saw a resurgence during the 20th century, especially in the form of artist’s hand-made books and commercial book illustrations. The show includes works by skilled wood engravers Clare Leighton, Lawrence N. Wilbur, and John Murphy, all who made a name for themselves as dynamic illustrators and artists.

Digging Potatoes. By Clare Leighton. Wood engraving, 1935. Signed and titled in pencil. Edition 30.

Digging Potatoes. By Clare Leighton. Wood engraving, 1935. Signed and titled in pencil. Edition 30.

Selected Artists: Gustave Baumann, Asa Cheffetz, Werner Drewes, Leo Frank, Antonio Frasconi, Eliza Draper Gardiner, Norma Bassett Hall, Barbara Latham, Clare Leighton, Alessandro Mastro-Valerio, John J. A. Murphy, Luigi Rist, Mabel Royds, Charles Svendsen, Paul Wenck, Lawrence N. Wilbur, and Adja Yunkers.

 

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New Additions: 20th Century Printmakers

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSThe Old Print Gallery has been exhibiting early and mid-20th century prints for seven years now- a (very exciting) result of joining forces with The Old Print Shop in 2006. In the past month, we have added prints by several new (to us) 20th century printmakers- which we are happy to share with the OPG blog readers today. Below is a sampling of  works by three new artists ( the other three artists will come in a later post). We hope you enjoy the new additions to our ever-growing collection of fine prints.


 John J.A. Murphy ( 1888-1967)

Murphy was an American  painter, wood engraver and book maker, who studied at Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Student League, and the London Central School of Art. He participated in the early 20th century revival of the woodblock print, often exploring religious and metaphysical subject matter. Murphy completed his major wood engraving print series “The Way of the Cross” in 1921, which featured 14 black and white prints on Japanese Paper. He also wrote poems to accompany many of his wood engravings.

Athletes. By John J. A. Murphy. Wood engraving, c.1930. Edition unknown. LINK.

Athletes. By John J. A. Murphy. Wood engraving, c.1930. Edition unknown. LINK.


Norma Bassett Hall (1889- 1957)

Norma Bassett Hall was a printmaker and painter, best known for her color woodcuts in the style of the Arts and Crafts movement- representational scenes of the West printed in strong color with dynamic contrast. Born in Oregon, Hall attended school at the Chicago Art Institute, before returning to Portland to set up her own studio. From Portland, she and her etcher husband traveled to a long list of destinations, including Kansas, France, Britain, Scotland, Virginia, and New Mexico. Hall’s early prints are all woodblocks printed with opaque oil-based inks. She later shifted to using water-based inks after meeting and studying with Japanese printmaking expert Mabel Royds in Scotland. Hall was one of the 10 artists that formed the Wichita-based print collective Prairie Print Makers, and the only female member. Always drawn to color, Hall’s landscapes sometimes employed as many as seven different blocks, all cut into her favorite hard cherry wood.

Autumn Road Santa Fe. Norma Bassett Hall. Color wood block, 1928. Signed in pencil by the artist. LINK.

Autumn Road Santa Fe. Norma Bassett Hall. Color wood block, 1928. Signed in pencil by the artist. LINK.

Laguna Skyline. [New Mexico.] By Norma Bassett Hall. Color woodblock, 1931. Signed and titled in pencil. LINK.

Laguna Skyline. [New Mexico.] By Norma Bassett Hall. Color woodblock, 1931. Signed and titled in pencil. LINK.


Roi Partridge (1888-1984)

Born in Centralia, a territory in Washington, Partridge spent his early artistic years in the Pacific Northwest- exploring nature and all Western scenery had to offer with a small group of fellow artists called the Triad (which consisted of Partridge, John Davidson Butler and Clare Shepard). In 1909, he moved to NY and studied a year at the National Academy of Design- his brief and only stint with art school. Traveling to Munich, and not able to afford formal art classes, he worked informally with the printmaker Brockhoff. It is during his time in Germany that he was first introduced to etching. Partridge then moved to Paris, where, again, in lieu of art school, he compulsively read art books and kept a diligent schedule of sketching Parisian architecture, scenes, and portraits. He also worked as a printmaker, under the guidance of friend and mentor Bertha Jaques, founder of the Chicago Society of Etchers.

In 1914, he returned to Seattle, where he worked until 1917, when he and his family moved to San Francisco. He taught at Mills College in California, and served as the first Director of the College’s art gallery. Upon returning from Europe, he almost exclusively printed scenes of nature. His circle of friends in California consisted of great artists Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Edward Weston- all were mesmerized by the beauty of their natural surroundings, trying hard to capture its essence in art.

On the Range. By Roi Partridge. Etching, 1932-33. Edition 63. Signed in plate lower right "Roi Partridge 1932-33." LINK.

On the Range. By Roi Partridge. Etching, 1932-33. Edition 63. Signed in plate lower right “Roi Partridge 1932-33.” LINK.

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A Clover Leaf World Map

6768Die gantze Welt in ein Kleberblat, Welches ist der Stadt Hannover meines lieben Vaterlandes Wapen. By Heinrich Bunting. Woodblock, c.1581. Image size 10 x 14 1/4″ (254 x 362 mm) plus title, text and margins. German text on verso.

Today we are sharing one of our more unique world maps- a woodblock by Heinrich Bunting, that depicts the world as a clover leaf. A fascinating and early depiction, this map presents a Holy Land-centric look at the earth, based upon the Scriptures, with Jerusalem at the center of the Word. This map is characteristic of a T-O world map model, which was prevalent among medieval maps.  Europe, Africa and Asia are within the 3 clover leaves, while England, Scandinavia and America lie outside the primary circles. Interesting details can be found in the oceans- monsters, mermaids and a large sailing vessel are all depicted.

Bunting was a theological commentator from Hanover. He first published his book of woodcut maps, Itinerarium Sacrae Scriptura, in 1581.  The book provided the most complete summary of biblical geography available and described the Holy Land by following the travels of various notable people from the Old and New Testaments. The work is also famous among collectors as one of the great compilations of thematic maps, including Europe as a Queen and Asia as Pegasus. The work was reprinted at least 10 times in several languages over the next 70 years.

Purchase or view  the map on our website, or in our Georgetown gallery.

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide, Aquatint, Contemporary, Drypoint, Early 20th Century, Etching, Lithograph, Monoprint, Monotype, Prints, Silkscreen, woodblock print, Woodcut

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The Abstract Admirer

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Abstract Admirer copyHere are our picks for the abstract admirer, who is drawn to artwork which takes some liberties, altering color and form to free itself from objective context. Reshaping the natural world for expressive purposes, abstract art is created through the  suggestive strokes of the monotype brush and free line of the etching needle. The abstract admirer revels in the freedom of shifting interpretations, seeing and feeling new things every time they look at their print. See our gift suggestions, taken from our early 20th century and contemporary collection, for the abstract admirer.  Enjoy!

Modernistic (for E.W.) Shifting Winds. By Albert W. Barker. Lithograph, 1930. Signed in pencil, inscribed "65 -/6." $300.00

Modernistic (for E.W.) Shifting Winds. By Albert W. Barker. Lithograph, 1930. Signed in pencil, inscribed “65 -/6.” $300.00

To Be Received Again. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph with collagraph, on Stonehenge paper, 2012. Titled and signed by artist in print.  Edition 2/6. $350.00

To Be Received Again. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph with collagraph, on Stonehenge paper, 2012. Titled and signed by artist in print. Edition 2/6. $350.00

Water 1. By Judy Mensch. Woodblock, 1998. Seven blocks, ten passes, eight colors.  Signed in pencil. Inscribed "3/3." $300.00

Water 1. By Judy Mensch. Woodblock, 1998. Seven blocks, ten passes, eight colors. Signed in pencil. Inscribed “3/3.” $300.00

Night Passage. By Richard Sloat. Etching and aquatint, 2008. Inscribed "2/70." $350.00

Night Passage. By Richard Sloat. Etching and aquatint, 2008. Inscribed “2/70.” $350.00

Sea Anemones. By Joan Krash. Solarplate etching, monoprint on Rives BFK paper, 2010. Inscribed "monoprint."  Framed by artist. $275.00.

Sea Anemones. By Joan Krash. Solarplate etching, monoprint on Rives BFK paper, 2010. Inscribed “monoprint.” Framed by artist. $275.00.

Head of a Traveler. By Adja Yunkers. Color woodcut, 1952. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Inscribed "184/225." $1,200.00

Head of a Traveler. By Adja Yunkers. Color woodcut, 1952. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Inscribed “184/225.” $1,200.00

Blur. By Philip Bennet. Oil-based monotype, 2011. Inscribed "1/1." $550.00

Blur. By Philip Bennet. Oil-based monotype, 2011. Inscribed “1/1.” $550.00

Fury. By Alessandro Mastro-Valerio. Aquatint, c.1952. Signed in pencil.  16/25. $200.00

Fury. By Alessandro Mastro-Valerio. Aquatint, c.1952. Signed in pencil. 16/25. $200.00

Line, Rope, Ladder - Alone. By Brad Widness. Etching, aquatint, drypoint, polymer image, chine colle on Sommerset Satin. Inscribed "A/P (unique)." $500.00

Line, Rope, Ladder – Alone. By Brad Widness. Etching, aquatint, drypoint, polymer image, chine colle on Sommerset Satin. Inscribed “A/P (unique).” $500.00

Far. By Masaaki Noda. Silk screen, 1986. Inscribed "85/98." $300.00.

Far. By Masaaki Noda. Silk screen, 1986. Inscribed “85/98.” $300.00.

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view other 2012 gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. We also ship prints and maps, flat and insured, using FedEx 3 Day Shipping. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.

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