19th Century American Prints

The Forge


Drypoint etching from 1861. State 4 of 6. This image was part of the Thames set published in 1871. Catalog: Glasgow 86. The location is a forge in the small town of Perros-Guirec in Brittany. Plate signed and dated in the lower right. Plate measures 7 1/2 x 12 3/8 on 9 x 14 2/8 inch laid type paper A well-inked impression with a a rich drypoint burr.

The Adam and Eve, Old Chelsea


Drypoint etching from 1878. Edition of 92. State III/III. Catalog: Glascow 175. Plate measures 6 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches in a black and gold frame. Printed in warm toned ink on antique watermarked laid paper. Plate signed with Whistler's trademark butterfly monogram in the upper left. A magnificently detailed print with good plate tone and rich inking.

Coming to Anchor


Etching from 1885 after Harry Chase. Pencil signed by both. Printed on chine-collé. Remarqué of an anchor in the lower left. Catalog: Gilcrease 51, Klackner 43, iii/iii. roulette and sandpaper ground. Some even light toning. A well-inked impression of this rare early American etching. Plate size measures 14 7/8 x 29 3/4 inches in a 20 3/4 x 35 1/2 inch frame.

Sara Smiling


Colored drypoint from 1904. Catalog: Breeskin 195. This is the only known state, some impressions in color (like this one). A delicate portrait that captures the subject well. Plate measures 8 3/4 x 6 inches on 10 x 7 1/2 inch wove paper. Cassatt originally only pulled one or two proofs from these plates. Cassatt tried to have them printed 20 years after their creation, but a patron of hers insisted that she had printed them before and they should be dated, as they were a second edition. Cassatt insisted that they were a first edition and, suspecting the patron of trying to get the prints for less money, refused to sign or date them, which is why this print has neither a date nor a signature. Mary Cassatt was one of three women to exhibit with the Impressionists group, as well as being the only American. She is best known for her portraits of mothers and children in their daily life. Cassatt studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1861 to 1865, and moved to France in 1866, where she painted alongside Renoir, Degas, and Sisley.



This is a drypoint etching from 1879, plate signed with Whistler's trademark butterfly monogram in the lower left corner. Catalog: Kennedy 181. State IV/IV. Plate measures 5 3/8 x 7 7/8 on 8 7/8 x 11 1/2 inch antique laid type paper with a grape watermark. Provenance: Harlow, McDonald & Co, 667 Fifth Avenue, New York. The Athenaeum referred to this print as "View Near Fulham" in 1879, which caused some confusion. A fine impression of one of Whistler's attractive depictions of sailing vessels on the Thames, just up the river from where Whistler lived in Chelsea.

Evening in Brittany


Etching, plate size: 15 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches, image size: 13 3/8 x 21 5/8 inches, 1887-1888, cat. Schneider-133, remarque lower left, inscribed lower right: "Selected for Mr. E. Q. Kennedy", printed by H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, on parchment, pencil signed lower right.

Tween the Gloaming and the Mirk, When the Kye Came Hame


This is a rare pencil signed impression by Mary Nimmo Moran, etching, roulette and mezzotint, image size 7 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches, 1883, plate signed and dated, pencil signed. A beautiful impression in sepia ink with ample margins. Mary Nimmo Moran was one of the leading women etchers of the late 19th century, and along with her husband, Thomas Moran was at the forefront of the etching revival. Known for the originality and boldness of her etchings, Mary Nimmo Moran was a member of the Society of Painter-Etchers and the only female member of the Fellows of London's Royal Society of Painter-Etchers.

Hartford Bridge


Drypoint from 1885. Catalog: Rice 70. An etching of the covered bridge with the Statehouse in the distance. Plate measures 11 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches on 19 1/2 x 25 1/4 inch handmade Japan paper. Pencil signed in the lower right, plate signed, titled, and dated in the lower left. This print has good plate toning and a rich drypoint burr. C. A. Platt was born in New York and studied art at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League and the Academie Julian. He was a very successful painter and etcher, known for his delicately rendered New England landscapes and harbor scenes. He was also a very talented architect and a member of the Saint-Gaudens Art Colony in Cornish, NH.

Gloucester Harbor


After painting by W.M Hunt. Made in June 1882. State ii/iii. From the head of the harbor, looking south. Catalog reference: Schneider 74. Image size measures 13 1/8 x 19 7/8 inches, plate size measures 16 x 21 5/8 inches, on 17 7/8 x 23 3/4 inch paper, on chine-collé. W.M.H monogrammed in the plate in the lower left. Pencil signed in the lower right, plate signed "S. Parrish aq. ft" in the lower left. Remarque of a ship in the lower left: this is Parrish's first etching with a remarque. A well inked print with good tonal range.