19th Century European Prints

The Prelude


Etching after a painting by Charles Sprague Pearce. Plate size measures 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches on 14 3/4 x 11 3/8 inch medium weight wove type paper. A well inked impression with exquisite detail. C. 1885. Etched for publication in Sylvester Rosa Koehler's book American Art, Illustrated by Twenty-Five Plates, Executed by the Best American Etchers and Wood Engravers, From the Paintings Selected From Public and Private Collections. Schoff studied in Paris from 1839 to 1841 and worked primarily in New England and New York as a bank-note and portrait engraver.

Parte della gran Muraglia


A drypoint etching by Giovanni Piranesi. Image measures 14 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches on 22 1/4 x 16 inch paper. The full title is "Parte della gran Muraglia, la quale circondava la grand'Area dell'Ustrino," meaning "Part of the wall which surrounded the crematorium." Original Ferdinand Roten label on mat! From the series, "Le Antichita Romane." C. 1784. Catalog: Ficacci 281. From a later edition. III/IV. Piranesi was an Italian artist and designer, best known for his series of etchings of Ancient Roman ruins, the "Vedute di Roma". These striking, monumental images of the ancient grandeur of the Roman Empire provided inspiration for many of the artists of the Neoclassical movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.