19th Century American Prints

The Voyage of Life - Old Age

$475.00

This engraving by James Smillie measures 15 x 22 3/4 inches. Created after four paintings by Hudson River School founder Thomas Cole, this early lettered proof impression, published in Boston by L.A. Elliot, reads, "From the original Painting by Thomas Cole, in the possession of Rev.d Gorham D. Abbott, Spingler Institute, New York", under the title on the lower margin. Also included on the lower margin is a poem by J.H. Daniels. In 1842 Thomas Cole did a series of paintings that represented an allegory for the four stages of life; childhood, youth, manhood, and old age. Each phase accompanied by a guardian angel. In "Old Age" the voyager is looking across the river of life towards an angel filled sky, ready to enter the kingdom of heaven. Cole's paintings were converted to engravings after his death and widely distributed during "The Third Awakening", a period of religious activism from the late 1850's to the early 1900's.

The Hurdy-Gurdy Boy

$475.00

This is a rare original lithograph by American artist and lithographer William Morris Hunt. The image size is 7 1/2 x 5 5/8 inches, published in a small edition in 1857, after the painting by Hunt which is now in the collection of the MFA Boston. William Morris Hunt was one of the earliest American lithographers. He was also a painter and studied the French Barbizon style in Europe with Millet, a close friend. Hunt is widely credited with bringing the Barbizon style of painting back to the U.S.

Montauk Ponds

$475.00

Etching and drypoint from 1880. This is a rare image, not found in the Gilcrease catalog. Monogramed in the plate lower left. Plate measures 3 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches on 9 x 12 inch laid type paper. Minor tears on edges of sheet, well away from the image. This print has a beautiful composition and fine details, a rich impression of this scarce etching.

Brooklyn Bridge

$425.00

This is an original etching by American artist Charles Adams Platt. The title of this work is :"The East River Bridge" - Brooklyn Bridge It was created and printed in 1888 and published by Frederick Stokes New York. The image measures 6 3/4X10 7/8 inches. It is signed and dated in the plate and also pencil signed lower right border.

Morning on the St. Johns, Florida

$425.00

Drypoint etching by Thomas Moran. Plate signed and dated in the lower right, 1881. Plate measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches on 11 1/2 x 14 3/4 inch medium weight wove type paper. An atmospheric print with good use of plate tone. Thomas Moran was a leading artist of the American etching revival, and in 1877 was one of the founders of the New York Etching Club. Moran was known for his experimentation in all aspects of the etching process, and his ability to beautifully capture the atmosphere and energy of the American landscape. This view of the rugged landscape of Half Dome, the plunging depth of the valley and the towering height of the mountains is accentuated by Moran's richly inked rugged foreground and the contrasting, lightly etched lines of the background giving one the sense of the hostility of the environment.

A Voice From the Cliffs

$425.00

C. 1886. An etching by James David Smillie directly from the watercolor by Winslow Homer. Inscribed in the plate in the lower right: "Winslow Homer 1883." Catalog: Witthoft 42. Signed by Smillie in the upper left and inscribed "Aqua fortis 1886." Plate measures 6 5/8 x 10 inches on 11 1/2 x 14 3/4 inch wove type paper. A beautifully detailed and accurate rendition of the painting.

Herd Returning Home

$425.00

This is an atmospheric original etching of a herd of sheep by American artist John Austin Sands Monks. Image size 11 x 16 1/2 inches, c. 1880s, shepherd's crook remarque in the lower right corner, pencil signed. A rich impression with beautiful plate tone and ample margins on Japan paper.

Noonday

$425.00

A finely detailed original etching by Peter Moran, this image measures 7 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches, 1887, state II/III, cat: Wright- 94, with the separate frog remarque lower left, pencil signed. Peter Moran was one of the foremost artists of the American etching revival of the late 19th century. He was known for his images of cows and farm animals, as well as his atmospheric scenes of the American Southwest.

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