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"The Burning of Chicago." New York: Currier & Ives: 1871. Lithograph. Original hand color. Small folio. 8 1/8 x 12 5/8. With some wear in and stains in margins. C: 738.
The great fire of Chicago was, of course, that of 1871. This prompted the publication of a series of dramatic images by various firms, including Currier & Ives. This print shows the city consumed by a raging fire, with people fleeing to the shore. Dramatic, but not very accurate as the wind is shown blowing the wrong direction. $1,800
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Eadweard Muybridge. Plate 640: Jumping a hurdle, saddle, bay horse, Daisy. From Animal Locomotion. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1887. Collotype. Approx. 19 1/8 x 24 1/8 (paper size), 13 1/2 x 19 5/8 (image size). Pencil inscriptions. Very good condition. Ref.: Frizot, p. 247
Eadweard Muybridge (1830- 1904) is widely considered to be one of the most influential photographers in the study of motion. The English born Muybridge traveled to California around 1852. His early romantic views of the west gained him enough acclaim to be appointed the Director of Photographic Surveys for the United States government. Because the capturing of these grand western vistas required Muybridge to use huge glass collodion-treated plates, he was approached by ex-California governor Leland Stanford to photograph his beloved horse. The principal purpose was to settle a wager based on the positioning of a horse's legs in the action of trotting, the question being whether all four hooves came off the ground at the same time. After a few unsuccessful attempts, Muybridge managed to set up a battery of cameras enabling him to record split second movements. His continuing work with animals and models in motion eventually led to his invention of the "zoopraxiscope," a moving picture machine that showed a rapid succession of images. Throughout the 1880s Muybridge lectured in America and abroad. With the help of Thomas Eakins, he found sponsors at the University of Pennsylvania and there Muybridge continued his work, taking thousands of locomotion studies of men, women, children, animals and birds. The results were published in a epic portfolio of 781 folio prints after his photographs, Animal Locomotion. Muybridge's motion studies are considered to be a critical step in the evolution of photography to motion pictures. $1,400
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F.A. Chapman. "The Day We Celebrate. Commemorative of 1876. Dedicated to the American People. The Centenary of Independence." New York: James Tyroler, 1876; Joseph Laing, 1888. 18 3/4 x 27 3/4. Engraved by John McRae. Hand color. Second State. Late 19th or early 20th century restrike. Large margins. Minor stains in margins not affecting image. Else, very good condition.
This engraving typifies an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. Shown is a large gathering of people picnicking, playing games, and enjoying the Independence Day celebration outdoors among large trees and an open lawn. In the distance is a view of a railroad train and ships on a waterway. This print is the second state, which can be identified by the dedication line in the title, and was published in 1888 by Joseph Laing who was successful New York City print publisher. This print was issued as a companion piece to another patriotic print after a Chapman painting titled, "Raising the Liberty Pole." Overall, the detail and sentiment depicted is just wonderful. $1,200
F. Gilbert Edge. "The Sunday World, Sept. 20." New York, circa. 1890. 19 x 12. (woman with ticker tape) $300
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"American Winter Scene." Philadelphia: Joseph Hoover, 1867. 18 1/2 x 26. Lithograph with original hand color. A few minor blemishes, but overall very good condition.
Joseph Hoover started by his career making elaborate wood frames in Philadelphia in 1856, but within a decade or so he began to produce popular prints. Initially he mostly worked for other publishers, including Duval & Hunter, but he also issued a number of hand-colored, popular prints. During the Centennial, Hoover won a medal for excellence for his chromolithographs after Queen's renderings, and in the 1880s, he and his sons began to print chromolithographs exclusively, with an average annual production of between 600,000 to 700,000 pictures. His earlier hand-colored prints have considerable charm, as evidenced by the lovely "American Winter Scene." Men in sleds race by a tidy home, whose inhabitants gaze out at the seen. In the middle distance a crowd of well dressed men, women and child enjoy skating on a frozen pond. The print includes interesting details such as the harnesses on the horses and painted window shades in the house. $1,600
Thomas Hicks. "Authors of the United States." New York: Thomas Hicks, 1866. Engraving by A.H. Ritchie. 19 3/8 x 34 1/2. Good margins. Some old stains in margins. Two repaired tears in left margin, one extending ca. 4" into image. Else, very good condition.
A superior engraving of the most famous American authors of the middle of the nineteenth century. The image was drawn and published by Thomas Hicks, a native of Bucks County who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy and National Academy of Design. Around mid-century Hicks set up a studio as a portrait painter in New York City and many prominent persons of the age sat for him. This print is really a set piece showing off Hicks' portraits. It shows authors of the United States sitting and standing in a classical setting complete with statues of famous English writers including Shakespeare and Chaucer. Statues on the upper balcony are of the founders of modern vernacular literate: Goethe, Shakespeare, and Dante. Each is clearly and accurately rendered and the whole makes a most impressive image. This engraving was by A.H. Ritchie, one of the best historic print engravers of the mid-nineteenth century. Ritchie is well known for the clarity and richness of his engravings, and this is a fine example of his work. $950
"The Happy Days of Childhood." New York: J.C. Buttre, 1871. 18 3/4 x 13 1/2 (image) plus margins. Lithograph (hand colored). Copyright by M.V. Wagilet. Small blue dot above title and two small punctures under the dog. Else excellent condition.
Children swinging on a rural gate in a country setting is a lovely American scene. John Chester Buttre (1821-1893) was a prolific printmaker using wood engraving, steel engraving and lithography over a long career. Most of his work was in producing historical portraits, but this exception is a lovely expression of American vitality through youth at play. $450
Thomas Nast. "A Christmas-Box." December 26, 1885. From Harper's Weekly. Double page. Wood engraving. Very good condition.
Harper's Weekly, a newspaper in the last half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, presented a mixture of news stories, gossip, poetry, and most notably, wood-engraved illustrations. Amongst the most famous of the illustrators who worked for the magazine was Thomas Nast, 'father of American political cartooning.' During the second half of the nineteenth century, Nast became the most significant illustrator of American political and social issues. His pointed cartoons exerted a great impact on public opinion. More than a mere cartoonist, Nast was an innovator of images, popularizing or instituting many now familiar subjects such as the Republican elephant, the Democratic donkey, John Bull, Uncle Sam, and Columbia. Perhaps his most lasting creation was the image of Santa Claus, that he modeled from Clement Moore's St. Nick in his Visit from Saint Nicholas and which serves as our present day jolly elf. $575
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