A classic Currier (before Ives joined him) outdoor sporting print, showing party of woodsmen at their camp. One of the party has just returned with an impressive string of fish for the campfire. $2,800
"Brook Trout, -Just Caught." New York: Currier & Ives, 1857-72. Medium folio. 11 x 16 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. C:705. Denver.
A medium folio print from America's printmakers. $1,800
"An Anxious Moment. 'A three pounder sure'" New York: Currier & Ives, 1874. Medium folio 14 x 18 3/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. Paper lightly toned. Else, very good. C:241. Denver.
A medium folio print showing a classic fishing scene. Most Currier & Ives prints showed hunting; this is one of only a few showing stream fishing. $5,200
"Bass Fishing." New York: Currier & Ives, 1857-72. Small folio. 8 x 12 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Repaired tear in margin; just touching neat line. New Best 50: #37. C:376.
Another of the "New Best 50" Currier & Ives prints, but this one from the small folio series. $1,450
Fishing prints by other publishers
William Nicholson. "May." [Fishing] From An Almanac of Twelve Sports. London: William Heinemann, 1898. Ca. 7 3/4 x 7 3/4. Lithograph transfer from wood block. Very good condition.
Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) was an English artist well known for his unique style of woodcut prints. Beginning in the 1890s, he created posters with his brother-in-law James Pryde, using the pseudonyms J. & W. Beggarstaff. In 1897, Nicholson produced a woodcut print of Queen Victoria that was very well received and helped establish his reputation with the British public. About that same time Nicholson cut a series of wood blocks of An Illustrated Alphabet for publisher William Heinemann. Originally issued in a very small run of hand colored woodcuts, their popularity led to the images being transferred to lithographic stones and printed in a bound volume. This was soon followed by two other similar series of images, An Almanac of Twelve Sports and London Types. Nicholson's style is instantly recognizable, with the broad strokes from his original woodcuts printed with subtle variations of earth tones, harking back to earlier British chap book illustrations. After the turn of the century, Nicholson turned more to painting, though he did continue to produce illustrations for several books. The prints from his three bound plates volumes offer a wonderful sample of Nicholson's vision and also of British culture at the end of the nineteenth century. $175
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W. Smith. "Teddington." From The Sporting Magazine. London, ca. 1830. Ca. 4 x 1/2. Steel engraving by J. Bishop. Hand color. Very good condition.
A finely engraved scene of Teddington, now part of greater London on the north bank of the Thames, showing a pair of fishermen on the bank looking out at other anglers in a punt on the river. Published from 1792 to 1870, The Sporting Magazine featured letters and articles on and illustrations of most of the branches of sport throughout the world. British horse racing and field sports are the dominant subjects of its plates, but a large variety of other sports are also depicted, including fishing and boating. As The Sporting Magazine was marketed to sportsmen, the images had to be correct as well as attractive. Many of the best sporting artists from Britain made drawings for these prints, and each was finely engraved for this prestigious publication. These are attractive, accurate and delightful sporting prints. $60
"The Angler. Fishing for a prize worth having" Hartford: Kellogg & Comstock and Buffalo: Ensign & Thayer, 1848-50. 8 x 12 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Short repaired tear and some minor surface blemishes in margins. Overall, very good condition and appearance. In period frame.
A classic fishing scene issued by rivals of the Currier & Ives firm. A bucolic setting is the setting for a charming scene of a young couple enjoying the pleasure of angling and reading. $425
W.H. Hilliard. "Why Don't They Bite?" New York: Colton, Zahm & Roberts, 1869. 10 x 14 1/4. Mounted on board with original label, as issued. Very good condiition. In period frame.
A delightful image of a young boy, in straw hat, fishing with a line on a stick, clearly without success. This is a typical Victorian chromolithograph, intended to look like an oil painting. $300
Henry Woods. "Punt Fishing On the Thames. From The Graphic. London, June 17, 1871. 8 7/8 x 11 7/8. Wood engraving. Very good condition.
A comedic scene of a fishing outing on the Thames, with eight people crammed into a punt involved in different ways in the pleasures of angling. $75
J. Nash. "A fishing match on the River Lea at Ponder's End." From The Graphic. London, April 17, 1875. 8 7/8 x 11 3/4. Wood engraving by H. Harral. Very good condition.
Another wood engraving from the London based illustrated newspaper, The Graphic. This paper sometimes sold the use of their woodblocks to American illustrated newspapers, and this image was published in Harper's Weekly shortly after its first appearance here. $75
A pair of humorous fishing prints by E.B. Bensell. These were issued by Boston publisher Louis Prang, noted for his chromolithographs. These separated issued prints were intended to be framed and hung in the home or office, a role they would play well today. For the pair, $575
A.B. Frost. "A Day's Fishing on the Cholera Banks. 1. Patient Waiters. 2. On the Banks. 3. A Little too Rough for Them. 4. An Ugly Customer. 5. Professionals. 6. 'Bound in.' 7. A Dip to Leeward. 8. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. 9. An Interval for Lunch." From Harper's Weekly. New York: November 1, 1884. 9 1/8 x 13 3/8. Wood engraving. Tear in upper right; repaired archivally. Else, very good condition.
An interesting series of images by the great American sports painter, A.B. Frost, illustrating a day's fishing on the Cholera Banks. The Cholera Banks are located in the Atlantic Ocean about ten miles off Long Branch, New Jersey. $60
Frank H. Taylor. "Catching a Mascalonge." From A.C. Gould (ed.) Sport, or Fishing and Shooting. Boston: Bradlee Whidden, 1889-90. Chromolithograph. 12 x 18. Very good condition. Framed. Denver.
A print from a rare 19th century portfolio consisting of fifteen chromolithographic plates of fishing, bird hunting and larger game hunting. Included are Frederic Remington's first two published prints in color, a rare A.B.Frost image of deer-hunting and images and sporting scenes by other top illustrators of their time. The plates are all based on water-colors, especially commissioned for the work, which were then reviewed by a group of anglers/sportsmen for accuracy. They are fine examples of the use of chromolithography for sporting subjects after important American artists at the end of the nineteenth century. This lovely image shows fishermen in a canoe on a lake, probably in the Adirondacks. $850
Charles Graham. "Salmon-Fishing on the Frazer River, British Columbia. From Harper's Weekly. New York, September 20, 1890. 11 1/2 x 9 1/4. Wood engraving. Very good condition.
A cover illustration from Harper's Weekly, showing Native Americans fishing for salmon along the Frazer River. $45
L.C. Eaple. "Waiting for the Fishing Party." New York, 1892. Chromolithograph by Knapp Lith. Small chip in bottom margin. Otherwise, very good condition.
An impressive image of an angler waiting for his party to set out on a day's fishing trip. His gear and picnic basket are ready, and what was likely the invitation lies on the floor beneath his chair. $525
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