Edward Lamson Henry. "The Camden and Amboy Railroad, with the Engine Planet, in 1834." New York: C. Klackner, 1900. Photogravure. Printed with color and finished by hand. 15 1/4 x 32. Very good condition. Framed.
A fascinating historical image from the childhood of rapid transit. This print is from a series done by C. Klackner depicting some of the most famous early passenger trains. The prints are based on accurate historic information, combining this interesting history with an impressive appearance. Here is the steam engine Planet at Camden, N.J. with the steamship William Penn in the background on the Delaware River. The Camden & Amboy Railroad, connecting Philadelphia to New York City, was the major New Jersey leg of the passenger and freight lines which ran up the east coast of North America in the nineteenth century. $1,350
Martin Petersen . "Factories at Hackensack." 1921. 9 x 9. Etching. Initialed and dated in pencil. Very good conditoin.
Martin Petersen (1866-1956) was born in Denmark. At the age of fourteen, he ran away and went to sea as a merchant seaman traveling to various countries around the world. In 1884, after an earlier visit to the United States, Petersen decided to permanently settle in Northern New Jersey. His first job was working in a factory where he lost most of his left arm. Petersen sought a vocation where the loss of his arm was not a factor in making a living. His interest in art prompted him to go to art school at night. After time, Petersen was able to enroll in the prestigious National Academy of Design, where he eventually won several awards for his work. For Fifty years he supported himself as an anatomical artist for the College of Physicians at Columbia University. With his free time, Petersen spent many hours on his own drawings, prints and paintings. Most of his subjects were figures in an urban landscape. During the 1920s, Petersen's etchings received critical reviews in the publication Fine Prints of the Year. Even though Petersen had a number of showings in New York City during his lifetime, he never aggressively promoted his own work. In total, he produced some two hundred and twenty five etchings and his work is very reminiscent of other etchers of the Ash Can School, John Sloan for instance. Petersen's focus was capturing people, in the city, going about their every day activities. $350
Print by Otto Kuhler. 1924-29. Etching. Very good condition.
Although best known for his industrial designs, Otto Kuhler (1894- 1977) is well regarded as a fine artist and draftsman. Born in Germany, Kuhler was the sole heir to his family's successful steel business, Kuhler Forges. After WWI however, the business and his family's fortune were in ruins. After living briefly in Dusseldorf, and partly due to the advice of friend Joseph Pennell, he took up etching and emigrated to the States in 1923. Otto Kuhler's etchings of begrimed industry sprang from the same optimistic response to technology that led to his colorful streamlined designs for the Milwaukee, Lehigh and other railroads in the 1930's. His prints bridge art and industry freely-sketched scenes that celebrate precise engineering and industrial might. This merging of industry and art proved so successful that after years of submitting designs, a locomotive based on Kuhler's designs was built. The engine, Hiawatha, rolled out of the Schenectady, New York yard in May, 1935. It was the first streamlined steam locomotive to be built from scratch in America. This signaled the start of the next phase of his career- as a successful industrial designer.
John Taylor Arms (1887-1953) was a prolific artist/printmaker of many subjects. Educated as an architect he began issuing fine arts prints in the 1920s. Much of his work depicts medieval architecture, but he also did landscapes. During World War II he executed a "Navy Series" for the U.S. Government to celebrate the enormous and noble output of war materiel by American industry. Grandeur is conveyed through the large size and photographic detail of this print and all those in the series. $875
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