An Early Etching by Henry Farrer

By David G. Wright Henry Farrer (1844-1903) was one of the most celebrated of the American painter-etchers during the late 19th century, and someone who today is far too underappreciated. He held leadership positions in the New York Etching Club, which became one of the prime movers in generating interest in etching within the American Read More

My First Currier & Ives Print

By James S. Brust It was October 8, 1974, though at the time I made no special effort to remember the date. Driving up the coast of Maine at the start of an autumn trip through New England, I stopped at a cluttered, musty antique barn. Having grown up in New York City, I was Read More

Cats, If You’re Curious

We recently shared some dog-focused prints, so now it’s only fair to shine the spotlight on our feline friends. These American historical prints are arranged chronologically and cover a range of cat cuteness and mischievousness. Peter Maverick (lithographer), [Two kittens] [Lithograph, ca. 1830]. Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.   Pendelton’s Lithography. [Three Read More

A Dog Diversion

For those in need of temporary diversion, we share a selection of American historical prints depicting dogs. Arranged chronologically, these prints range from the sentimental to the absurd, and we hope they provide a pleasant distraction during troubling times. Since more of us are now staying home and working remotely, it’s also a good reminder Read More

A Dramatic Demonstration of the Damaging Effects of Light

By James S. Brust When I purchased the chromolithograph in Figure 1, I was more interested in acquiring the original period frame than the print itself, which was obviously faded and toned. All print collectors have heard stories of opening a frame and finding another, more valuable print behind the one showing through the glass. Read More