242. Donald C. O’Brien, “The Engravings of Alfred Jones: Illustrations, Folio Prints, and Bank Note Vignettes,” Vol. 39, No. 2 (Autumn 2014), 2-23, 18 illus.
When the American Antiquarian Society acquired the highly important archive of the engraver Alfred Jones (1819-1900), Donald C. O’Brien was one of the first to examine it. Jones, famed for his American Art Union prints, book illustrations, and bank note engravings, had retained many proofs, assembled scrapbooks, and kept correspondence and ephemera related to his career. O’Brien used the archive to trace Jones’s professional development and his sustained friendships with fellow artists, including F. O. C. Darley, and Marcus W. Baldwin, a former student. It is hoped that this appreciative article will inspire others to delve into the rich resource of the Alfred Jones Collection.
243. Christopher W. Lane, “History of Cincinnati Lithography, 1845 to 1849: With a List of Lithographs Made in Cincinnati during Those Years,” Vol. 39, No. 2 (Autumn 2014), 24-40, 14 illus.
Christopher W. Lane has written the second installment of his presentation, delivered at the AHPCS annual meeting in May 2013, on the history of lithography in Cincinnati up to the Civil War. Covering the years 1845 to 1849, Lane discussed the work of Klauprech & Menzel, Cincinnati’s principal lithographer, and the output of newcomers Fleetwood & Son, J. B. Rowse, John Sherer, and the arrival of Otto Onken, who would rise to prominence in the following decade. During this period, the Mexican War inspired several firms to produce large folio battle scenes and sheet music covers related to that conflict. There was an increase in book illustration and lithographed covers and wrappers. The most notable city view of the period is Flood of 1847. A View of the City of Cincinnati and the Ohio River…, beautifully drawn on stone by J. B. Rowse. The story will be continued in the Spring 2015 issue.