1980 Imprint Volume 5-1 Spring


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27. Cunha, George M. “Print Care.” Vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 1980), 24-26.

Cunha briefly describes important aspects of print care, including storage in a stable environment in which appropriate temperature and humidity levels are maintained, low levels of light, and storage in acid-free materials. The second installment (#36) discusses simple cleaning procedures (see Vol. 6, no. 1 (Autumn 1980), 31-33)

28. Helfand, William H. “The Medical Theme in American Political Prints.” Vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 1980), 2-8.

Through the use of medical imagery in political cartoons, Helfand explores the intensity of popular political sentiment as expressed through the practice of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacology in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Helfand’s survey covers the period from Paul Revere through Thomas Nast.

29. Moss, Michael E. “Early Prints of the Military Academy in the West Point Museum.” Vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 1980), 20-23.

Opened in 1854, the Museum at West Point contains some 20,000 artifacts including 3,000 prints depicting American battle scenes, military uniforms, and West Point itself. Moss surveys this portion of the collection, which appeals to those interested in the Hudson River Valley as well as military history. Included are prints by John Hill after George Catlin, the designs by William Henry Bartlett, and works published in the pictorial press.

30. Sloan, Helen Farr. “John Sloan: His Early Years.” Vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 1980), 9-14.

The artist John Sloan (1871-1951) started his career as an etcher and illustrator. His daughter records his early life and training as an artist. He learned to etch, for example, by using Hamerton’s Handbook. A number of his etchings, based on photographs, were made for A. Edward Newton, a Philadelphia merchant and collector. In 1892 he began to work for the Philadelphia Inquirer, which eclipsed his work as an etcher.

31. Wiehl, Lee. “Four Lithographs of John Woodhouse Audubon’s Gold Rush Journey.” Vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 1980), 15-19.

During 1849 Audubon traveled to the California gold fields, making numerous sketches during his trip. Four lithographs were published by Nagel and Weingartner in 1851. Wiehl describes the circumstances of their creation and publication, noting that although an ambitious publication was envisioned, only one part of Notes of an Expedition through Mexico and California was issued. Wiehl compares the drawings and the prints.