40. Schneider, Rona. “James David Smillie: The Etchings (1877-1909).” Vol. 6, no. 2 (Autumn 1981), 2-13.
James David Smillie (1833-1909) was a versatile artist, working in oil, watercolor, and the various graphic media. Schneider provides an excellent, well-researched biographical sketch of the artist, focusing on his etchings done in conjunction with the New York Etching Club. His subject matter as an etcher was varied including western views, the New England landscape, portraits, and even an etching after Winslow Homer’s A Voice from the Cliff of 1886. Large collections of his prints may be found at the New York Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the St. Louis Art Museum.
41. Sullivan, Larry. “The Print Collection of the New-York Historical Society.” Vol. 6, no. 2 (Autumn 1981), 20-24.
Chronologically the print collection of the New-York Historical Society begins in the seventeenth century and concludes in the twentieth. Although the primary focus is on New York City and State, the subject matter covers all parts of the United States. Special collections include clipper ship cards, naval prints (The Irving S. Olds Collection), circus posters, portraits of prominent Americans, political cartoons, the Audubon watercolors, architectural drawings, and the enormous Bella C. Landauer Collection of Ephemera.
42. Tatham, David. “Jack Downing: A Jacksonian Hero Personalized.” Vol. 6, no. 2 (Autumn 1981), 14-19.
Seba Smith created the mythical hero Jack Downing in 1830. Tatham explains the importance of Downing and other mythical heroes within the study of American culture. Although most disappeared after a brief moment, Jack Downing remained vital for over thirty years. Tatham provides a survey of the images derived from Smith’s creation including works by David Claypoole Johnston, Edward Williams Clay, and Anthony Imbert. Tatham suggests that a full study of Major Jack Downing would be useful.