Kimmel & Forster


1865-1866 etc.: 254 and 256 Canal Street

P.K. Kimmell was a New Yorker engraver of vignettes and portraits working about 1850, and was later a member of the engraving firm of Capewell  & Kimmell, of the same city. Mr. Stauffer also speaks of Kimmell & Forster as an “engraving firm.”  This may explain what seems to be something of a scarcity of their lithographs.  They are interesting, however.

There are at least two Atlantic cable prints from this house, both interesting: “The eighth Wonder of the World, The Atlantic Cable…1866,”  18.14 x 23.14, and “The Arrival of the Atlantic Cable, Newfoundland,” n.d., 14.10 x 19.12.

I have seen two Civil War prints: “Capture of Harrold & Shooting of Booth,” n.d., 10.2 x 14.8, and “The Old Flag Waves over Sumter…1865,” 14.14 x 11.6.

There are at least two sporting prints: “The First Bird of the Season,” n.d.,  24.4 x 17.9,reproduced to show how completely crude these prints can be, and “The Stag Outrun. Bischof, Del.,” n.d., large-with an amusing and excellent background of trees and lakes, showing German and French influence.

No collection of liquor prints would be complete without “The Effects of the New Liquor Law. No.1” n.d., 17.4 x 12.2 – showing a large German and his wife with a baby carriage.  The pater has a beer keg strapped to his back, as has a little boy tagging after.

“The First Bird of the Season” is an amusing lithograph; but so is the painting from which it was taken.  I have seen it – so let that be its excuse if it needs one. It is shown here as an example of that type of print.