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19th Century American Prints, Etchings & Lithographs

When Dutch painter/etcher Rembrandt died in 1669, etching and drypoint techniques gradually diminished and, with few exceptions, etchings were strictly reproductive or illustrative works, not original pieces. In the middle 1800s, however, an etching revival began in France. Maxime Lalanne wrote a popular etching textbook in 1866. This book, "A Treatise on Etching," was later translated into English and published in the U.S. in 1880. This book was greatly responsible for the American Etching Revival and for the proliferation of 19th century American etchings. This corresponded to the British Etching Revival, and many American artists studied and worked in Great Britian and on the Continent, with London, Paris and Venice providing rich subject matter for many American etchings.

Another important factor which led to the American etching movement was the founding of the New York Etching Club in 1877. In the centuries before, etchings were primarily used for producing reproductions of paintings, but now 19th century American etching artists were using this medium to produce beautiful, original artworks. Antique art prints from 19th Century American artists featured here include lithographs and etchings executed by Whistler, Hassam, Cassatt, Weir, Moran, and Homer.

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Childe Hassam pencil-signed etching "Independence Hall, Philadelphia"
$1,850.00
Childe Hassam pencil-signed etching "Independence Hall, Philadelphia"
Medium: original etching. Signed in pencil with Childe Hassam's monogram signature, and also signed in the plate. Catalogue reference: Cortissoz/Clayton 260. Executed in 1926 and printed on wove paper, with full margins. Size: 7 x 9 inches (plate); 176 x 230mm.

Condition: very good, except for some old tape residue in the top margin (on back of the sheet, not affecting the etched image); also, as sometimes is found with impressions of this etching, there are pinholes in the margin (see second photo) but these are well outside of the plate. A very good impression of this scarce Childe Hassam print!
Winslow Homer etching "The Lookout -- All's Well"
$1,000.00
Winslow Homer etching "The Lookout -- All's Well"
Medium: etching (etched by William Bicknell after Winslow Homer's 1896 painting). Although there is no inscription, it is presumed to have been published in 1906 by the John A. Lowell Bank Note Co., Boston, and issued for the Hamburg-American Line (there is a vignette of one of their passenger steamships in the margin at the bottom left). Image size: 23 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches (595 x 443mm) printed on heavy wove paper. Signed by Winslow Homer in the plate (not by hand).

Condition: The margins have been somewhat trimmed (not affecting the etching but slightly cropping the steamship vignette along the bottom edge). There is small skinned spot at the top right corner of the composition, and a pink eraser mark in the margin at the bottom right with skinning to the surface of the paper. A rich, dark impression of this magnificent etching. A lucky find!
James Whistler mezzotint "The Little White Girl"
$850.00
Whistler Little White Girl Symphony in White
Medium: mezzotint (engraved by Clifford James after the famous Whistler painting). "The Little White Girl" is also known as "Symphony in White No. 2". This is a portrait of Joanna Hiffernan, the beautiful Irish model who was Whistler's mistress from 1860-66. Signed in pencil by the engraver Clifford James, this exquisite mezzotint was printed and published in 1922, after which the plate was destroyed. The image size is 18 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches and the plate size is 19 5/8 x 12 7/8 inches. The sheet measures 22 x 14 1/2 inches.

Condition: the outer margins have been trimmed slightly, not affecting the image. Also, there is aging and discoloration where the old mat had lain (partially inside the platemark) and two spots on the model's dress.
Thomas Moran original etching "Tower of Cortez, Mexico"
$850.00
Thomas Moran original etching "Tower of Cortez, Mexico"
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Klackner 35. This is a rich, dark impression on heavy cream wove paper, from the "Original Etchings by American Artists" portfolio, published in 1883 by Cassell and Company. Size: 11 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches (plate). In excellent condition with full original margins. Signed in the plate (not by hand). The Tower of Cortez is considered to be one of the finest Thomas Moran etchings; his Western scenes are among the most sought after.
Peter Moran "Harvest in San Juan, New Mexico" original etching
$850.00
Peter Moran "Harvest in San Juan, New Mexico" original etching
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Keppel 74. Executed in 1883; this is a rich, dark impression on heavy cream wove paper, from the "Original Etchings by American Artists" portfolio, published in 1883 by Cassell and Company. Size: 6 x 12 1/4 inches (plate). In excellent condition with full original margins. Signed in the plate (not by hand).  This etching is considered to be one of Peter Moran's masterpieces.
John Marin original etching "La Cathedrale de Meaux"
$600.00
John Marin original etching "La Cathedrale de Meaux"
Medium: original etching. This beautiful impression on watermarked Arches wove paper was printed in Paris in 1908 for Gazette des Beaux-Arts. Plate size: 8 5/8 x 6 1/8 inches (215 x 155mm). Signed by John Marin in the plate, not by hand.
Thomas Moran original etching "The Half Dome - View from Moran Point"
$600.00
Thomas Moran original etching "The Half Dome - View from Moran Point"
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Klackner 60. One of Thomas Moran's magnificent Yosemite compositions; this impression on wove paper is from the 1888 edition published for John Muir's "Picturesque California", now quite scarce. The image measures 11 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches. Signed in the plate (not by hand).

Condition: full original margins; there is some age-toning to the paper and a water stain in the margin (well outside and not affecting the etched image).
Thomas Moran original etching "Twilight in Arizona"
$550.00
Thomas Moran original etching "Twilight in Arizona"
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Klackner 27. Executed in 1880, this is a fine, dark impression on heavy wove paper, in excellent condition with good margins. Plate size: 5 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches (152 x 223mm). Signed in the plate with Thomas Moran's monogram (not by hand).
Childe Hassam pencil-signed etching "Bowling on the Green"
$500.00
Childe Hassam pencil-signed etching "Bowling on the Green"
Medium: original etching. Signed in pencil with Childe Hassam's monogram signature; the number "20" is annotated at the lower left. Executed in 1932 for a portfolio of etchings commemorating the life of George Washington. Printed on watermarked laid paper, with full margins. Size: 8 1/4 x 13 3/8 inches (plate); 217 x 340mm.

Condition: very good, except for a few spots of foxing; please note that this print has been mounted (laid down) by a previous collector onto a cardboard backing sheet.
Thomas Moran original etching "The Pass of Glencoe, Scotland"
$500.00
Thomas Moran original etching "The Pass of Glencoe, Scotland"
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Klackner 29. Executed in 1883, this impression is printed on laid paper. Signed in the plate with Thomas Moran's monogram (not by hand) and with the thistle remarque. Size: 9 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches (plate).

Condition: there is a small tear (repaired) in the top margin and old tape mounts on back.
John Marin original etching "The Lobster Fisherman"
$450.00
John Marin original etching "The Lobster Fisherman"
Medium: original etching. This very rich impression on wove paper with deckle edges was printed in 1950 in a limited edition of 125. Numbered in pencil 88/125. The plate size is 9 x 7 inches. Signed by John Marin in the plate, not by hand.
Charles Saint-Memin engraving
$400.00
Charles Saint-Memin engraving
Medium: original physiognotrace engraving. This is one of the delightful engravings executed by French artist Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin, who was famous for his portraits of important Americans of the of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Saint Memin pioneered a technique called Physiognotrace (or Physionotrace) Engraving which produced remarkably lifelike portraits before the advent of photography. The plate measures 2 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches. Printed on cream wove paper, the full sheet is 9 3/4 x 7 inches (see the second photo). The inscription reads "Drawn & engraved by St. Memin Philadelphia".
Charles Saint-Memin engraving "Joseph Parker" 1799
$400.00
Charles Saint-Memin engraving Joseph Parker 1799
Medium: original physiognotrace engraving, 1799. This is one of the delightful engravings executed by French artist Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin, who was famous for his portraits of important Americans of the of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Saint Memin pioneered a technique called Physiognotrace (or Physionotrace) Engraving which produced remarkably lifelike portraits before the advent of photography. The plate measures 2 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches. Printed on cream wove paper, the full sheet is 9 3/4 x 7 inches (see the second photo). The inscription reads "Drawn by Valdenuit & engraved by St. Memin New York". A previous owner's annotation at the bottom of the sheet identifies the subject of this portrait.
Charles Saint-Memin engraving "William Edward" 1802
$400.00
Charles Saint-Memin engraving William Edward 1802
Medium: original physiognotrace engraving, 1802. This is one of the delightful engravings executed by French artist Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin, who was famous for his portraits of important Americans of the of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Saint Memin pioneered a technique called Physiognotrace (or Physionotrace) Engraving which produced remarkably lifelike portraits before the advent of photography. The plate measures 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches. Printed on cream wove paper, the full sheet is 9 3/4 x 7 inches (see the second photo). The inscription reads "Drawn & engraved by St. Memin Philadelphia". A previous owner's annotation at the bottom of the sheet identifies the subject of this portrait.

Condition: there is an old water stain in the margin, not affecting the image.
Charles Saint-Memin engraving "Doctor Thornton" 1804
$400.00
Charles Saint-Memin engraving Doctor Thornton 1804
Medium: original physiognotrace engraving, 1804. This is one of the delightful engravings executed by French artist Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin, who was famous for his portraits of important Americans of the of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Saint Memin pioneered a technique called Physiognotrace (or Physionotrace) Engraving which produced remarkably lifelike portraits before the advent of photography. The plate measures 3 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches. Printed on cream wove paper, the full sheet is 9 3/4 x 7 inches (see the second photo). Not signed.

Condition: there is an old water stain in the margin, not affecting the image.
Mary Cassatt etching and aquatint "The Coiffure"
$400.00
Mary Cassatt etching and aquatint "The Coiffure"
Medium: etching and aquatint (after the original). From the replique edition published in Paris by Claude Tchou and the Bibliotheque Nationale. It is an exact rendition of the original, printed on watermarked Arches laid paper, in a limited edition of 550 issued in 1991. Plate size: 14 1/4 x 10 3/8 inches; sheet size: 22 x 16 inches. A very nice impression, as can be expected from Claude Tchou and the Bibliotheque Nationale. For the collector who cannot spend a small fortune on a first edition Mary Cassatt, this presents an affordable alternative.

Condition: this piece is not framed. It had been framed before and there is aging and discoloration to the paper (this print is light struck where the mat did not cover); also the remains of old tape mounts in the margin near the edge of the sheet and a crease (the crease will really not be evident when properly matted).
James Whistler original lithograph "Firelight: Portrait of Joseph Pennell"
$400.00
James Whistler lithograph Firelight a Portrait of Joseph Pennell
Medium: original transfer lithograph. Catalogue reference: Way 104. Executed in 1896 and issued in 1898 as the frontispiece in "Lithography and Lithographers" by Joseph Pennell; this is one of the compositions drawn by Whistler on lithographic transfer paper. It is a portrait of Whistler's friend and fellow artist Joseph Pennell. This impression is printed on laid paper, bearing the watermark of a figure holding a banner while balancing on a ball. The image measures 6 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches; the total sheet is 13 3/4 x 9 5/8 inches. Signed in the stone with the Whistler butterfly monogram (not signed by hand).
Stephen Parrish original etching "Inner Harbor Gloucester"
$350.00
Stephen Parrish original etching Inner Harbor Gloucester
Medium: original etching. This magnificent Stephen Parrish etching was executed in 1883; this is a rich, dark impression on heavy cream wove paper, from the "Original Etchings by American Artists" portfolio, published in 1883 by Cassell and Company. The plate size is 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches. In excellent condition with full original margins. Signed in the plate (not by hand).
Peter Moran original etching "A Burro Train, New Mexico"
$350.00
Peter Moran original etching Burro Train New Mexico
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: White 1. This impression on laid paper was printed in 1880 for The American Art Review. The plate measures 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches; the sheet size is 9 x 12 inches. Signed in the plate by Peter Moran (not by hand).
Otto Henry Bacher original etching "View in Venice"
$350.00
Otto Henry Bacher original etching View in Venice
Medium: original etching. Executed in 1880, View in Venice is also called "Fondamenta delle Zattere". This impression on cream laid paper was published in 1880 by The American Art Review. Size: 7 x 10 1/4 inches (plate); 180 x 260 mm. Signed in the plate (not by hand). This well-known Otto Bacher etching is considered one of his finest.
William Merritt Chase "Keying Up - The Court Jester" original etching
$350.00
William Merritt Chase "Keying Up - The Court Jester" original etching
Medium: original etching. Executed in 1879, this is a rich, dark impression on chine-collé paper, apart from the standard edition on laid paper. The etched image measures 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches; the plate measures 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches (our photo does not show the platemark).

Condition: minor foxing to the margins. Signed in the plate, not hand-signed.

The artist executed an earlier painting of the same composition; the painting is lighter and more whimsical, with the jester wearing a red suit and an impish grin as he pours himself a drink before performing ("keying up"). The etching is done in the reverse direction and has a darker, moodier quality. The Court Jester is considered to be William Merritt Chase's most important etching.
Joseph Foxcroft Cole original etching "The Three Cows"
$300.00
Joseph Foxcroft Cole original etching Three Cows
Medium: original etching. Executed in 1883; this is a rich, dark impression on heavy cream wove paper, from the "Original Etchings by American Artists" portfolio, published in 1883 by Cassell and Company. The plate size is 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches. In fine condition with full original margins. Signed by Joseph Foxcroft Cole in the plate (not by hand).

Stephen Parrish original etching "In Port"
$300.00
Stephen Parrish original etching In Port
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Schneider 61. Executed in 1881; this is a beautiful impression with plate tone and full original margins on watermarked laid paper from "The Portfolio" edition, published in London in 1882 in by Seeley, Jackson & Halliday and edited by 19th Century artist and art critic Phillip Gilbert Hamerton. The plate measures 4 x 9 1/2 inches (100 x 240 mm). Signed by Stephen Parrish in the plate, not by hand.
Thomas Moran original etching "The Rainbow"
$300.00
Thomas Moran original etching Rainbow
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Klackner 18. This impression on laid paper was printed in 1880 for The American Art Review. The plate measures 4 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches; the sheet size is 9 x 12 inches. Signed in the plate with Moran's monogram signature (not by hand).
George Charles Aid original etching "La Meuse a Dordrecht"
$300.00
George Charles Aid original etching "La Meuse a Dordrecht
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Sanchez and Seydoux 1903-10. This delightful etching was published in Paris in 1903 by Gazette des Beaux-Arts. The plate measures 5 x 6 5/8 inches (130 x 170 mm). A fine impression with plate tone, printed on watermarked Van Gelder Zonen laid paper. Plate-signed by George Charles Aid, not hand-signed.

Condition: the top margin is somewhat narrow (4 mm).
Donald Shaw MacLaughlan original etching "La ruelle du pecheur"
$300.00
Donald Shaw MacLaughlan original etching "La ruelle du pecheur"
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Sanchez and Seydoux 1903-11. This delightful etching was published in Paris in 1903 by Gazette des Beaux-Arts. The plate measures 8 5/8 x 6 inches (220 x 150 mm). A very nice impression printed on laid paper. Plate-signed by Donald Shaw MacLaughlan, not hand-signed.
James Whistler etching "Portrait de ma Mere" | Whistler's Mother
$300.00
James Whistler etching Portrait de ma Mere | Whistler's Mother
Medium: etching (etched by Henri Guerard after Whistler's iconic painting). Printed in Paris by Eudes and published in ca.1883 by Gazette des Beaux Arts. Image size: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (143 x 165 mm) on laid paper. Signed in the plate, not by hand.

The Gazette des Beaux Arts was a Parisian art revue founded in 1859. From a print collector's point of view, it is much treasured for the etchings and lithographs published during the 19th Century and early years of the 20th Century.
Thomas Waterman Wood "His Own Doctor" original etching
$300.00
Thomas Waterman Wood "His Own Doctor" original etching
Medium: original etching. Published in 1883 for a deluxe portfolio of American etchings, this is a fine, dark impression on wove paper. Size: 11 1/2 X 7 5/8 inches (plate); the full sheet measures 18 x 13 1/2 inches. Signed by Thomas Waterman Wood in the plate (not by hand).
Thomas Moran "Passaic Meadows" original etching
$300.00
Thomas Moran "Passaic Meadows" original etching
Medium: original etching. This work is also called "In the Newark Meadows".
Catalogue reference: Klackner 15. Executed in 1879, this original Thomas Moran etching was printed on heavy wove paper for a portfolio of American etchings. Size: 5 3/4 x 8 7/8 inches (plate). Signed in the plate with the Thomas Moran monogram signature (not by hand).
Kruseman Van Elten original etching "The Deserted Mill"
$250.00
Kruseman Van Elten original etching The Deserted Mill
Medium: original etching. Executed in 1883; this is a rich, dark impression on heavy cream wove paper, from the "Original Etchings by American Artists" portfolio, published in 1883 by Cassell and Company. The plate size is 9 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches. In excellent condition with full original margins. Signed in the plate (not by hand).
Stephen Parrish original etching "Hastings"
$250.00
Stephen Parrish original etching Hastings
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Schneider 113. Executed in 1885; this is a fine, dark impression with full original margins on watermarked laid paper from "The Portfolio" edition, published in London by Seeley, Jackson & Halliday and edited by 19th Century artist and art critic Phillip Gilbert Hamerton. The plate measures 5 1/2 x 10 3/8 inches (138 x 264 mm). Signed by Stephen Parrish in the plate, not by hand.
Robert Frederick Blum original etching "An Italian Macaroni"
$250.00
Robert Frederick Blum original etching "An Italian Macaroni"
Medium: original etching. The full title is "An Italian Macaroni of the Eighteenth Century". A nice impression in reddish-brown ink on cream laid paper, published in 1887 by Frederick Stokes. Size: 11 3/4 x 8 7/8 inches (plate) with full margins. Plate-signed by Robert Blum, not hand-signed.

Condition: There are two tears in the margin (one extending just to the platemark).
John Sloan original etching "Une rue a New York" - Fifth Avenue
$250.00
John Sloan original etching "Une rue a New York" - Fifth Avenue
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Morse 128. Printed on laid paper in 1909 by Porcabeuf and published in Paris by Gazette des Beaux-Arts. The plate measures 5 x 7 inches (127 x 177 mm). Plate-signed by John Sloan, not hand-signed.
Maurice Sterne "Coney Island" original etching
$250.00
Maurice Sterne "Coney Island" original etching
Medium: original etching and aquatint. Catalogue reference: Sanchez and Seydoux 1904-19. Printed in Paris and published in 1904 by Gazette des Beaux Arts. Plate size: 3 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches (88 x 163 mm). A good impression printed on laid paper. Not signed.
Thomas Moran / George Inness etching "An American Sunset"
$250.00
Thomas Moran etching "An American Sunset"
Medium: etching. Catalogue reference: Klackner 63. Executed in 1888; this charming landscape was etched by Thomas Moran after George Inness. This is a nice impression printed on laid paper circa 1900. Size: 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches (plate). Not signed.
Frederick Dielman original etching "The Mora Players"
$200.00
Frederick Dielman original etching Mora Players
Medium: original etching. Executed in 1883; this is a rich, dark impression on heavy cream wove paper, from the "Original Etchings by American Artists" portfolio, published in 1883 by Cassell and Company. The plate size is 6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches. In fine condition with full original margins. Signed by Frederick Dielman in the plate (not by hand).

Mauritz Frederik Hendrik De Haas original etching "Fishing Boats on the Beach at Scheveningen"
$200.00
Mauritz Frederik Hendrik De Haas original etching
Medium: original etching. Executed in 1883; this is a rich, dark impression on heavy cream wove paper, from the "Original Etchings by American Artists" portfolio, published in 1883 by Cassell and Company. The plate size is 6 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches. In good condition with full original margins. Signed by Mauritz Frederik Hendrik De Haas in the plate (not by hand).

John A. S. Monks original etching "Twilight"
$200.00
John A. S. Monks original etching "Twilight"
Medium: original etching. Executed in 1883; this is a rich, dark impression on heavy cream wove paper, from the "Original Etchings by American Artists" portfolio, published in 1883 by Cassell and Company. The plate size is 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches. In excellent condition with full original margins. Signed by J. A. S. Monks in the plate (not by hand).

Joseph Pennell original etching "The Ponte Vecchio"
$200.00
Joseph Pennell original etching Ponte Vecchio
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference Wuerth 54. Executed in 1883; this is a rich, dark impression on heavy cream wove paper, from the "Original Etchings by American Artists" portfolio, published in 1883 by Cassell and Company. The plate size is 9 5/8 x 8 inches. In excellent condition with full original margins. Signed by Joseph Pennell in the plate (not by hand).

Henry Farrer original etching "Winter Evening"
$200.00
Henry Farrer original etching Winter Evening
Medium: original etching. Executed in 1883; this is a rich, dark impression on heavy cream wove paper, from the "Original Etchings by American Artists" portfolio, published in 1883 by Cassell and Company. The plate size is 9 x 13 inches. In excellent condition with full original margins. Signed in the plate (not by hand).