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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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Winslow Homer etching "The Lookout -- All's Well" 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 erasure 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!

$1,000.00
Whistler Little White Girl Symphony in White James Whistler mezzotint "The Little White Girl"

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.

$850.00
Thomas Moran original etching "The Pass of Glencoe, Scotland" 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.

$500.00
Peter Moran original etching Burro Train New Mexico Peter Moran original etching "A 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).

$350.00
William Merritt Chase "Keying Up - The Court Jester" original etching William Merritt Chase "Keying Up - The Court Jester" original etching

Medium: original etching. This impression on laid paper was published by the American Art Review in 1880. The etched image measures 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches; the plate measures 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches. 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.

$300.00
Thomas Moran chromolithograph Mammoth Hot Springs Thomas Moran chromolithograph "Mammoth Hot Springs Gardiner's River"

Medium: chromolithograph (after the watercolor). A smaller size version of one of Thomas Moran's famous chromolithographs, published by F. V. Hayden in 1878. The image size is 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches. Signed in the plate (not by hand).

$300.00
Joseph Foxcroft Cole original etching Three Cows Joseph Foxcroft Cole original etching "The 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).

$300.00
Donald Shaw MacLaughlan original etching "La ruelle du pecheur" 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.

$300.00
James Whistler etching Portrait de ma Mere | Whistler's Mother 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 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.

$300.00
Thomas Waterman Wood "His Own Doctor" original etching 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).

$300.00
Stephen Parrish original etching Hastings 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.

$250.00
Robert Frederick Blum original etching "An Italian Macaroni" 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).

$250.00
Maurice Sterne "Coney Island" original etching Maurice Sterne "Coney Island" original etching

Medium: original etching and aquatint. Catalogue reference: Sanchez and Seydoux 1904-19. Printed in Paris on laid paper and published in 1904 by Gazette des Beaux Arts. Plate size: 3 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches (88 x 163 mm). Not signed.

$250.00
James Whistler lithograph "The Blue Girl" James Whistler lithograph "The Blue Girl" 1905

Medium: lithograph (after the pastel). The lithography was executed by Whistler's friend and fellow artist Thomas Way, and published in London by The Studio in 1905 for a now quite rare deluxe portfolio. Printed on smooth wove paper, the lithograph measures 8 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches. Not signed.

Condition: As originally published, this work is tipped onto a brown backing sheet, which is itself tipped onto a stiff antique paperboard.

$200.00
Mauritz Frederik Hendrik De Haas original etching Mauritz Frederik Hendrik De Haas original etching "Fishing Boats on the Beach at Scheveningen"

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).

$200.00
John A. S. Monks original etching "Twilight" 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. Signed by J. A. S. Monks in the plate (not by hand).

$200.00
Charles Saint-Memin engraving 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 size is 9 3/4 x 7 inches. The date of printing of this impression is not known. The inscription reads "Drawn & engraved by St. Memin Philadelphia".

$200.00
Charles Saint-Memin engraving Joseph Parker 1799 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 size is 9 3/4 x 7 inches. The inscription reads "Drawn by Valdenuit & engraved by St. Memin New York". The date of printing of this impression is not known. A previous owner's annotation at the bottom of the sheet identifies the subject of this portrait.

$200.00
Charles Saint-Memin engraving William Edward 1802 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 size is 9 3/4 x 7 inches. The inscription reads "Drawn & engraved by St. Memin Philadelphia". The date of printing of this impression is not known. 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.

$200.00
Frank Milton Armington original etching "Une rue a Nuremberg" Frank Milton Armington original etching "Une rue a Nuremberg"

Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Sanchez and Seydoux 1912-10. Published in Paris in 1912 for Gazette des Beaux-Arts. This is a fine impression printed in sepia ink on cream wove paper. Plate size: 9 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches (237 x 130 mm). Not signed.

$200.00
James Whistler lithograph "Bead-Stringers, Venice" 1905 James Whistler lithograph "Bead-Stringers, Venice" 1905

Medium: lithograph (after the pastel). The lithography was executed by Whistler's friend and fellow artist Thomas Way, and published in London by The Studio in 1905 for a now quite rare deluxe portfolio. Printed on smooth wove paper, the lithograph measures 9 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. Signed in the plate (not by hand).

Condition: As originally published, this work is tipped onto a brown backing sheet, which is itself tipped onto a stiff antique paperboard.

$200.00
Joseph Pennell original etching "The Pavement, St. Paul's" Joseph Pennell original etching "The Pavement, St. Paul's"

Medium: original etching. Printed in 1910 by K. K. Hof and the Staatsdruckerei of Vienna. Plate size: 8 1/2 x 11 inches (225 x 280mm). Sheet size: 11 x 15 1/2 inches. A nice, dark impression with plate tone and full original margins. Not signed.

Condition: there is soiling in the margin, not affecting the etched image.

$200.00
Robert Swain Gifford original etching "The Mouth of the Apponigansett" Robert Swain Gifford original etching "The Mouth of the Apponigansett"

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 7 7/8 x 11 1/8 inches. In fine condition with full original margins. Signed by Robert Swain Gifford in the plate (not by hand).

$175.00
Joseph Pennell original lithograph Zaandam, No. 1 Joseph Pennell original lithograph "Zaandam, No. 1"

Medium: original lithograph. The catalogue reference is Wuerth 66. Published in Vienna by Gesellschaft für Vervielfältigende Kunst in 1910. The image measures 8 x 11 1/2 inches (210 x 290 mm) and the total sheet is 11 x 15 1/2 inches. This impression is printed on laid paper and has full original margins. Signed by Joseph Pennell in the stone (not by hand).

$175.00
Ignatz Marcel Gaugengigl original etching Summer Ignatz Marcel Gaugengigl original etching "Summer"

Medium: original etching. This piece is also known as "A Maiden Fair to See". This impression was published in Boston in 1882 by Estes and Lauriat for the "Nature and Art" portfolio and printed on cream laid paper. Size: 7 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches (plate). Signed by Gaugengigl in the plate (not by hand).

$175.00
Otto Henry Bacher original etching "Schwabelweiss" Otto Henry Bacher original etching "Schwabelweiss"

Medium: original etching. Executed in 1879, this is one of the "Danube Set" of Otto Bacher's German compositions from his travels in Bavaria. Printed on laid paper and published in 1880 by The American Art Review. The plate measures 3 3/8 x 8 1/2 inches (88 x 215 mm). Signed in the plate (not by hand).

$175.00
Otto Henry Bacher original etching Auf Staufa Bruck Otto Henry Bacher original etching "Auf Staufa Bruck"

Medium: original etching. Executed in 1879, this is one of the "Danube Set" of Otto Bacher's German compositions from his travels in Bavaria. Printed on laid paper and published in 1880 by The American Art Review. The image measures 2 3/4 x 8 1/8 inches (72 x 207 mm). Signed in the plate (not by hand).

$175.00
Fredrick Freer original etching The Token Fredrick Freer original etching "The Token"

Medium: original etching. This impression was printed on laid paper and published in 1887 by the New York Etching Club. Plate size: 6 x 4 inches. Not signed.

$150.00
George Henry Smillie original etching "An Old New England Orchard" George Henry Smillie original etching "An Old New England Orchard"

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 x 11 3/4 inches. In fine condition with full original margins. George Henry Smillie was the brother of artist James David Smillie. Signed in the plate (not by hand).

$150.00
James Smillie original etching At Marblehead Neck James D. Smillie original etching "At Marblehead Neck"

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 5 x 11 7/8 inches. Signed in the plate (not by hand).

$150.00
Ignatz Marcel Gaugengigl original etching Mischief Ignatz Marcel Gaugengigl original etching "Mischief"

Medium: original etching. A nice impression on cream laid paper, published for the American Art Review in 1880. The American Art Review was a lavishly produced revue featuring original etchings by Moran and other leading American artists of the era, which only lasted three years and is now quite scarce. Plate size: 9 x 6 1/2 inches. Signed by Gaugengigl in the plate (not by hand).

$150.00
Ignatz Marcel Gaugengigl original etching Difficult Question Ignatz Marcel Gaugengigl original etching "A Difficult Question"

Medium: original etching. Printed on cream wove paper and published in 1888 by Estes & Lauriat. Image size: 6 1/4 x 9 inches. Signed by Gaugengigl in the plate (not by hand).

$150.00
Anna Lea Merritt etching Portrait of Sir Gilbert Scott Anna Lea Merritt etching "Portrait of Sir Gilbert Scott"

Medium: etching. Etched by Anna Lea Merritt after George Richmond. A fine impression on cream laid paper, it was published in 1880 by The American Art Review. Plate size: 7 1/4 x 4 7/8 inches, with good margins. Signed in the plate (not by hand). Considered to be one of Anna Lea Merritt's finest etchings.

$150.00
Georges Gobo original etching "Herman Armour Webster original etching "La place de l'hopital a Strasbourg"" Herman Armour Webster original etching "La place de l'hopital a Strasbourg"

Medium: original etching. Published in Paris in 1920 for Gazette des Beaux-Arts. This is a fine impression on laid paper. Plate size: 6 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches (165 x 149 mm). Signed by Herman Armour Webster in the plate (not by hand).

$150.00
Donald Shaw MacLaughlan original etching Donald Shaw MacLaughlan original etching | Boat Builders

Medium: original etching. Printed on cream wove paper and published in 1904. Plate size: 4 5/8 x 10 1/2 inches (120 x 265 mm). Plate-signed by Donald Shaw MacLaughlan; not hand-signed.

$150.00
Peter Moran original etching "Noonday Rest" Peter Moran original etching "Noonday Rest"

Medium: original etching. A nice impression on cream laid paper, published for the American Art Review in 1880; the American Art Review was a lavishly produced revue featuring original etchings by Moran and other leading American artists of the era, which only lasted three years and is now quite scarce. Plate size: 4 x 6 1/4 inches. Not signed.

Condition: there is a stain in the margin (not affecting the etched image).

$150.00
Henry Farrer original etching "Sunset, Gowanus Bay" Henry Farrer original etching "Sunset, Gowanus Bay"

Medium: original etching. Printed on cream laid paper and published in 1888 by Estes & Lauriat. Plate size: 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches. Signed in the plate, not by hand.

$150.00
Albert Fitch Bellows original etching "Mill Pond At Windsor, Connecticut" Albert Fitch Bellows original etching "Mill Pond At Windsor, Connecticut"

Also called "July"; Medium: original etching. This impression was published in 1887 by Estes and Lauriat, Boston. Printed on laid paper. Size: 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches (plate) with good margins. Signed in the plate (not by hand).

$150.00
James Whistler etching Comte Robert de Montesquiou James Whistler etching "Le Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac"

Medium: etching (etched by Henri Guerard after the Whistler painting). Printed in Paris by Porcabeuf and published in 1894 by Gazette des Beaux Arts. Image size: 7 3/4 x 3 3/8 inches (195 x 85 mm) on laid paper. Signed in the plate, not by hand.

Condition: there is foxing to the paper.

$100.00
James Whistler lithograph The Sun-Cloud James Whistler "The Sun-Cloud" 1905

Medium: offset lithograph (after the painting). The lithography was executed by Whistler's friend and fellow artist Thomas Way, and published in London by The Studio in 1905 for a now quite rare deluxe portfolio. Printed on smooth wove paper, the image measures 4 1/2 x 8 inches (114 x 204 mm). Not signed.

Condition: As originally published, this work is tipped onto a brown backing sheet, which is itself tipped onto a stiff antique paperboard.

$100.00