A classic Currier (before Ives joined him) outdoor sporting print, showing party of woodsmen at their camp. One of the party has just returned with an impressive string of fish for the campfire. $2,800
"Bass Fishing." New York: Currier & Ives, 1857-72. Small folio. 8 x 12 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Repaired tear in margin; just touching neat line. New Best 50: #37. C:376.
Another of the "New Best 50" Currier & Ives prints, but this one from the small folio series. $1,450
Fishing prints by other publishers
W. Smith. "Teddington." From The Sporting Magazine. London, ca. 1830. Ca. 4 x 1/2. Steel engraving by J. Bishop. Hand color. Very good condition.
A finely engraved scene of Teddington, now part of greater London on the north bank of the Thames, showing a pair of fishermen on the bank looking out at other anglers in a punt on the river. Published from 1792 to 1870, The Sporting Magazine featured letters and articles on and illustrations of most of the branches of sport throughout the world. British horse racing and field sports are the dominant subjects of its plates, but a large variety of other sports are also depicted, including fishing and boating. As The Sporting Magazine was marketed to sportsmen, the images had to be correct as well as attractive. Many of the best sporting artists from Britain made drawings for these prints, and each was finely engraved for this prestigious publication. These are attractive, accurate and delightful sporting prints. $60
"The Angler. Fishing for a prize worth having" Hartford: Kellogg & Comstock and Buffalo: Ensign & Thayer, 1848-50. 8 x 12 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Short repaired tear and some minor surface blemishes in margins. Overall, very good condition and appearance. In period frame.
A classic fishing scene issued by rivals of the Currier & Ives firm. A bucolic setting is the setting for a charming scene of a young couple enjoying the pleasure of angling and reading. $425
W.H. Hilliard. "Why Don't They Bite?" New York: Colton, Zahm & Roberts, 1869. 10 x 14 1/4. Mounted on board with original label, as issued. Very good condiition. In period frame.
A delightful image of a young boy, in straw hat, fishing with a line on a stick, clearly without success. This is a typical Victorian chromolithograph, intended to look like an oil painting. $300
Henry Woods. "Punt Fishing On the Thames. From The Graphic. London, June 17, 1871. 8 7/8 x 11 7/8. Wood engraving. Very good condition.
A comedic scene of a fishing outing on the Thames, with eight people crammed into a punt involved in different ways in the pleasures of angling. $75
J. Nash. "A fishing match on the River Lea at Ponder's End." From The Graphic. London, April 17, 1875. 8 7/8 x 11 3/4. Wood engraving by H. Harral. Very good condition.
Another wood engraving from the London based illustrated newspaper, The Graphic. This paper sometimes sold the use of their woodblocks to American illustrated newspapers, and this image was published in Harper's Weekly shortly after its first appearance here. $75
A pair of humorous fishing prints by E.B. Bensell. These were issued by Boston publisher Louis Prang, noted for his chromolithographs. These separated issued prints were intended to be framed and hung in the home or office, a role they would play well today. For the pair, $575
A.B. Frost. "A Day's Fishing on the Cholera Banks. 1. Patient Waiters. 2. On the Banks. 3. A Little too Rough for Them. 4. An Ugly Customer. 5. Professionals. 6. 'Bound in.' 7. A Dip to Leeward. 8. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. 9. An Interval for Lunch." From Harper's Weekly. New York: November 1, 1884. 9 1/8 x 13 3/8. Wood engraving. Tear in upper right; repaired archivally. Else, very good condition.
An interesting series of images by the great American sports painter, A.B. Frost, illustrating a day's fishing on the Cholera Banks. The Cholera Banks are located in the Atlantic Ocean about ten miles off Long Branch, New Jersey. $60
Charles Graham. "Salmon-Fishing on the Frazer River, British Columbia. From Harper's Weekly. New York, September 20, 1890. 11 1/2 x 9 1/4. Wood engraving. Very good condition.
A cover illustration from Harper's Weekly, showing Native Americans fishing for salmon along the Frazer River. $45
W.T. Smedley. "Trout-Fishing in a Pennsylvania Stream - An Anxious Moment." From Harper's Weekly. New York, April 15, 1899. 9 1/4 x 13 1/2. Relief halftone. Hand color. Rust stains along centerfold from binding staples. $95
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