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William Nicholson. "March -- Racing." From An Almanac of Twelve Sports. London: William Heinemann, 1898. Ca. 7 3/4 x 7 3/4. Color lithographic transfer from wood block. Very good condition.

Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) was an English artist well known for his unique style of woodcut prints. Beginning in the 1890s, he created posters with his brother-in-law James Pryde, using the pseudonyms J. & W. Beggarstaff. In 1897, Nicholson produced a woodcut print of Queen Victoria that was very well received and helped establish his reputation with the British public. About that same time Nicholson cut a series of wood blocks of An Illustrated Alphabet for publisher William Heinemann. Originally issued in a very small run of hand colored woodcuts, their popularity led to the images being transferred to lithographic stones and printed in a bound volume. Nicholson's style is instantly recognizable, with the broad strokes from his original woodcuts printed with subtle variations of earth tones, harking back to earlier British chap book illustrations. After the turn of the century, Nicholson turned more to painting, though he did continue to produce illustrations for several books. The prints from his alphabet volume offer a wonderful sample of Nicholson's vision and also of British culture at the end of the nineteenth century. $200
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Currier and Ives Horse Racing prints

From 1834 to 1907 the firm of Currier and Ives provided for the American people a pictorial history of their country's growth from an agricultural society to an industrialized one. For nearly three quarters of a century the firm provided "Colored Engravings for the People" and in the process, because of the democratic philosophy of the business, became the visual raconteurs of nineteenth century America. In 1834 Nathaniel Currier established the firm which produced colored pictures using a then relatively new process called lithography. Some of the finest artists of the day, Louis Maurer, Thomas Worth, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, Frances Flora Bond Palmer, George H. Durrie, Napoleon Sarony, Charles Parsons, and J. E. Butterworth were engaged by the firm to produce a variety of images. The prints were printed in black and white and then the finest colors, imported from Austria, were applied by hand by women, most of German descent. They were then ready for both foreign and domestic distribution through a variety of means, one of which included push cart vendors who walked through the streets, prints tacked upon their carts, selling them for a few cents each.

The real success of the firm was initiated when the steamboat Lexington caught fire in Long Island Sound with more than one hundred lives lost. Several days later Mr. Currier was ready with a picture of the ship, together with a description of the disaster.

Thomas Kelly: Dexter
"Dexter." New York: Thomas Kelly, 1867. Large folio. 17 x 24 5/8. Lithograph. Original hand tinting. Some very light stains. Overall, very good condition. $950

E.R. Howe. "Lady Thorn and American Girl -- Over The Fashion Course, L.I. May 4th. 1869." Boston: Haskell & Allen, 1872. Large folio. 18 x 25 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Some old, light stains and repaired tears into image. $650

E. R. Howe. "Great Eastern, as he Appeared in the Trio Races with Smuggler at Mystic Park, Boston,.." Boston: Haskell & Allen, 1877. Large folio. 17 5/8 x 25. Chromolithograph. Laid down. Some old, light stains, rubbing in sky and repaired tear at top. Overall, very good appearance and good condition. $750

19th Century Illustrated Newspaper Prints

A.R. Waud. "Inauguration of the Race-course of the Jocky Club, Jerome Park -- Start for the Four-mile Heat." From Harper's Weekly. New York: October 13 1866. Double folio, 14 x 20 1/2. Wood engraving. $95

"Opening Race at the Jerome Park, Fordham, New York, June 8, 1868." From Harper's Weekly. New York: June 27, 1868. 8 1/2 x 20 1/2. Wood engraving. $95

Basil Bradley. "The Derby." From Every Saturday: An Illustrated Journal of Choice Reading. Boston: July 2, 1870. Double folio, ca. 11 3/4 x 19 5/8. Wood engraving. $150

"At the Ascot Race." From Every Saturday: An Illustrated Journal of Choice Reading. Boston: July 16, 1870. Folio. 8 3/4 x 11 5/8. Wood engraving. Hand color. $75

"The Derby Day." From The Illustrated London News. 1871. Double folio, ca. 12 1/4 x 19 1/4. Wood engraving. $165

Basil Bradley. "The Derby -- At the Starting Post." From The Graphic. London: June 1, 1872. 11 7/8 x 19 7/8. Wood engraving. $175

H. Stull. "The Winning Hand of 1876." From Spirit of the Times. New York: December 30, 1876. Cover illustration. 9 7/8 x 9 1/8. Wood engraving. $35

T. Griffiths. "Goodwood. A Panoramic View of the Racecourse and the Surrounding Country." From The Graphic. Longon: July 30, 1887. 12 x 19 7/8. Wood engraving. $150

T. de Thulstrup. "The Suburban." From Harper's Weekly. New York: June 27, 1891. 13 3/8 x 9. Wood engraving. $55


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