Richard Evett Bishop (1887-1975). “Merry Christmas -- Helen and Dick Bishop." [Three Black Ducks]
1938. Approx. 4 x 6. Etching. Unsigned. Very good condition. Ref: Russell A. Fink. Richard E. Bishop: Etchings, Drypoints, & Aquatints. F311a.
Richard E. Bishop, a Philadelphia artist, was originally trained as an engineer. His first etching was published in 1920 using an old wedding invitation copper plate. Bishop, a consummate artist, did his own sketching, etching, and printing. He also mastered the difficult technique of aquatinting. In 1936, Bishop’s image “Canada Geese” was honored by being selected for the 1936-37 Duck Stamp. This was subsequently made into the first published Duck Stamp print. Bishop specialized in bird studies, and his prints convey the grace of movement and natural beauty of his subject. Over the years, Bishop made small etchings to be given out as Christmas cards. These charming images are nice examples of Bishop’s work. Reference: Russell A. Fink. Richard E. Bishop: Etchings, Drypoints, & Aquatints. St. Paul, 2008