1879 Wood Engraving Breves Brazil Rubber Tree Handicraft James W. Champney XGNB4

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This is an original 1879 black and white in-text wood engraving of a rubber gatherer in Breves, Brazil.

CONDITION

This 132+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging in margins. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original In-Text Wood Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 2.5 x 3 inches; 6 x 8 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer items from a collection featuring artwork by James Wells Champney as seen through the eyes of American naturalist and explorer Herbert H. Smith, who had explored regions of Brazil from 1868 until 1874. Smith had also been affiliated with the Brazilian Morgan expedition of 1870 during this time. This artistic collection includes images of Brazilian cultural scenes, the natural history of the land, the agriculture and the wildlife, as well as marine and nautical scenes, the traditional cultural handicrafts, picturesque cityscapes and more. Come take an interesting and exciting trip through Brazil and down the Amazon through the vision of these artistic wood engravings.

This piece was illustrated by Champney, James Wells.

James Wells Champney

James Wells Champney (1843-1903) was an American artist hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied at the Lowell Institute, prior to relocating to New York City. He was most recognized for his paintings, illustrations, printmaking, fresco murals, graphic art designs and mosaics, as well as his realism style. His works primarily centered on animals, architecture, figures, Native American culture, landscapes, floral and botanical, African American culture, the American frontier (Western Americana), and still life subjects. ChampneyÕs art has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Washington D. C., the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Boston Art Club, the Centennial Exposition of 1876 in Philadelphia, the WorldÕs Columbian Exposition of 1892-1893 (also known as the Chicago WorldÕs Fair) and more. He was later affiliated with the Century Club of New York City, the American Water Color Society, the American Fine Arts Society, the Salmagundi Club, the National Arts Club and more.

Keywords specific to this image: Siphonia S. Elastica Seringueiros, Natural History, Dendrology

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