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1925 Print William Cullen Bryant Portrait Wyatt Eaton Timothy Cole Woodcut XALA4

1925 Print William Cullen Bryant Portrait Wyatt Eaton Timothy Cole Woodcut XALA4

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"William Cullen Bryant."

This is an original 1925 black and white halftone print of a wood engraving by Timothy Cole from a painting by Wyatt Eaton.

Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of woodcut and wood engraving prints featured here in various mediums from a myriad of artists, both ancient and modern. Each piece was limited to 600 copies, and will be of huge interest to graphic designers and artists.

CONDITION

This 87+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.5 x 7.5 inches; 14 x 19 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)

This piece was illustrated by Cole, Timothy. There is no visible artist signature.

Cole, Timothy

Timothy Cole (1852 - 1931) was one of the most successful and talented wood engravers of the late nineteenth century, and was one of the last great American wood engraving masters working in an increasingly rare and obsolete art form. His work was highly regarded for its meticulous detail, exactness, and range of subject matter, making Cole one of the most sought after wood engravers in the publishing industry at the time. His work exemplifies absolute fidelity to the form, texture, massing, and light apparent in the originals from which he worked, yet captures an insight, spirit, and meaning that would simply go unnoticed by a less talented and insightful engraver. Born in 1852 in London, Cole immigrated to the United States at the age of five. At sixteen years of age, he was apprenticed to Bond & Chandler, a Chicago, Illinois engraving firm. At the age of eighteen, Cole abandoned engraving, pursuing a career in music. However, following the Chicago Fire in 1871, Cole and his family found themselves possessionless and homeless, forcing Cole to return to engraving. He found employment in New York City as a technical engraver for periodicals, including Scientific American.

In 1874 Cole joined the staff of Scribner's Monthly, a predecessor to Century Magazine (The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine). In 1883, Cole was sent to Europe to engrave a set of blocks after old masters' work throughout Europe. This initial foray was immensely popular with readers and proved successful for Century. Cole would remain in Europe for the next 28 years expanding upon Century's collection of great European masters' work. He worked for Century for three decades; his technical and artistic virtuosity allowing him to produce work well into the twentieth century, long after the art of wood engraving suffered a death at the hands of the mechanical halftone process for production printing.

Cole was at once a craftsman and an artist who employed his keen eye and precise, yet interpretive, engraving style to achieve tone, texture, and light representative of the original, yet sympathetic in its handling and translation of the less apparent atmospheric and emotive intent of the original artist. Cole's work garnered him a medal of first class at the Paris Exhibition of 1900 and the only grand prize awarded for a wood engraving at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. Cole died in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1931. Copyright Period Paper 2012.

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