In the northern hemisphere, summertime has finally arrived and our thoughts have turned to antique prints of favorite summer pastimes.
Dezailler's striking eighteenth century engravings remind us of relaxing days spent strolling sandy beaches in search of shells.
The freedom and sense of wonder that accompanies wandering through fields of wildflowers are perfectly captured by Jane Webb Loudon’s carefully painted lithographs,
Wood engravings after Winslow Homer evoke powerful memories of summertime activities of the past – clambakes, fishing, snap-the-whip - that we continue to enjoy today.
Those who love birdwatching will be inspired by our many antique ornithological prints. Alexander Wilson’s have a wonderful fork art presentation. Others are more precise in their depiction and poses.
Frederic Cozzens’ iconic images of American yachting perfectly capture the warmth of the sun and the spray of the sea.
We love George Goursat’s (aka SEM) satirical depictions of the French upper class as they play tennis and croquet and frolic on the beach.
Hollie Powers Holt
A fabulous image from Dezallier's book on shells
From Jane W. Loudon's highly regarded book on wildflowers
Homer's artistic style and subject matter translated into fine engravings
Wilson's work was the first American ornithology
Cozzen's American Yachts is the best 19th century work on the subject
Au Tennis by SEM
A rare musical subject from SEM's book of caricatures