antique prints, maps and watercolors

"Skating in Central Park." New York: Harper's Weekly, 1877. $125.00

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"Skating in Central Park"

In the nineteenth century, before photography became commonplace, newspapers, guidebooks, and periodicals were illustrated with original wood engravings. Many of the best artists of the day earned their bread and butter in this manner. A.B. Frost, Thomas Nast, Winslow Homer, and Frederic Remington are just a few of the names of famous artists whose work appeared in Harper’s Weekly. They produced beautiful images that are technically superb original nineteenth century prints, invaluable for the historical information they provide. The prints provide glimpses into the daily life of the period and a great deal of information concerning the architectural detail of specific locations and individual buildings.

This original antique print is based upon drawings by Schull and Hogan. It shows men and women skating in the park bundled up against the cold in their Victorian finery with fur trimmed coats, lace cuffs, and fur muffs.  

15 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches, sheet.
A few spots of foxing.