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Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs and Hand colored Engravings.

This great piece came back to me recently after a prominent doctor in Massachusetts retired.  He was a collector of all kinds of art, including antique lithographs and hand colored engravings. This went on for aggressively for his 50 years in practice. This is a giant antique whale lithograph framed with archival materials in weathered wood. Published in Austria by color lithography, c. 1900.

46″ wide x 39″ high. $2200. Local delivery or pick up.

Assorted Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs and Hand Colored Whaling Engravings.

A varied collection of old whale prints that is relevant to whales and pertains to whaling history. All of the images are genuine antique 18th and 19th Century Bookplates.  Assorted Whaling Scenes and Depiction of Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs and Engravings.

Why do these historic depictions of Whales prior to 1900 exist?

Mankind was in pursuit of whale oil in order for London to keeps it’s streets lit.  That ended when people started drilling for oil and developed kerosene.  Fortunately, whales and whaling history received a lot of attention in the seventeen, eighteen and nineteen hundreds. Naturalists brought to life with their depictions in the form of book illustrations which were sold by subscription and issued in parts periodically as the work could be printed. These during the 17th, 18th and 19th Century depictions were produced when whaling was critical to world commerce & drawn at the time at the time of the event.

Large Austrian Whale Poster c.1900,  Unframed.

A very large whale poster chromolithograph was published in Vienna, Austria circa 1900. It is huge, in bright stunning colors and is in great condition.  Call 413-245-4197.  35 x 26″ image size. 39 wide x 28″ high, paper size.

Whale Poster Chromolithograph from c.1900. Austrian. Huge. Stunning colors and condition.
Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs! Whale Poster Chromolithograph from c.1900. Huge. Stunning colors and condition.   39 wide x 28″ high, paper size.  35 x 26″ image size.              Click here to buy now.

Edouard Travies Whales. Framed Hand Colored Lithographs of Whaling from 1809-1865.

Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs.  These antique whale prints are hand colored lithographs, published by Furne for Edouard Travies in Paris in 1854.  Each piece was printed in black onto white paper from a limestone plate and finally finished in water colors by hand, with accents of Gum Arabic. All the artwork was that of Travies, 1809-1865. He is considered to be one of the best French artists of that time.

Two whales in black & gold:

Three whales framed in satin finish burl wood:

Whales by Gottlieb Wilhelm. Austrian Naturalist & Artist. Engravings from 1810-1821.

Antique whale prints by Gottlieb Wilhelm, 1810-1821. Tiny Austrian hand colored copper plate engravings from 1810-1821.   And believe it or not-one of the hardest things to come by in producing something like this would have been acquiring the rags to make the paper on which they were printed.

It was a time of curiosity for finding new and undiscovered species.

It was almost a frenzy of curiosity to say the least.  Supply & demand drove subscriptions for well to do to receive in parts as the parts could be published. The immense series was encyclopedic in nature and published over 11 years.  The water coloring was added at the time of production by a professional staff of water colorists.

Each piece measures just 4 1/4 x 6 3/4″ as priced call 413-245-4197 to place your order.

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Lizars & Jardine Whales & Whaling Scenes: Original Antique Hand Colored Steel Plate Engravings.

Each antique engraving measures 4 x 6 3/4″. The color is bright and the paper is in unusually good condition, with almost no toning of the paper. Lizar’s was the famous Scotch engraving company that engraved the first 10 Elephant Folio prints for John James Audubon’s Birds of America and therefore acquired instant fame due to their accomplishments in the engraving trade.

William Lizar Antique Whale Prints are Small Charming Steel Plate Engravings

William Lizar Antique Whale Prints are Small Charming Steel Plate Engravings.  The water coloring illumination was applied by hand when they were produced in 1852. A steel plate was the hardest surface that could used in antique printing method.  A painstakingly amount of time and precision was needed when creating a steel plate engraving.  William Lizar’s firm located in Edinburgh, Scotland was proficient and in high demand for creating life like encyclopedic images of all of the natural history known at the time.

Whales: Hand Colored Lithographs of Whales Published in 1835:

Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs.   Hand Colored Whale Lithographs Published in Bruxelles, Belgium in 1835. These old whale prints were printed from limestone plates, known as lithographs, and hand colored at the time of production. These old whale lithographs measure 6×9″, a few I have double matted in rag to 9×12″. Here we have Balene whales, Humpback whales, Orca whales, Beluga whales and Narwhals!

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Antique American Whale Lithographs: Archivally Framed in Burl Wood-

Antique whale chromolithographs (Chromo meaning color.  Lithography meaning applies from a limestone plate) which were published in New York in 1880. Each and every color in these old whale prints was applied with an individual key stoned, limestone plate. Framed in rag. UV glass. Each piece measures 11×14″  Lead Time 2-3 weeks.  Sold as a set of three for $600.  Would you like a similar set?  Click here to contact us.

Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs and Hand Colored Whaling Engravings!

Great genuine paper antiques… from Anne Hall Antique Prints. Thank you for browsing our gallery of Whales: historic antique lithographs and engravings. We sell only authentic old engravings and lithographs, produced in various countries, from the early 1600’s to 1900.  Antique prints of whaling are historically significant to whaling history. These antiques of whales and whaling documented world whaling history which was driven by the desire for street lights.  You have seen many period depictions and scenes of the whaling industry from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which are historically important today.

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I am a naturalist by trade & by passion. I am a 2nd generation dealer of fine antique prints and I enjoy providing my clientele personalized service.

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