Please view this extremely rare and important engraving of American History by Engraver, Paul Girardet (French, 1821-1893)...
"Washington's crossing of the Delaware River," which occurred on December 25, 1776, during the America Revolutionary War was the first move in a surprise attack organized by George Washington against the Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey. Planned in partial secrecy, Washington led a column of Continental Army troops across the icy Delaware River in a logistically challenging and dangerous operation. Other planned crossings in support of the operation were either called off or ineffective, but this did not prevent Washington from successfully
surprising and defeating the troops of Johan Rall quartered in Trenton. The army crossed the river back to Pennsylvania, this time burdened by prisoners and military stores taken as a result of the battle.
Washington's army then crossed the river a third time at the end of the year, under conditions made more difficult by the uncertain thickness of the ice on the river. They defeated British reinforcements under Lord Cornwallis on January 2, 1777, and defeated his rear guard at Princeton before retreating to winter quarters in Morristown, New Jersey.
Washington's Crossing of the Delaware River Mezzotint and Line Engraving on India Paper
Charles Louis Auguste Foucquet de Belle-isle 18th Century Engraving
Rest on the Return Flight from Egypt 16th Century Rome Engraving
John James Audubon
John James Audubon (Jean-Jacques Audubon)(April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) was a French-America Ornithologist naturalist and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled, "The Birds of North America" (1827-1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species and 12 new sub-species.
Audubon's influence on ornithology and natural history was far reaching. Nearly all later ornithological works were inspired by his artistry and high
standards. Charles Darwin quoted Audubon three times in "On the Origin Species" and also in later works. Despite some errors in field observations, he made a significant contribution to the understanding of bird anatomy and behavior through his field notes.
He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Linnaean Society and the Royal Society in recognition of his contributions.
The homestead Mill Grove in Audubon, PA is open to the public and contains a museum presenting all his major works, including Birds of America.
The Audubon Museum at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, Kentucky houses many of Audubon's original watercolors, oils, engravings and personal memorabilia.
In 1905, the National Audubon Society was incorporated and named in his honor. Its mission "is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds..."
He was honored by the United States Postal Service with a 22¢ "Great Americans Series Postage Stamp."
On December 6 2010, a copy of Birds of America was sold at a Sotheby's auction for $11.5 million, a record price for a single printed book.
Rembrandt Van Rijn, Apres/Portrait of son, Titus Original Oil on Canvas
Rembrandt Van Rijn, Apres/Portrait of an Official Original Oil on Canvas
Portrait of A Boy Original Oil on Canvas
20th Century Oils & Pastels
Early to mid 20th Century paintings. Highlighted work is an early California collectible of San Francisco Bay...
San Francisco Bay/Artist, Harry Emerson Lewis Original Oil on Canvas
Untitled Original Oil on Canvas
Rembrandt Van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmeszoon Van Rijn(July 15, 1606 – October 4, 1669) was a Dutch Painter and He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch History. His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age.
Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, his later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high, and for twenty years he taught many important Dutch painters. Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his
portraits of his contemporaries, self portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible. His self-portraits form a unique and intimate biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity.
In his paintings and prints he exhibited knowledge of classical iconography, which he molded to fit the requirements of his own experience; thus, the depiction of a biblical scene was informed by Rembrandt's knowledge of the specific text, his assimilation of classical composition, and his observations of Amsterdam's Jewish Population. Because of his empathy for the human condition, he has been called "one of the great prophets of civilization."
Self Portrait in a Velvet Cap w/ Plume Etching on Laid Paper