Ultra Scarce, wonderful antique engraving, "The New Scholar" Featuring a young boy shyly meeting his teacher for the first time, his protective, yet also timid dog, sniffing the teacher, as if hesitant to give his approval . .. This original engraving is quite sought after, there is one in The Met Museum.
History of The American Art Union:
The American Art Union (AAU) is well known today for the thirty-six engravings it published based on the paintings of some of the most well known names in American art, . The association is especially important for the important role it played in stimulating American art and for spreading an awareness of this art throughout the nation. As American economy grew and on its Western frontier, artists and art dealers began to notice a decided lack of growth in the national arts. Influenced by German and English art societies, gallery owner James Herring founded the Apollo Art Association in 1839, the organization which would later develop into the American Art Union.
Raising funds by subscriptions, the Union purchased and then redistributed paintings and engravings, creating a structure that made high art accessible to the middle class. For a small membership fee, participants would receive an annual members' engraving as well as a chance at the lottery of paintings and prints purchased with AAU funds. Based in Manhattan, the American Art Union also kept an open gallery, which drew large numbers of visitors keen to see the paintings advertised. . The legacy of the American Art Union is truly great...
The New Scholar:
After Francis William Edmonds (American, Hudson, New York 1806–1863 Bronxville, New York)
Engraved by Alfred Jones (American, Liverpool, England 1819–1900 New York)
Published by American Art Union (New York, NY)
image: 7 3/8 x 9 5/16 in.
In frame: 16" across x 15" high.
There is some foxing lower left, as well as a small crease in the paper also lower left.
A historically interesting, as well as utterly charming artwork!
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