Offered is a rare pair of original, antique, chronograph prints by Alexander Pope Jr. in matching, original frames. The prints are in excellent shape with no real problems or issues other than normal aging. The cardboard mats have browned probably due to the paper used, but FORTUNATELY the browning does not appear in either print. Neither print was examined outside of their frame and each measures 22"x 28" with a visual area of 13" x 19.5". Both are signed and the glass is original.
The frames are good with about a 1/8 inch chip off the upper right hand corner of one, and of little consequence. I was able to identify one as "Pineated Grouse" from "Upland Game Birds and Water Fowl of the United States," a rare American series of prints with wonderful landscape backgrounds reminiscent of the Hudson River Portfolio. The other print is probably from the same collection as they appear to be framed in matching frames at the same time. Alexander Pope Jr. was a renowned American sporting artist who specialized in animal and still life paintings. Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1849, he briefly studied sculpture with the prominent artist William Copley and essentially taught himself to paint. Although primarily lauded as a painter, he continued producing sculptures well into the 1880s and later became a member of the famed art association the Copley Society of Boston. In 1878 and 1882, he published two important portfolios of chromolithographs after his watercolors: Upland Game Birds and Water Fowl of the United States, from which this plate comes, and Celebrated Dogs of America respectively. In addition to his more conventional animal paintings, Pope was also known for his still-life compositions of dead animals hanging in the interior of wooden crates, which innovatively combined his avid interest in hunting and fishing with the trompe l'oeil style of painting. His works and those of the influential trompe l'oeil painter William Harnett (1848-1892) helped popularize the genre of still life in late nineteenth-century America.
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