Richard Parr (1707-1754) after Michele Marieschi (1710-1743), A View on the Grand Canal of Venice, Hand-colored engraving, c. 1750, Gift of Barnett Shepherd

This is a Print

On display in the museum's library through January 2020

The Noble Maritime Collection will present This is a Print, an exhibition of antique and contemporary art.  It will open with a free reception in the museum’s library on Sunday, March 31 from 2 until 5 PM.                                                            

Inspired by John A. Noble’s preference for printmaking, this exhibition includes pieces from the newly acquired collection of historian Barnett Shepherd.

This is a Print surveys the history of prints and the differences amongst various mediums, including etchings, engravings, lithographs, mezzotints, and photogravures.

Shepherd has been collecting lithographs, etchings, aquatints, monoprints, wood and linoleum block prints, and engravings for over 50 years.  His collection includes works dating from the sixteenth through the twentieth century.

“My collecting has been eclectic,” Shepherd commented. “I bought what I liked, and I have enjoyed living with these remarkable prints.  I am pleased to see them find a wider audience and to know they will be cared for.”

This is a Print incorporates more than a dozen pieces from the Shepherd Collection including an etching by Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), the German printmaker who recorded her experiences in World War II, a serigraph by surrealist Salvador Dalí (1904-89), and an 18th century mezzotint by Edward Fisher (1722-1781) after Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792).

The exhibition will also present several pieces from the museum’s collection, including a lithograph and lithography stone by John A. Noble (1913-1983), a drypoint etching and plate by noted local artist F.A. Busing (1881-1962), and a letterpress portrait and plate of Noble’s mother Gloria by Marion Jochimsen (1894-1996).

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.