Sunday, August 31, 2014


Man in a Long Coat and Turban with a Sword

, Italian, first half of the 18th century

Date: 18th century
Medium: Pen and brown ink over black chalk on cream laid paper. Rubbed with black chalk or charcoal dust for transfer. Outlines stylus-incised for transfer
Dimensions: 7-11/16 x 4-1/2 in. (19.5 x 11.4 cm)


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jakob Matthias Schmutzer

Head of Bearded Old Man

(Austrian, Vienna 1733–1811 Vienna)

Date: 1804
Medium: Brown chalk
Dimensions: sheet: 23 3/16 x 17 1/8 in. (58.9 x 43.5 cm)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Saul Tepper

 Artists use the "thumbnail sketch"  to explore multiple ideas quickly. 
 For scale, those holes are staple holes.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Portrait of Honoré Daumier

Portrait of Honoré Daumier

Étienne Carjat
(French, Fareins 1828–1906 Paris)

Sitter: Honoré Daumier (French, Marseilles 1808–1879 Valmondois)
Date: 1861
Medium: Graphite
Dimensions: 12 1/8 x 7 5/8 in. (30.8 x 19.4 cm)
Classification: Drawings


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ubaldo Gandolfi

Decapitation of Saint James the Greater

Attributed to Ubaldo Gandolfi
(Italian, San Matteo della Decima 1728–1781 Ravenna)

Date: 1728–81
Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over slight traces of black chalk
Dimensions: 11-9/16 x 7-1/8 in. (29.3 x 18.1 cm)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Willem van de Velde II


Dutch Ships in a Bay

Willem van de Velde II
(Dutch, Leiden 1633–1707 London)

Date: mid-17th–early 18th century
Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash, over black chalk
Dimensions: sheet: 3 7/8 x 8 5/8 in. (9.8 x 21.9 cm)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Greuze, Jean-Baptiste, 1725-1805.

*Biographical Data: Tournus 1725-1805 Paris
*Title: Head of a Young Man [drawing].
*Published/Created: 18th century
Medium/Support: Red chalk on paper.
Dimensions: 15 x 12 3/16 inches (382 x 310 mm)
Credit: Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Genres: Drawings --French --18th century.
Notes: Greuze made more than one version of this study which, while related to his painting of 1777, "The Return of the Prodigal Son", now in the collection of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, is not really preparatory for it, but rather a "tête d’expression", a study intended to represent a particular emotional condition.
Inscriptions/Markings: Inscribed in pencil at lower right, "Greuze".
Provenance: Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
Associated Names: Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.

Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Percy Leo Crosby


Percy Leo Crosby Skippy Comic Strip Original Illustration Cartoon Newspaper Pen and Ink Drawing from the Prestigious Charles L. Howard Collection.

Original “Skippy” (Skippy Skinner) comic strip illustration with “Skippy” lower left with a gang of friends keeping pace with an angry man.
Penciled caption below: Portrait of Suburbanite, who always says his house is ten minutes walk from the Station, trying to ease his conscience.
Signed lower right, P. L. Crosby +/A. C. with Arthur Crawford stamp with NYC address lower left corner.
Skippy was an American comic strip written and drawn by Percy Crosby that was published from 1923 to 1945. A highly popular, acclaimed and influential feature about rambunctious fifth-grader Skippy Skinner, his friends and his enemies.
Percy Leo Crosby (1891 – 1964) was an American author, illustrator and cartoonist best known for his popular comic strip Skippy.
A Brooklyn artist, life Magazine illustrator attended Art Student League Art, Pratt Institute and exhibited in London, New York, Paris and Rome and in permanent collections of several museums.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Heath Robinson

Heath Robinson

Testing Artificial Teeth in a Modern Tooth Works, 1928.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cornelius Varley


Cornelius Varley
(British, London 1781–1873 London)

Date: 1800–1873
Medium: Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash over graphite
Dimensions: 10 1/8 x 14 5/16 in. (25.7 x 36.4 cm)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Harry Rountree

'Tween Devil & Deep Sea'
Plate I of The Art of the Illustrator
Percy V. Bradshaw, 1914

Harry Rountree (1878-1950)

'Tween Devil & Deep Sea'
Plate II of The Art of the Illustrator
Percy V. Bradshaw, 1914

'Tween Devil & Deep Sea'
Plate III of The Art of the Illustrator
Percy V. Bradshaw, 1914

'Tween Devil & Deep Sea'
Plate IV of The Art of the Illustrator
Percy V. Bradshaw, 1914

'Tween Devil & Deep Sea'
Plate V of The Art of the Illustrator
Percy V. Bradshaw, 1914