Item #51-2217 General Robert E. Lee. 36 miniature etchings. First edition. Signed. Bernhardt Wall.

General Robert E. Lee. 36 miniature etchings. First edition. Signed.

Sierra Madre, CA: Bernhardt Wall:, 1949. 4to, bound by Wall in plain red cloth with etched cover label. 7-1/8 x 7-1/2 inches.
36 miniature etchings with decorative borders, printed in colors on heavy wove paper, 3 of which are signed. MARKED "TRIAL COPY F/ONE" FROM AN EDITION OF 100 COPIES SIGNED BY WALL outside of the edition of 11 with canceled copper plates. "In addition to numerous historical scenes, Wall reproduced the general's elusive signature"--Weber, Following Bernhardt Wall 1872-1956, page 50.

Bernhardt Wall was born in Buffalo, New York on Dec. 30, 1872. He studied at the Buffalo Art Student’s League then moved on to study in New York under Henry Reuterdahl and also apprenticed under William Auerbach-Levy. Wall began a career as a lithographic illustrator in 1889 working primarily as a commercial artist in New York and Buffalo. He soon became known as the "Postcard King" and designed over 5,000 comic cards. The year1915 marked a defining point in Wall’s artistic career. Wall visited Colorado, Nevada and California making etchings of Indians, cowboys and major cities which were later published in a portfolio entitled, "Under Western Skies." These proved to be very successful and the artist shortly thereafter moved to California permanently. Wall continued to produce many fine etchings of the American West and by 1930 had also become a much respected historian of the region.

Bernhardt Wall was unique in that he not only drew the etchings for his books, but he also printed and bound them. His books are in libraries and universities around the world including the British Museum, Library of Congress, the libraries of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Brown Universities. His works were also in the private collections of J. P. Morgan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry C. Frick and Dr. N.C. Mathewson. Wall etched three sitting presidents of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, Warren Taft, and Henry Coolidge. Other prominent individuals etched by Wall include Sam Houston, Mark Twain, Thomas A. Edison, Abraham Lincoln, and Andrew Jackson.

Artist and historian, Bernhardt Wall (1872-1956) was a pioneer etcher and producer of fine press books who treated a vast array of subjects, including Texas and the Southwest. Historians of fine press printing have compared him to William Blake. This collection of Wall’s scrapbooks, publications, and correspondence was built by collector Natalie Williams of Marshall, Texas. Item #51-2217

Price: $1,100.00

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