Timothy Cole, 1928. Fine. Item #16443
A beautiful 1928 Woodcut engraving of a beardless Abraham Lincoln by master craftsman Timothy Cole, signed in pencil underneath the image.
The image is after Roderick Cole's c.1858 ambrotype of Lincoln taken during the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates.
This image is in Fine condition and printed on very thin, early tissue-like paper, backed with a thick card stock. The sheet measures 14.5" X 19" while the image measures 8.5" X 10.5" and is perfect for framing and display.
"Timothy Cole was born in 1852 in London, England, his family emigrated to the United States in 1858.
"He established himself in Chicago, where in the great fire of 1871 he lost everything he possessed. In 1875, he moved to New York City, finding work on the Century (then Scribner's) magazine. Cole was associated with the magazine for 40 years as a pioneer craftsman of wood engraving.
"He immediately attracted attention by his unusual facility and his sympathetic interpretation of illustrations and pictures, and his publishers sent him abroad in 1883 to engrave a set of blocks after the old masters in the European galleries. These achieved for him a brilliant success. His reproductions of Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Flemish and English pictures were published in book form with appreciative notes by the engraver himself. He published his engravings in several books: Old Italian Masters (1892), Old Dutch and Flemish Masters (1895), Old English Masters (1902), and Old Spanish Masters (1907).
"Though the advent of new mechanical processes had rendered wood engraving almost a lost art and left practically no demand for the work of such craftsmen, Mr Cole was thus enabled to continue his work, and became one of the foremost contemporary masters of wood engraving. He received a medal of the first class at the Paris Exhibition of 1900, and the only grand prize given for wood engraving at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St Louis, Missouri, in 1904. In 1906 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician, and became a full Academician in 1908." - wiki
A fine addition to any modern-day Lincoln collection!