CATALOGUE RAISONNE Master WOODCUT Artist TIMOTHY COLE

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 28, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House
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The well known print dealer William Holman first met woodcut artist Timothy Cole while managing the print department at Goodspeed's Book Shop in Boston. He later opened his own shop, Holman's Print Shop, in the same city. He continued to represent Cole throughout his life, mounting a Memorial Exhibition for Cole when he died in 1931. Cole was considered the preeminent American wood engraver of the previous 50-100 years when he died. When Holman died he possessed perhaps the largest private collection of Cole's prints in existence. We've acquired a large portion of that archive and will be offering choice examples from time to time. We are offering a MINT copy of a catalog raisonne/checklist of Cole's woodcut work published in 1931 by Holman. 28 pages, 532 woodblock works, expanding upon the Smith checklist. soft cover, small 8vo size. Unillustrated, but full of titles, dates, dimensions, paper information etc. Softcover. We have thousands of happy customers all around the world! Thank you for your WONDERFUL Feedback.

About this well listed artist: Timothy Cole was born in London, England, in 1852, his family emigrating to the United States in 1858. He established himself in Chicago, w in the great fire of 1871 he lost everything he possessed. In 1875 he removed to New York, finding work on the Century (then Scribner’s) magazine. 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, Flemish and English pictures were published in book form with appreciative notes by the engraver himself. 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. He was a pioneer and consummate craftsman in the white line technique of wood engraving.

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