J. S. Hill

Family of Quail (and) Woodcock and Young.

Multi-stone lithograph. Printed in color and finished by hand. undated, c.1875.
Image size 18 x 24 1/8" (45.9 x 61.4 cm).
Both are in very good condition. Woodcock & Young has a short tear in the upper margin. Beautiful hand coloring.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 99604
Price: $4,500.00
Publisher : No publisher's name given but likely by Heppenheimer & Maurer.
“Two of the best hand colored lithographs produced in America” - Harry T. Peters. This print is one of a pair of lithographs after paintings by A. F. Tait. (The other print being of Woodcock and young.)

Louis Maurer (1832-1932) was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1851. He quickly found employment in several print shops in New York City. He worked as a lithographer for T. W. Strong until 1852 when he was hired away by the firm of Currier & Ives. Maurer excelled at images of horses and sporting subjects and during the eight years he was employed by Currier & Ives, he produced over one hundred prints on these subjects, including such icons as the "Life of the Fireman" series and "Preparing for Market." After a brief time working for the firm of Major & Knapp, Maurer went into partnership with Frederick Heppenheimer. This firm specialized in color printed lithography or chromolithography. The partnership existed from 1874 to 1885 and primarily produced cigar-box labels and illustrated advertisements. It also produced a handful of folio-sized chromolithographs that were then sold to and distributed by Currier & Ives. The firm was renowned for its attention to quality and detail.These prints never come with a title. They were printed on paper, hand colored and trimmed down to the image. This pair each has a margin of 3/4" plus. Each shows color run off in the margins as the artist did not have to be overly careful to stay within the lines. Very unusual.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Natural History - Birds