(PYLE, HOWARD)illus.


PYLE,HOWARD. ETCHING: ISAAC WALTON. This is a large and wonderful etching by W.H.W. Bicknell after an original by Pyle. The Bibliophile Society had commissioned Pyle to create a series of paintings of famous authors and bibliophiles for a four volume set of books by Thomas Frognall Dibden titled "Bibliomania or Book Madness." The work was so successful that it was decided to have Bicknell create etchings of them. The five painting / etching subjects are Roger Bacon, Erasmus, Isaac Walton, Richard de Bury, and Caxton. Printed by the Bibliophile Society in Boston, LIMITED TO 302 COPIES SIGNED BY PYLE AND BICKNELL. In this etching, Isaac Walton is seated on the ground and leaning against a tree and reading a book. The image measures 10 1/2 x 18 (17 1/2 x 24 1/2 with borders), faint soil in margins else near Fine condition. Pitz notes that "the Albrecht Durer influence, so apparent in the drawings from Otto of the Silver Hand, crept back into this later Bibliophile series." (Howard Pyle p.187-188). Executed with beautiful detail. (See Morse & Brinckle p.201.

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