LAKE GEORGE. E. / HUBBARD SINTZENICH, A., R. W. / BIGOT, publisher, artist, lithographer.
A Superb View of Lake George
Lake George.
[New York, 1865]

LAKE GEORGE.

17 x 25 ¾ inches, Chromolithograph. Mended edge split, toning on back, else a fine, vibrant example.

An exquisite chromolithographed print of a painting by the important American artist, Richard William Hubbard (1816-1888).  The highly atmospheric view conjures the serenity of a lone fisherman at sunset on the calm waters of the lake, with mountains in background burnished the rays of the slanting sun.  Barnhill referring to it said, "the finest expression of this search for tranquility and exact transcription is the view of Lake George by Richard William Hubbard, printed by Thomas Sinclair for William Sintzenich of New York in 1865."  Hubbard's paintings are highly prized today bringing well into five figures at auction.

Chromolithography is masterfully used in the present work, allowing it to achieve its own look and patina that is distinct from the painting it was based on.  Chromolithography was the most refined color printing process of its day.  With the use of several printing stones, the process could produce a great variety of colors that could be, as vividly seen here, quite artfully blended.  The technique was used for fine art reproductions as well as various images, often of a patriotic nature, to be hung in homes of the United States' growing bourgeoise. 

Barnhill, G. in Adirondack Prints and Printmakers: The Call of the Wild, p. 48; Illustrated on the back cover of David Tatham, “Wild Impressions, The Adirondacks on Paper: Prints in the Collection of the Adirondack Museum,” 1995, and listed in the checklist as no. 323.

Price: $2,850.00