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The New York Etching Club Minutes 1877-1893  (2009)
Book (paperback), 8 x 10 in.  



Plate: Text & images
Editions: Paperback
Artist Proofs: Not available

The last half of the nineteenth century was a time of tremendous artistic ferment in New York. By the end of the century, the city had emerged as one of the great arts centers in the world. Artists of the time were constantly forming collaborative organizations to help them promote their work and to learn how to use the endless new technologies that were emerging at the time. One of the foremost groups of the 1880s was the New York Etching Club, which included among its members some of the foremost painters of the day. Meeting monthly, the group explored the newfound art of etching, producing over a span of some twenty years an impressive array of etchings, and helping develop and define the art of artist printmaking. In The New York Etching Club Minutes, New York artist printmaker Stephen A. Fredericks has reproduced the club's minutes, augmenting them with reproductions of the club members' etchings and abundant annotations—the result of his ten years of research into the New York Etching Club. The result, in the words of New York Public Library Curator of Prints Emerita Roberta Waddell, is "an enlightening study of a largely unsung chapter in nineteenth-century American art history."


"Stephen A. Fredericks, in his transcription of The New York Etching Club Minutes, brings to life the little-documented revival of etching that flourished in the United States during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. He gives the intriguing but often cryptic entries context and significance in substantive annotations that reflect his familiarity with art reviews, articles, and publications of the period. In his excellent introduction and in his annual summaries of The New York Etching Club's activities from 1877 through 1893, he explores concerns that continue in various guises to engage artists today, among them the issue of the 'original' versus the 'reproductive' print and the role of the commercial print publisher. Fredericks reproduces a number of actual New York Etching Club documents and portraits of members, along with examples of their prints, in this enlightening study of a largely unsung chapter in nineteenth-century American art history."
 — Roberta Waddell, Curator of Prints Emerita, The New York Public Library.

"Fredericks and Rice University Press are to be commended for their foresight in laying the groundwork for future scholarship."
 — Gillian Greenhill Hannum, The Print Club of New York