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RARE 1-of-a-Kind Woodblock Etching of Siamese Cats
UNIQUE ONE OF A KIND
SIAMESE CATS WOODBLOCK ETCHING
FAMED ARTIST THE LATE ERNEST HART
This is such a cool item. When I bought it, I thought it was an interesting etching of a pair of Siamese cats. I collect dogs, not cats, but the artist on this piece is the late Ernest H. Hart, who is widely known for his excellent work depicting dogs. I've always been a huge fan so I couldn't pass this up.
It turns out that this is actually a woodblock that is used to produce a print. This method originated in China and Japan and made its way to Europe in 1380. First a sketch is made and this is then carved onto a piece of finely grained wood. The areas that are high will be the ones that are printed.
Ink is applied to the wood and rolled out. A slightly dampened piece of paper is then applied to the wood plate that you see here. A press or smooth tool is used to press the paper onto the ink. When the paper is removed, bingo, you have a print.
So, if you like, you could purchase this item and make a series of limited edition prints to sell on ! Or, attach a hanger and have a wonderful Siamese etching and a terrific conversation piece!
I have only seen one other similar woodblock and it, too, was done by Ernest Hart. It used the same technique and was etched in the same manner on the same background wood. Obviously, they were part of a series that Hart either used, or intended to use, for prints. The other woodblock featured a headstudy of a Cocker Spaniel. Like this piece, it was signed on the front as "E.H. Hart". However, it was also hand signed on the rear and dated 1958. It seems logical to assume that the two pieces were done at the same time. (NOTE: The asking price for the Cocker was $2,534!!!)
Taped to the back of the Siamese cat piece is a biography of the artist and there's an inscription to a couple dated "Christmas 1972." Perhaps the original owners picked this up in the 1950s and passed it along as a present in 1972.
This piece is 12 inches tall and just shy of 10 inches wide. It is NOT in perfect shape. There are a few small scratches on the plate of the block. As you can see there are a number of scuffs on the outside of what would be the frame. It's a little dusty, too.
Okay, this piece was done by Ernest Huntley Hart (1910–1985). Hart studied at the Art Students League of New York and soon demonstrated a talent for portraying animals. He painted everything from elephants to insects.
Hart illustrated stories and articles in many magazines. He is best known for his work illustrating books. The first book I've found that he illustrated was Dog Training Made Easy, published in 1940. In 1956, he illustrated This is the Newfoundland,and in the late 1950s he began illustrating a number of the books written by Dr. Leon Whitney. Whitney would soon sign on with T.F.H. books, in New Jersey, and Hart went along with him. He did dozens of books for TFH, including breed books, training and hunting books, care and veterinary books. In addition, he personally authored AND illustrated over a dozen books for T.F.H.These include The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds andThe Budgerigar Handbook.
Hart was a judge at dog and bird shows. He bred German Shepherds and judged many of the working and, later, herding breeds.
Ernest H. Hart traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and South America, always with sketchbook in hand seeking information on animals. He was particularly fond of Spain.
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