Venetian Glassblowers (After John Singer Sargent) by John William Evans

Venetian Glassblowers (After John Singer Sargent) by John William Evans

Venetian Glassblowers (After John Singer Sargent)

John William Evans

Title

Venetian Glassblowers (After John Singer Sargent)

 
Artist

John William Evans

  1855 - PRESENT
Year
c. 1900  
Technique
woodengraving 
Image Size
5 7/8 x 8 7/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right margin; Sargent's signature in block, lower left image 
Edition Size
proof, edition not stated 
Annotations
signature engraved in image, lower right; Sargent's signature, lower left (by Evans) 
Reference
 
Paper
very delicate antique-white Japanese laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
16861 
Price
$300.00 
Description

American woodengraver John William Evans (1855-1943) did this woodengraving of a painting by painter John Singer Sargent (1860-1925). The painting, done in 1880/82 is in the Art Institute of Chicago.

In the 19th century, before photography came into its own reproductions of paintings for publications were done in other graphic media, including woodengraving. Done on the endgrain of a block the artists were able to capture the shapes and subtleties of oil on canvas. The blocks had to be carved in reverse, using special optical and engraving tools.

Evans won a silver medal for his woodengravings in 1915 at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition where his colleague Henry Wolf was awarded the Grand Prize. He exhibited an impression of "Making Glass Beads" after Sargent there, and may be an alternative title for this image.