1910 Engraving of UNC

1910 Engraving of UNC

A wonderful engraving of the University of North Carolina. This piece was made by Richard Rummell (1848-1924). He was a well known artist and was commissioned to do some water color paintings of some of the most prestigious schools and colleges in American. Painted from a “bird’s eye view” it has often been speculated that he used a hot air balloon.

Furthermore, he would consult with the administration of each school and include future plans in his paintings. (Some of these “future” plans never happened!) From these water colors, copper plates were engaged and prints like this one were sold. There were a limited number originally printed.  Today, his prints are highly sought after by alumni and rarely come on the market. This particular piece is 3’ 6 ¾” wide and 31” tall. The interior area measures 29 ¼” wide and 17” tall. The frame is solid wood and the hand coloring really helps make the piece. Overall the piece looks amazing. In 1940, Paul Victorius purchased the plates and re-struck them producing pieces like one sees here. This process was stopped around 1960 but was picked back up by John Warderman who struck prints up until 1981. This piece probably comes from the Warderman run. Each image is hand colored.

Photography note:

Due to the size, this piece was extremely difficult to photograph. Rest assured, it is in outstanding condition and is beautiful. The most accurate picture for color is the closeup of the center part of the image. The paper does not have a yellow tone to it.

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