Eric Sloane, Rabbits and Horses

Rabbit, Rabbit!
Happy 1st Day of the Month.

Eric Sloane, N.A.
Original Pen and Ink Illustration

I love this charmer! It also happens to include my spirit animal, the rabbit. I have come across very, very few illustrations or paintings by Eric in which he painted a rabbit. Horses, yes – though Sloane admitted he had “…such difficulty with drawing horses’ legs that I usually compromised by having my animals standing in high grass”. {From Sloane’s Recollections in Black and White}. In “Winter”, those hooves appear to be obfuscated by snow. But that rabbit sure stands out!

Houses Were Built Weatherwise – Eric Sloane illustration

Leave it to Eric Sloane to create illustrations that convey so much information. His ability to do so did not go unnoticed early in his career. Several authors of pre-War II aviation books and articles tapped Eric as an illustrator, and the Army Air Corps published more than one training manual for pilots that made use of his illustrations.
Photo used by permission, from Wil Mauch’s Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane.

Eric Sloane Pen and Ink: Geese in Flight

Just in to the gallery – this original pen and ink by Eric Sloane, N.A. A charming view of a flock of geese over a marshland. Over the course of his artistic career, Eric Sloane included ducks or geese in a wide variety of his works, probably a result of time spent on Long Island, N.Y. as a younger man. Approximately 12″ tall x 10″ wide. Signed Eric Sloane, N.A. at center right. On heavy artist board. Unframed as received in the gallery.

Geese in Flight by Eric Sloane, N.A.

Pennsylvania Bank Barn by Eric Sloane, N.A.

Just in to the gallery – this iconic, original pen and ink view of a Pennsylvania bank barn with a stone spring house in the foreground by Eric Sloane, N.A. Well-sized at approximately 12″ tall x 10″ wide.
Signed Eric Sloane, N.A. at center. On heavy artist board. Unframed as received in the gallery – we have decided to let the new owner make their own decisions regarding framing options. Please contact the gallery for pricing.

Eric Sloane Illustration of Smoke Houses from An Age of Barns


    Just in to the gallery – “Smoke Houses” by Eric Sloane, N.A..  This charmer is from Eric’s 1966 book “An Age of Barns”.  The book was a first for Eric Sloane in many ways, but the two most significant were that it was his first “coffee table” sized book, and it was arguably his first real tour de force in large, fully rendered pen and ink illustration.  As evident here, Eric could turn a seemingly mundane aspect of early American vernacular architecture (anything from outhouses to smoke houses!) into a fascinating, entertaining, educational, and charming drawing.  Interestingly, Eric almost always created illustrations to size, meaning that he had a good idea of how much space on a page he would have on a finished, published book, and worked his drawings to that size.  One of the aspects of illustrations I love from An Age of Barns is that they are all large, much larger than the finished space they occupy in the published book.  Whether Eric was ensuring that the published drawings retained a higher level of detail – or if the original idea was to print An Ag of Barns in a larger size (or both) – his pen and ink illustrations created for the book are magnificent.  Note also the incorporation of a lined and signed mat.

Eric Sloane : Pen and Ink Illustrations of the Four Seasons

Here is the last of the four seasons depicted by Eric Sloane, N.A. in a series of pen and ink illustrations new to the gallery – Autumn. Those who know Eric’s works well will recognize this as a familiar scene for the artist in both illustrations and in oils. The old wheelbarrow parked under the apple tree, gathering the last of the apples the tree has to offer. Usually, as in this illustration, there are apples to be seen on the ground about the wheelbarrow, suggesting, perhaps, that the wheelbarrow was more or less parked under the tree to catch the last of the falling apples.

Eric Sloane – Summer pen and ink illustration

Eric Sloane – Summer

Here is the third of the four original pen and ink illustrations in the series of seasons by Eric Sloane, N.A., all recent arrivals at The Gallery@Weather Hill.
You may have noticed that this pen and ink, along with the earlier ones posted of “Winter” and “Spring”, show a rounded border. This is because Eric created these for a set of plates to be struck by the original Medallic Art Company. It does not appear that these plates were made in great quantity – if at all. We have the plate for “Autumn”, “Spring”, and “Winter”, but there are no markings on the verso of any of the plates. The family from which these plates came were the original founders of Medallic, and believed that the lack of the company name, logo and production numbers on the verso signifies that these plates were never produced. Followers of “things Sloane” may recognize an uncanny resemblance to “The Four Seasons” plates struck later in pewter by the International Silver Company of Meriden, CT.