Treenware! Culinary utensils made from wood! Original pen and ink illustration by Eric Sloane, N.A. we sold some years past. Learn more about this most fascinating of American artists at www.friendsoftheericsloanemuseum.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The last post was “Winter” by Eric Sloane, N.A., appropriate for the weather of that day. Today, we’re noticing the tulips and daffodils are tentatively pushing their way out of the soil. Temperatures here are expected to exceed 50 degrees today, so we thought we would post “Spring” this morning. We were fortunate to be able to purchase a small collection of pen and inks by the artist – we’ll try to post some this week. Enjoy the snow!
Winter is still with us at Weather Hill! Woke up to a little more than 6” of new snow. To celebrate, here is a very charming pen and ink illustration by Eric Sloane, N.A., new to the gallery. We were fortunate to be able to purchase a small collection of pen and inks by the artist – we’ll try to post some this week. Enjoy the snow!
One of Eric Sloane’s illustrations for Your Body In Flight (T.O. # 00-25-13), prepared by the Aero Medical Laboratory of Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio), published by the Air Service Command, Patterson Field, Fairfield, Ohio for the United States Army Air Forces, July 20, 1943. Eric Sloane’s contribution to the training of pilots both informally just prior to the onset of WWII and formally as in this Army Air Forces manual, is often ignored. Eric Sloane contributed to two publications prior to the war that were used by civilian pilots as well as military recruits: Your Wings, by Assen Jordanoff (Funk and Wagnalls, May 1940) and Let’s Fly: An ABC of Flying by Earnest Vetter ( William Morrow and Company, 1940). Sloane also authored and illustrated his own Clouds, Air and Wind (The Devan-Adair Company, 1941). During the war, Eric Sloane wrote and illustrated Camouflage Simplified (The Devan-Adair Company, 1942), Gremlin Americanus, A Scrapbook Book Collection of Gremlins (B.F. Jay and Co., 1943). While the latter title was meant to be humorous, it was both quite an effective remainder of the dangers that faced pilots, as well as a probably much needed break from the military training manuals. During the war, Eric Sloane also contributed to Junior Aviation Science (by D.H. Grimm, Noble & Noble Publishers, 1942) and to at least one other publication for the Army Air Forces, Pilot’s Information File (1943, the Army Air Forces).
Photo from Wil Mauch’s Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane. Learn more about this most fascinating of American artists by visiting www.weatherhillfarm.com.
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