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Henry Evans (1918-1990)



The Peregrine Press, The Porpoise Bookshop and Henry Evans, Printmaker: A Precursor to the American Small Press and Artist Book Movements

Henry Evans (1918-1990) was a man of many talents - a rare book dealer, printer, publisher, bookseller, bibliographer, author, and poet.
The Peregrine Press, the Porpoise Bookshop and Henry Evans, Printmaker flourished in San Francisco between 1948 and 1990, under the stewardship of Henry Evans and his wife. Shortly after World War II, Henry Evans established an antiquarian and secondhand bookstore in San Francisco, under the name H. H. Evans, Bookseller, which within a few years was one of the largest bookstores of its kind on the West Coast. In 1950 Evans purchased a nineteenth-century Washington handpress and dedicated himself, with the assistance of his wife, to producing iconoclastic and avant-garde books of poetry and art under the imprint of the Peregrine Press. In 1952 they combined the Peregrine Press and their book business under the name the Porpoise Bookshop, which became a multifaceted, unique business, unlike any bookstore San Francisco had previously seen: under one roof and banner it housed an antiquarian and secondhand bookstore, an art gallery, a letterpress printer, publisher and fine printmakers. It published culinary books, children’s books, poetry, bibliography, botanical works and artists’ portfolios. It promoted unknown artists who would have otherwise struggled to get their work into print, including Robert Quick, Mark Luca, Mel Fowler and Rick Barton; it supported the San Francisco renaissance by publishing the work of Robert Duncan, Jess Collins, Kenneth Rexroth and others; and all the works it published, whether art or literary, were original; there were no reprints. The Porpoise Bookshop and Peregrine Press was a prototype for many who would follow the same dream of owning a bookshop that simultaneously served as a small press publisher and letterpress printer; it was an inspiration and progenitor of the American small press and artist book movement that would become firmly established in the 1960s and beyond in California. The Porpoise Bookshop closed in late 1963, and Henry Evans took the skills he learned as a printer of other artists’ works to become a distinguished printmaker himself. He became widely known for his distinctive botanical linoleum block prints.

In 1958, Evans began creating botanical prints from linoleum and over thirty-one years created around 1,400 subjects, primarily illustrations of plants and flowers, with a special focus on California plants. He was self-taught as a botanist and developed his unique style of rendering portraits of plants and flowers. He drew directly from living subjects which were portrayed life-size. His wife printed his linocuts on the Washington Hand Press and, after the printing was completed, the blocks were destroyed. Among his numerous publications, his most important books and portfolios include The State Flowers of the United States (1972); Botanical Prints: With Excerpts from the Artist’s Notebooks (1977); and California Native Wildflowers (1985).

His botanical prints became very popular with the public and with museums and galleries. His work is held by a number of libraries and museums, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Albertina in Vienna (Austria), the Clark Library at UCLA, the Gleeson Library, and the Bancroft Library, just to mention a few. Dr Donovan McCune was an early admirer and patron. The McCune Collection in Vallejo (California), has one of the largest holding of Henry Evans prints in America.

Aangeboden: 4 botanische lithografieën

Poppy / Papaver orientale

vervaardiger: Henry Evans
titel: Poppy / Papaver orientale, m.o.
jaar: 1967, r.o.
gesigneerd: Henry Evans, r.o.
oplage: 112
genummerd: 74/112 l.o.
afdruk hoogte x breedte: ? x ? cm
in passepartout: neen
in lijst: ja, aluminium
techniek: litho

prijs/price: € 50,-



Delphinium, Larkspur

vervaardiger: Henry Evans
titel: Delphinium, Larkspur, m.o.
jaar: 1965 r.o.
gesigneerd: Henry Evans, r.o.
oplage: 77
genummerd: 59/77 l.o.
afdruk hoogte x breedte: ? x ? cm
in passepartout: neen
in lijst: ja, aluminium
techniek: litho
opm.: kleine beschadiging in afdruk

prijs/price: € 40,-



Black-Eyed Susan / Rudbeckia hirta
Marryland State Flower


vervaardiger: Henry Evans
titel: Black-Eyed Susan / Rudbeckia hirta, m.o.
jaar: 1966 r.o.
gesigneerd: Henry Evans, r.o.
oplage: 100
genummerd: 99/100 r.o.
afdruk hoogte x breedte: ? x ? cm
in passepartout: neen
in lijst: ja, aluminium
techniek: litho

prijs/price: € 50,-



Sego Lily / Calochortus nuttallii
Utah State Flower


vervaardiger: Henry Evans
titel: Sega Lily / Calochortus nuttallii, m.o.
jaar: 1968, r.o.
gesigneerd: Henry Evans, r.o.
oplage: 82
genummerd: 73/82 l.o.
afdruk hoogte x breedte: ? x ? cm
in passepartout: neen
in lijst: ja, aluminium
techniek: litho

prijs/price: € 50,-



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