Bayonet rush. (jointed bog rush. Juncus militaris). 1932. Drypoint. Jaques 410. 13 3/4 x 4 (sheet 16 5/8 x 8 1/4). A rich impression printed with plate tone on Japanese mulberry paper. $250.
Clematis. (Clematis integrifolia). 1933. Drypoint with hand coloring. Jaques 407. 10 x 5 3/4 (sheet 13 3/8 x 7 7/8). Printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Unsigned. Provenance: the artist's estate. $400. sheet 12 1/2x 8 1/2). A rich impression with plate tone, printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Annotated "1st proof" in pencil. $125.
Darlingtonia. (Darlingtonia Californica) 1934. Drypoint. Jaques 415. 14 x 9 1/4 (sheet 15 3/4 x 10 1/2). A rich impression printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Signed, titled and annotated "Phantom print" (the second printing from the same inked plate). $325.
Fulcassiara (Night Shade #2. Solanum Dulcamara.) 1932. Drypoint with hand coloring. Jaques 432. 10 7/8 x 7 7/8 (sheet 15 1/8 x 10 1/16). A rich impression with plate tone, printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Provenance: the artist's estate. Signed and title in pencil. $550.
Narcissus. 1927. Drypoint with hand coloring. Jaques 343. 8 7/8 x 4 7/16 (sheet 13 1/8 x 7 3/16). Printed with plate tone on Japanese mulberry paper. Scattered foxing. Signed and titled in pencil.c
Narcissus. 1927. Drypoint. Jaques 343. 8 13/16 x 4 7/16 (sheet 10 1/2 x 8). Printed with plate tone on Japanese mulberry paper. Scattered foxing. Unsigned. Housed in a 16 x 20-inch archival mat, suitable for framing. $680 the pair.
Philodendron (heartleaf). (Philodendron scandens oxycardium). 1935. Drypoint with hand coloring, and a proof without hand coloring. Jaques 416. 9 7/8 x 5 7/8. Both are beautiful impressions printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Unsigned. Provenance: the artist's estate. The frog, lower right, adds a charming touch. $460 the pair.
Woodbine. (Parthenocissus quinquefolia). 1937. Drypoint with hand coloring. Jaques 425. 11 x 7 1/4 (sheet 14 1/2 x 10 1/2). Printed on tissue paper. Provenance: the artist's estate. Signed and titled in pencil. This is what Bertha Jaques termed a "ghost" or "phantom" print. It is probably a second pull from the plate without re-inking it. The result is a delicate, ethereal image. $450.
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Dumb Bell Inn -- Near London. 1913. Etching. Jaques 220. 9 13/16 x 5 15/16 (sheet 11 x 8). A rich impression with plate tone, printed on cream wove paper. A rich impression with plate tone. $125.
Bertha Clausen Jaques was an influential American printmaker in the early twentieth century. She saw an exhibition of the new French etchings at the Chicago Columbian Exposition. Subsequently, she bought a copper plate at the hardware store. She found wax, pitch, and nitric acid. She wrapped a paint roller with leather and located an old dentist's drill. Her physician husband helped her fashion etching equipment from surgical tools. Later, she got a press from Milwaukee. Then, in 1897, she created some of the first etchings in the Midwest.
Jaques collaborated with Helen Hyde while she was in the Orient. Jaques was the author of Concerning Etchings (1912), Country Quest (1936), and Helen Hyde and Her Work, An Appreciation (1922).
She was a founder of the Chicago Society of Etchers , that held its first exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute. The society became the model for other etching societies, making fine prints available to a broad and receptive public. In forty-seven years, the Chicago Society of Etchers exhibited least 40,000 prints across America.
An active printmaker, Bertha Jaques created over 400 etchings and drypoints. None of her works was printed in a large edition. Landscape and botanical images predominate. She experimented with color and technique, applying color by hand, and making counter proofs (which she termed 'ghost prints'). She knew the Latin botanical names of most of the plants, and found beautiful specimens as models. She also used plants to make cyanotypes, and was an early experimenter in the medium.
Bertha Jaques left a creative legacy as mentor, organizer, writer and printmaker.
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