logo

Srule10.gif - 377 Bytes

Bertha Clausen Jaques. 1863-1941

Floral Drypoints.

clematis1.jpg - 5858 Bytes

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.

darling1.jpg - 6981 Bytes

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.

solanum1.jpg - 7002 Bytes

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.

narcissuscolor1.jpg - 5924 Bytesnarcissusbw1.jpg - 5624 Bytes

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. $850 the pair.

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. $850 the pair.

philocolor1.jpg - 6956 Bytesphilob1.jpg - 6100 Bytes

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. $500 the pair.

spiderwort1.jpg - 6168 Bytes

Spiderwort. (Tradescantia bracteata. Bracted Spiderwort). 1926. Drypoint. Jaques 353. 13 7/8 x 7 7/8 (sheet 13 7/8 x 10 1/2). A rich impression with plate tone, printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Provenance: the artist's estate. Unsigned. $175.

sweetbriarlittle1.jpg - 6414 Bytes

Sweetbriar (little). 1922. Etching and drypoint. Jaques 324. 5 7/8 x 2 7/8 (sheet 8 3/16 x 5 3/16). A rich impression with plate tone, printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Provenance: the artist's estate. Monogrammed in the plate; annotated "1st proof" in the artist's hand. The artist also made a larger plate of the same subject. $125.

irisdrypoint1.JPG - 2305 Bytesirisdrypointdarkd1.JPG - 2728 Bytes

Wild Iris. Drypoint. 15 x 5 7/8 (sheet 16 x 10 ). Printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Unsigned.

Wild Iris. Drypoint printed in colors. 15 x 5 7/8 (sheet 18 x 9 7/8). Printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Signed and titled in pencil. Grey background. $975 the pair.

woodbine1.jpg - 5858 Bytes

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.

Landscape and Architectural Etchings and Drypoints. Signed in pencil.

Click on the images for larger screens.

dumbbell1.JPG - 4799 Bytes

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.

Srule10.gif - 377 Bytes

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 speciments 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.

Srule10.gif - 377 Bytes

Orientalist Fine Prints.

Allinson Gallery Index

American Fine Prints.

Prints $175 and under.

To order, to request images, to report broken links or to be placed on the email list, please contact Jane Allinson (jane@allinsongallery.com) or send a fax to (860) 429 2825.