BISHOP, Isabel (1902-1988)
Eight Etchings 1930-1959
New York: Sylvan Cole Gallery, 1985. Quarto. (13 1/4 x 10 inches). Portfolio with complete text and 8 etchings, printed by Stephen Sholinsky at Stem Graphics, New York and published by Associated American Artists, New York. Each etching signed by Bishop and numbered I/VII.
Publisher's cloth box, upper cover lettered in gilt.
One of seven artist's proofs, each signed by Bishop.
Upon packing up her Union Square studio in 1983, Bishop discovered a small group of original copper printing plates from 1930-1959 which had only been used for one or two proofs and had otherwise not been printed. "Until this printing, only proofs of these images were ever printed. This printing was done on Rives Heavyweight paper by Stephen Sholinsky of Stem Graphics, New York ... The total number of impressions pulled from each plate is 60" (colophon leaf): a regular edition of 50, seven artist's proofs (as the present), a Whitney Proof in the collection of the Whitney Museum of Art, a 'bon a tirer' suite and a printer's proof set. Following production of the work the original copper plates were cancelled. The plates, each signed by Bishop and numbered I/VII, comprise: Sleeping Man (1930), Delayed Departure (1935), Putting on the Jacket (1945), Park Bench (1946), In the Square (1949), Sweet Sixteen (1954), Lunch Break (1956), Girl at the Soda Fountain (1959).