Bertha Clausen Jaques (1863 - 1941)
Born in Covington, Ohio, Jaques lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1885 to 1889, after which she settled in Chicago with her surgeon husband. In 1893, she saw examples of printmaking by eminent artists including Zorn and Whistler at the Columbian Exposition and became immediately interested in etching, using tools that her husband made from surgical instruments. Following her purchase of a press, Jaques made her first etchings in Chicago in 1894, where her talent and enthusiasm for printmaking was widely recognized, leading to her involvement in the founding of Chicago Society of Etchers in 1910; she served as its secretary/treasurer for nearly thirty years. During her career, Jaques created 461 prints and was an influential teacher, mentor and writer whose book, Concerning Etchings, in published in 1912. Her print work consists of two broad categories: the first, views of the everyday world, grew from her extensive travels in Europe and America and form a realistic portrayal of the age; the second, botanical prints, arose from her interest in wildflowers and their preservation.
A Turn in the Road
Etching and aquatint, ca. 1895; edition not stated. Image size 6-5/8” x 3-13/16”; sheet size 11” x 7½”. Signed in pencil by the artist in the lower plate margin, with artist's monogram in lower left corner of plate image. Very good overall condition, with moderate toning outside sight area.
Canal Boat, Utrecht
Etching on laid paper. Date unknown, edition unknown. Image size 4-1/8” x 3”; sheet size 8-7/8” x 5¾”. Titled and signed in pencil by the artist and inscribed ”To Reynold Weidener (sic) / 1940”. Fine.
Etching, date unknown; edition unknown. Image size 3-7/8” x 5”; sheet size 5½” x 8-5/16”. Titled and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin and inscribed “To Reynold Weidener (sic) / 1940”. Fine
Etching on Japan paper, date unknown. Edition unknown. Image size 3” x 5-7/16”; sheet size 5½” x 8-1/8”. Signed in pencil by the artist in lower margin. A very good image; the sheet has wrinkling at the bottom and an adhesive stain at the upper edge.
Wind Mill, Delft
Etching, date unknown; editiion unknown. Image size 6” x 9-7/8”; sheet size 8-5/8” x 11-11/16”. Signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. A very good impression in overall good condition.