Richard Everett Bishop (1887- 1975)
Etcher, painter, and author Richard Bishop was born in Syracuse, New York and upon graduation from Cornell University with a degree in engineering, he studied with Ernest Roth at the Graphic Sketch Club in Manhattan. Bishop worked for several manufacturing companies in various cities and kindled his career as a printmaker by using the unused side of a discarded copper plate brought in for recycling. He coated the plate in wax, and used a phonograph needle as his graver, and so was off and running.
His passion for waterfowl was responsible for the majority of his mature work. He retired from business in 1933. He was an active member of the Philadelphia Print Club, the Chicago Society of Etchers, the Philadelphia Society of Etchers, the Society of American Etchers, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia Watercolor Club, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and California Printmakers. His waterfowl works are eagerly sought by collectors and are held by numerous libraries and museums.
His Canada Geese was awarded the Charles Lea Prize from the Philadelphia Print Club in 1924. In 1936, J. N. Darling, then Chief of the U. S. Wildlife Survey, approached Bishop and commissioned him to design the third annual Federal Duck Stamp, distinctive for the absence of lettering in the image area and its exile to the borders of the stamp. He died in Mt. Airy, Pennsylvania.
Etching and aquatint, ca. 1935; edition not stated. Image size 10-3/16" x 8-15/16"; sheet size 15½" x 12-1/8". Titled and signed in pencil by Bishop in the lower margin. Fine.