Timothy Cole (1852 - 1931)
Timothy Cole (1852 – 1931)
Wood engraver Timothy Cole was born in London; his family emigrated to the United States in 1858 and settled in Chicago, but in the aftermath of the great fire of 1871 he moved to New York and found work on The Century magazine, where he stayed for four decades as a leading practitioner of artistic wood engraving. His work was recognized and received wide acclaim, prompting his employers to send him to Europe in 1883, where he engraved a suite of blocks after old masters. These were published in book form and were enormously sucessful. In spite of the decline of wood engraving as a mainstream illustration method Cole, thanks to his great talent and sensitive interpretative skills, was able to successfully continue his career and won recognition as the preeminent wood engraver of his day. He received a medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1900, and a grand prize for his work at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, held at St. Louis in 1904. In 1906, Cole was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design, and became a full Academician in 1908. He died in New York.
Wood Engraving after an Old Master
Wood engraving, 1930 on mounted Japan paper; edition not stated. Image size 7” x 9½”; sheet size 12½” x 15½”. Signed in pencil by the artist in the lower right margin. A tour de force of the wood engraver's art, not unlike the work of James Bann. Fine overall condition.