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Rex Brasher (1869-1960) - Hand-Coloured Lithograph, Two Bluebirds



A delightful original hand coloured print by the American artist Rex Brasher. From 'Rex Brasher's Birds and Trees of North America', published 1931. Brasher was a determined artist and wanted to see his paintings published. However he discovered that it would be far too expensive to print his paintings in color. To solve this problem he had the Meriden Gravure Company make black and white reproductions, which he then hand-colored using stencils and an airbrush. 100 sets of 12 volumes were produced, including almost 90,000 hand colored reproductions. Signed in plate. On wove.


Overall the condition is very good. With some minor discolouration.


24.4 x 30.6cm (9.6" x 12")
Sheet: 26 x 35.4cm (10.2" x 13.9")

Artist Biography

Rex Brasher was born in 1869 in Brooklyn, New York, and as a youngster became fascinated with birds, largely due to the influence of his father, an avid naturalist and bird taxidermist. On his trips to the West, Midwest and Gulf Coast, Brasher traveled by train and on foot. He lived both in the East and in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is listed as a resident in the 1940 Who Was Who in American Art. In 1935, Brasher offered his paintings to the State of Connecticut, providing that a suitable repository could be found for them. Three years later he took the pictures back after various attempts to raise funds for a museum in which to display them had failed. The paintings were then sent to Washington, D. C. to be exhibited as Birds and Trees of North America in the Explorers Hall of the National Geographic Society. Rex Brasher worked until two years before his death, when his eyesight failed him. He died in 1960, at his home in Kent, at the age of 91.

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Code pq508
Artist Rex Brasher (1869-1960)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 24.4 x 30.6cm
Framed No
Medium Lithograph
Style Realism
Subject Birds
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