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Canal Scene.
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Canal Scene.

By Bull, Charles Livingston.

Original Charcoal on paper. Image size: 11 x 15 inches. Sheet size: 12 1/2 x 19 inches. The canal scene is an unusual departure from Charles Livingston Bull's animal and nature compositions, and quite unlike his other work found to date. Perhaps due to its geometric nature- it was an early study on perspective. Nevertheless, the confident use of tonality predicts his eventual command of charcoal as his desired medium for rendering any subject matter.

$1500.00

Solitary Blue-winged Teal
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Solitary Blue-winged Teal

By Bull, Charles Livingston.

Original Charcoal and ink on paper. Signed CL Bull lower center. Image size: 12 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Sheet size 16 x 13 inches. Elegantly custom framed in Ecru rag board with gilt decoration, one inch neoclassical silver molding. Dimensions: 22 1/8 x 19 1/8 inches. Executed in charcoal and ink on paper- Charles Livingston Bull's preferred medium-an elegant composition of a Blue-winged Teal in flight over lily pond with reeds in the foreground.The influence of Japanese design is unmistakable. As a collector of Japanese wood block prints- Bull studied and here utilized the finely tuned conventions of image building commonly found in the Japanese prints of the late nineteenth century. In this composition Bull utilizes the foreshortened reeds and flowering lily pads below to create an intimate setting into which the floating Teal appears. The Teal's extended wing obscures a portion of the lily pad- allowing for sense of motion. The form is created by patterned and monochromatic blocks, with a sparing use of outline. An elegant and finely executed scene.

$3200.00

Fox and Hare.
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Fox and Hare.

By Bull, Charles Livingston.

Original Charcoal and ink on paper. Image and sheet size : 12 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches. Elegantly custom framed in Ecru rag board with gilt decoration, one inch neoclassical silver moulding. Dimensions: 21 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches. Executed in charcoal and ink on paper- Charles Livingston Bull's preferred medium- On a rocky outcropping set above sinuous trees, a crouching Fox spies on two unsuspecting Hare below. It is evident in this charged scene of the intended hunt set in a sinuously treed landscape Bull owes a debt to the ephemerally fluid nature of the English Art Nouveau, and reflective of the work of Aubrey Beardsley (1872 - 1898)- a clear inspiration to Bull. Nonetheless- this drawing could quite possibly have been a composition intended for Andrews Wilkinson's Plantation Stories of Old Louisiana. It was not unusual for Bull to create far more compositions than were used for hundreds of stories he illustrated. Yet as was Bull's habit, these original drawings were often given to the author of the work- or the editor and were seldom seen afterwards.

$2800.00

Animal Drawing. Division Number 7
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Animal Drawing. Division Number 7

By Wilwerding, W. J. & Bull, Charles Livingston

First printing. Near Fine. Near Fine. Slightly rippled top edge and toning to rear fly leafs - otherwise near fine. Folio (8.5 x 13.5 inches). Red printed gray wraps. 60 pp. Fully illustrated with pen and ink drawings printed in both sepia, and black and white on colored litho-tinted grounds. One of a series of texts dealing with the various phases of art for commercial purposes, prepared especially for Art Instruction, Inc.Part 1: Animal Drawing by Walter J. Wilmerding, illustrator for Field and Stream, Western Sportsman, Nature, Boy's Life, Blue Book and others.Part 2 : Animals in Illustration and Commercial Art by Charles Livingston Bull. For twenty-five years until his death in 1932, Charles Livingston Bull was America's foremost animal illustrator. The enclosed article was written at the height of his fame and is here reproduced. Bull frankly describes his methods of working, and as the study and execution of animal drawing is timeless- his advise is as appropriate today as the day it was written. Includes valued information on Bull's chosen medium and technique: drawing with charcoal. Original Wraps

$95.00

Blue-winged Teal in Flight.
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Blue-winged Teal in Flight.

By Bull, Charles Livingston.

Original Charcoal and ink on paper. Image size: 10.25 x 15.25 inches. Sheet size 13 x 17.5 inches. Elegantly custom framed in Ecru rag board with gilt decoration, one inch neoclassical silver molding. Dimensions: 20 x 26 inches. Executed in charcoal and ink on paper- Charles Livingston Bull's preferred medium-an elegant composition of a Blue-winged Teal in flight leading a V formation of ducks at dusk. As in his drawing of the Solitary Teal, (6671) here the influence of Japanese design is unmistakable. As a collector of Japanese wood block prints- Bull studied and here utilized the finely- tuned conventions of image building commonly found in the Japanese prints of the late nineteenth century. A mature teal floats towards the viewer followed by the silhouette of birds in v formation.Patterned and tonal blocks of monochrome create the form of the floating Teal, with just the hint of landscape accentuated by the thinnest of outlines. A lovely and mysterious scene.

$3400.00

Rooster in Rain.
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Rooster in Rain.

By Bull, Charles Livingston.

Original Charcoal, and ink on paper. Image: 7 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches. Sheet: 10 x 15 1/2 inches. Elegantly custom framed in Ecru rag board with gilt decoration, one inch neoclassical silver moulding . Dimensions: 19 5/8 x 25 5/8 inches.Executed with charcoal and ink on paper- Charles Livingston Bull's preferred medium- an animated scene of a glaring Rooster under splashing water spout amidst plummeting raindrops. The supreme American Naturalist artist Charles Livingston Bull (1874- 1932) was intrigued by the pathos and elegance found in the tradition of Japanese wood block prints; qualities which are here expressed by the animated nature of the scene. Any decorative elements in the design give way to a heightened level of sensual expression and refinement. In his excellent essay for the Glenbow Museum Peter White states: With Bull's evident stylistic debt to art of Japan, it is tempting to link him as well with the spirit of Kacho-ga, Japanese nature art. In Kacho-ga, nature is not thought of as an objective reality but as a subjective reflection of the artist's own mind. The thing depicted is less important in itself than it is as a means through which the artist gives vent to his emotions.

$3200.00

Late Winter Crow Landscape.
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Late Winter Crow Landscape.

By Bull, Charles Livingston. Stone, Walter King.

Original Charcoal on paper mounted onto illustration board. Signed in charcoal on lower left: "W.K.. Stone, CL Bull" Image size: 12 x 9 inches. Board size: 17 x 14 inches. An early landscape study by Charles Livingston Bull and Walter King Stone (American 1875-1949). A tonal composition of an late winter river scene with hints of snow in the foreground and on the distant hills. A murder of crows appear from around the bend on the river in the distant horizon. Due to the soft and ephemeral nature of the landscape -void of accentuated highlights or inked outlines characteristic of Bull's work- it appears the composition is most likely by Walter King Stone- with the addition of the birds contributed by CL Bull. Just who was the mentor and who was the student here is near impossible to determine. Additional drawings by both Stone and Bull acquired at the time of this acquisition place the artists in fellowship, yet no literature documents any formal association. In addition to his established career as an illustrator for popular periodicals and journal, as well as nature writing-1912 Walter King Stone became a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York, where he exhibited 18 landscape paintings during the course of the next quarter of a century.

$2200.00