“A Portfolio of Fish.” American fish beautifully portrayed by illustrator Miles Rost. From the 1930s. All from the website of archive.org. Collections of the Carlsbad City Library, Carlsbad, California.

“Dolly Varden trout (Salvelinus malma Walbaum),” from “A Portfolio of Fish,” ca. 1934-1937. Zoological illustration. Number 21. Miles E. Rost Papers, collections of the Carlsbad City Library. Scanned by the Internet Archive Python Library. Copyright status unknown. Fair use license. via https://archive.org/details/ccarl_000031
“Red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka Walbaum)” from “A Portfolio of Fish,” ca. 1934-1937. Zoological illustration. Number 36. Miles E. Rost Papers, collections of the Carlsbad City Library. Scanned by the Internet Archive Python Library. Copyright status unknown. Fair use license. via https://archive.org/details/ccarl_000038
“Silver salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch Walbaum)” from “A Portfolio of Fish,” ca. 1934-1937. Zoological illustration. Miles E. Rost Papers, collections of the Carlsbad City Library. Scanned by the Internet Archive Python Library. Copyright status unknown. Fair use license. via https://archive.org/details/ccarl_000111

Plates with images from “Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora, & Chihuahua.” Written by John Russell Bartlett and connected with the United States and Mexican boundary commission. Published in 1854. Volume I. Much of it is now southwest Texas.

“Fort Yuma, Colorado River.” Frontispiece. Page 3. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000247996/page/n3/mode/2up
“Mission of San José, Texas.” Page 42. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000247996/page/42/mode/2up
“Castle Mountain Pass, Texas.” Page 91. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000247996/page/91/mode/2up

More butterflies by American painter Albert Bierstadt with colors as grand as his Western sunsets. No, maybe better.

Blue butterfly. 1893. American. Oil and pencil on paper. Signed and dated “Albert Bierstadt with love for ‘Jane, July 9, 1898” on the lower right. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers and Jackson Hole Art Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/88553671_blue-butterfly-by-albert-bierstadt-1830-1902
Butterfly. American. Print of a butterfly in oil and pencil on paper signed by Albert Bierstadt in the lower right hand corner. Image © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/Generic-Butterfly-by-Albert-Bierstadt/dp/B07CSTXC7F
Butterfly. 1895. American. Watercolor and gouache. Albert Bierstadt, artist. Signed and dated “Albert Bierstadt May 1, 1895” on the lower right. Image © 2020 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/paintings/albert-bierstadt-american-1830-1902-butterfly-1895watercolor-and-gouache-on-paper8in-x-10insigned-and/a/628-23124.s
Butterfly. 1890. Watercolor. Albert Bierstadt, artist. Signed and dated “Albert Bierstadt May 2, 1890.” Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC,  Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3100B/lots/263

Portraits of Native Americans from before a lot of people decided to go out west and it was never the same again. From George Catlin’s work, “O-Kee-Pa; a Religious Ceremony; and other Customs of the Mandans,” an account of an annual religious ceremony practised by the Mandan tribe. Published in 1867.

“Two Mandan men and one woman.” Page 20. Simonau and Toovey, lithographers after a drawing by Catlin. Collections of the University of Pittsburgh Library System.  Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/okeepareligiousc00catl/page/n19/mode/2up
“Bird’s eye view of part of the Mandan Village.” Plate II, page 25. Simonau and Toovey, lithographers after a drawing by Catlin. Collections of the University of Pittsburgh Library System.  Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/okeepareligiousc00catl/page/n25/mode/2up
“Lodge Interior.” Plate 3, page 39. Simonau and Toovey, lithographers after a drawing by Catlin. Collections of the University of Pittsburgh Library System.  Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/okeepareligiousc00catl/page/n39/mode/2up

Note: there are 13 of these plates, these are merely the first three with more posts with the others yet to come. These were published towards the end of Catlin’s life, but the images and the text refer back to a visit in July of 1832 when Catlin was joined by, among others, a J. Kipp who was agent for the Missouri Fur Company.

In the garden with American painter Theodore Wores. Living from 1859 to 1939, he studied at the San Francisco School of Design and painted with William Merritt Chase. A friend of James Whistler and Oscar Wilde.

“Honolulu Garden (The Gardens of Ainahau, Waikiki).” 1902. American. Oil on canvas. Signed, dated and inscribed “Theodore Wores. 1902, Ainahau, Honolulu” on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24066/lot/157/
“Hawaiian House.” 1901. American. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated on the lower left. Private collection. Image source: fada.com. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 80 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Hawaiian_House%27,_oil_on_canvas_painting_by_Theodore_Wores.jpg
“My Studio.” Undated. American. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.amazon.com/My-Studio-Home-Theodore-Wores-CANVAS/dp/B008KCHYO0

Lake Nemi, Italy. Various painters from various countries who all painted in Rome. Everyone did, sharing with what we would call studio/roommates if you weren’t rich enough to rent one by yourself.

“Vue du lac de Nemi,” 1869. Gouache. Artist not known. Annotated “Nemi 1869” on the right. Image © lotsearch.de and Beaussant Lefèvre, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.de/lot/vue-du-lac-de-nemi-gouache-annotee-a-droite-nemi-1869-18-x-30-5-cm-ovale-50714582?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter
“Lake Nemi.” 1857. American. George Inness, painter (1825-1894). Image source: wikipedia. Image © 2020 Life in Italy LLC. Fair use license. via https://www.lifeinitaly.com/travel/lakes/lake-nemi/
“Vue du lac de Nemi au soleil couchant.” 18th c. English. Joseph Wright, dit Wright of Derby, artist (1734-1797), artist. Image © 2005 Musée du Louvre / Erich Lessing. Fair use license. via https://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/lake-nemi-sunset

Impressionist San Francisco. American. Jules Francois Pages, artist. Living from 1833 to 1910, he studied at the California School of Design. Closely associated with the Northern California Impressionists although his style has more of a French influence.

“Chinatown San Francisco Before the Earthquake of 1906.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed “J. F. Pages” on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26091/lot/2/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Old San Francisco Chinatown.” 1894. American. Oil on canvas affixed to board. Signed and dated “J. F. Pages ’94”. Image Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26091/lot/1/?category=list&length=12&page=
“San Francisco.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Image ©2018 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.fr/artistes/jules-fran%C3%A7ois-pages/san-francisco-dyHwl_7rpexaKWPzCH1n5Q2

Steuben compotes. American. Part of Corning Glassworks. Made in Corning, New York where they are still making it.

Compote. Art glass. Undated. Pink and green glass. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers and Woody Auction LLC. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/90197237_compote-by-steuben-pink-and-green-art-glass
Supremes, compotes in the wheel cut pattern “Van Dyke” with peach-like colored stems and clear crystal bowls. with separate matching “Rosa” inserts meant to be used for cocktail sauce or to hold the caviar in a bed of shaved ice. Part of a set of 12. 1910-1920. American. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/crystal-serveware/12-steuben-handblown-rosa-crystal-van-dyke-supremes-compotes/id-f_16109891/?gclid=CjwKCAjwzvX7BRAeEiwAsXExo0_n-2GULdRtmaQgzhVjGRHUxZT7X-R7qcG
Compote with a flared rim raised on four curved arms joined to circular base. 20th c. American. Crystal. Signed. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC, Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3049T/lots/1575
Two color compote with an amber low form body with a flaring rim and applied blue glass ring handles. The bowl is supported by a round foot with a knobbed, ribbed stem. Undated. American. Maker’s marks: Signed “Steuben” on the underside. Image © Copyright Lot-Art 2020. Fair use licence. via https://www.lot-art.com/auction-lots/Steuben-Two-Color-Glass-Compote/200-steuben_two-18.1.20-fontaine

Egyptian Revival with a Tiffany Studios spin. Egyptian Revival has been going in and out of fashion for around 200 years. It always comes back. All of that with that extra fabulousness.

Bookends. ca. 1920. American. Gilt bronze with polychrome decoration. Maker’s marks: Impressed “TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEWYORK/2032” Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/design-2/tiffany-studios-pair-of-egyptian-bookends
Pair of cast bronze wall sconces/plaques with turtle bank inserts. ca. 1920. American. Maker’s marks: stamped “TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK.” Image  2020 © Antiquarian Traders, Inc. Fair use license. via http://antiquariantraders.com/shop-antiques/bronze/rare-pr-of-tiffany-cast-bronze-egyptian-revival-wall-sconesplaques/

Carved favrile glass Egyptian collar baluster form vase, the shoulder carved with a band of flowers. ca. 1912. American. Maker’s marks: Engraved “L. C. Tiffany Favrilte 7175N”. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/carved-tiffany-favrile-glass-egyptian-collar-vasetiffany-studios/id-f_15598842/

Still lifes with corn and a few baskets that just keep hanging around. American. Alfred Montgomery, artist (1857-1922). He was the first teacher to teach drawing in the public schools of Topeka, Kansas.

“Two Ears of Corn.” Undated. American. Oil on pressed paperboard. Signed “A Montgomery” on the lower left. Indistinct inscriptions including the artist’s name on the reverse. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC, Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3455B/lots/50
“Barrel and Corn.” Undated. In the public domain due to age. Image © NiceArtGallery.com. Fair use license. via https://www.niceartgallery.com/Alfred-Montgomery/Barrel-And-Corn-oil-painting.html
Untitled. Unknown date. Oil on board. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/alfred-montgomery/untitled-pkF1uoDGfu_ZjoDhzSiOow2