The Vintage in California - At Work in the Wine Presses. Paul Frenzeny.

The Vintage in California - At Work in the Wine Presses.

1878. New York: Harper's Weekly, October 5, 1878.

Engraving, 20 7/8 x 13 3/4 inches, hand-colored. Edges toned, otherwise an attractive print.

§ A crowded and interesting scene showing European and Chinese workers crushing the grape harvest with bare feet and with a hand-cranked press. The illustrator, Paul Frenzeny (c.1940s-1902), traveled across American producing illustrations for Harper's Weekly. His biography speaks of a time when very different lives were possible: a former artillery officer fighting under Maximillian's French army in Mexico, he took art lessons in New York, sketched his way around the country as an "international correspondent" for several magazines, settled in San Francisco and helped to establish the Bohemian Club, before taking to the road again to join Buffalo Bill's Wild West Riders in London and illustrate books including Anna Karenina. Item #123258

Price: $750.00

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