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The Old Print Shop, Inc

150 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States

The Old Print Shop, founded in 1898 is among the oldest art galleries specializing in American graphic arts, antiquarian maps and atlases.  We also have a huge collection from painters like Paul Revere, Irving Penn, Marry Cassat and many more.  Buy online or visit our collection in our galleries at NYC and Washington DC. 

About The Old Print Shop

OPS INTERIOR 1945 PHOTO BY BERENICE ABBOTT

"THE ROARING TWENTIES WAS AN EXCITING TIME TO OWN AN ART GALLERY PRICES FOR PRINTS AND PAINTINGS WERE AT AN ALL TIME HIGH."

Edward Gottschalk founded The Old Print Shop in 1898. At that time, it was located between 9th and 10th Streets on Fourth Avenue in back of Wanamaker's. He moved the shop to its current location in 1925. After Mr. Gottschalk's death, his widow hired Harry Shaw Newman, who had sold prints to Mr. Gottschalk, to run the Shop with an option to buy over a five-year period.The contract was signed on October 11, 1928.The final payment was due by October 31, 1933.

The roaring twenties was an exciting time to own an art gallery. Prices for prints and paintings were at an all-time high. But in 1933, the middle of the Great Depression, few people were buying art, and it was a bad time to owe money. Through the help of a friend and fellow Currier & Ives enthusiast, Harry T. Peters, Harry Shaw Newman was able to get a loan that enabled him to make his final payment on the shop in 1933.

The shop's first period of strong growth began during the 1940's. Although World War II was devastating Europe and Asia, most of America was back at work. Harry Shaw Newman realized that nineteenth-century American paintings were being overlooked by collectors and museums and was quick to bring them to the attention of the public. In the 1950's it was American primitive art and sculpture. The Shop was instrumental in helping build several notable collections of American primitive art. During the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's there was a re-evaluation of American art from the past two centuries. The Shop chose at this time to concentrate on American printmakers and publishers from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Today, many museums in America, Europe, and Asia collect and display fine prints. As The Old Print Shop moves into its second century, it will continue to look for art that has been overlooked and reintroduce it to patrons and collectors.
 

Who We Are


HARRY SHAW NEWMAN

Mr. Newman, known to some as the 'Prince of Prink' and to others as 'Mr. Americana,' embarked on his lifelong work when he discovered in the attic of his grandmother's old boarding house in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, two large folio Currier & Ives...

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KENNETH M. NEWMAN

Kenneth M. Newman, Harry Shaw Newman's son, started full time at The Old Print Shop in 1949 and learned the business at his father's side. Early on he traveled frequently with his father visiting museums, collectors, and fellow dealers....

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ROBERT K. NEWMAN

Robert K. Newman, Kenneth M. Newman's eldest son, worked summers atThe Old Print Shop starting in 1972 and joined the staff after graduating from college in 1979. He received a BFA in photography but spent most of his time learning printmaking and studying...

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HARRY SHAW NEWMAN, II

Harry Shaw Newman II, Kenneth M. Newman's younger son, joined the staff in 1982. Like his brother, he had been a part-time apprentice during the summers and school holidays. Learning the business like his father, he brought with...

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The Old Print Shop is a Member of the Following Professional Trade Associations

THE INTERNATIONAL FINE PRINT DEALERS ASSOCIATION

The IFPDA is trade association of Art Galleries and Dealers who considered the world's leading experts on original fine prints. The association promotes print collecting through Grants, The Print Fair, and the IFPDA foundation which gave curatorial internships at major muesums worldwide.
 

 

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Address: 
150 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States
Phone: 
212.683.3950

Location

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday 9 to 5 PM