Young People  / 1974

Bishop, Isabel
20th Century
Etching and aquatint


Note: this print will appear in an exhibition at the Susquehanna Art Museum from August 13 through October 17, 2021. It can be purchased now, but won’t be available Until October 20.

Black ink on ivory paper

Pencil signed

Catalog: Teller 73

Edition of 25, printed 1981

Image size: 8 5/8” x 7 5/16”

Sheet size: 19 7/8” x 13”

 Annotated: BAT (BAT means “bon a tirer,” French for “good to print”. This is the proof chosen as the standard to be followed in the numbered edition.)

This print is held in many notable collections, including:

  • New York Public Library

1 in stock



ISABEL BISHOP (1902—1988) ranks among the most respected figures in American art history. Her drawings, prints and paintings are critically acclaimed, and collected at the highest level.

Bishop’s late work (roughly 1960 onward), primarily addresses her fascination with pedestrian movement.

For Bishop, etching was a way of “testing” her drawing ideas, to see if they held up in a more austere medium. If satisfied, she would enlarge the etchings onto panel for further development in the language of painting. Many of her etchings are precise blueprints for multiple, large paintings. (Bishop was dismayed that some contemporary critics heaped attention and praise on her drawings and prints, at the expense of her paintings.)

Some artists print their own work, and some entrust the task to other experts. Bishop printed proofs throughout much of her lifetime, often in tiny quantities. However, many of the plates were not editioned until the 1980s, then by master printer Stephen Sholinsky, whose embossed chop appears at the lower right corner of the sheet.