Architecture Prints

The relationship between printmaking and architecture is rooted in 17th- and 18th-century European taste for “portraits” of buildings and landmarks. Prior to the 18th century, architecture was rarely more than the background for other subject matter.

Created to feed a new traveler's market, prints were an inexpensive record of the landmarks and architecture in a foreign city. Architectural images flourished particularly well in the Netherlands and Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries. In Venice, artists captured the architecture of the city using etching and engraving methods, selling the picturesque prints to tourists.

A growing interest in architecture and urban scenes developed in the 19th and 20th centuries as a response to rapid industrialization in Europe and the United States. As lithography was a new technology that appeared at the turn of the 18th century, artists often chose this method to capture the effects of industry.


Quick Facts

  • Though their focus was on how people survived in urban America at the turn of the 20th century, artists of the Ash-Can school also captured the architecture of industrial and squalid New York City
  • A distinctly American group of artists known as “Precisionists” emerged in the early 20th century. Artists such as Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth created prints, photographs, and paintings heavily influenced by the machine age, urban architecture, and skyscrapers
  • Following the Great Depression in the 1930s, fascination with industry and urban expansion declined, and artistic attention returned to the figure, which replaced architecture as inspiration

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18th C. Etching After Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
18th C. Etching After Giovanni Battista Piranesi
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$703 Bids
Triumphal Arch Lithograph
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Triumphal Arch Lithograph
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $300
$12 Bids
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Ansicht des Konstantinbogens in Rom, 1771, gerahmt
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CEST
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Ansicht des Konstantinbogens in Rom, 1771, gerahmt
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €600- €800
€201 Bid
L‚on Isabey and EugŠne Leblan
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
L‚on Isabey and EugŠne Leblan
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
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CHARLES LE CORBUSIER "MODULOR" LITHOGRAPH
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
CHARLES LE CORBUSIER "MODULOR" LITHOGRAPH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
18th C. Etching After Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
18th C. Etching After Giovanni Battista Piranesi
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid
GAMBLE, Wilson (Architect), Five Architectural Drawings, Mosman & Apple Tree Bay
Oct 17, 2:00 PM AEDT
GAMBLE, Wilson (Architect), Five Architectural Drawings, Mosman & Apple Tree Bay
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD201 Bid
French School: Fragments Antiques: Twelve Plates
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
French School: Fragments Antiques: Twelve Plates
by Stair
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
Frank Lloyd Wright Harley Bradley House Lithograph
Oct 20, 6:00 PM EDT
Frank Lloyd Wright Harley Bradley House Lithograph
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $250- $500
$1250 Bids
4 PCS, ROSSINI ARCHITECTURAL ENGRAVINGS, ROME
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
4 PCS, ROSSINI ARCHITECTURAL ENGRAVINGS, ROME
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
3 PCS, ROSSINI ARCHITECTURAL ENGRAVINGS, ROME
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
3 PCS, ROSSINI ARCHITECTURAL ENGRAVINGS, ROME
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Camille Pissarro (After) - Portail de L'Eglise St
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Camille Pissarro (After) - Portail de L'Eglise St
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$2500 Bids
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Clayton Pond, Portfolio, Suite of Seven Screenprints
Oct 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Clayton Pond, Portfolio, Suite of Seven Screenprints
by RoGallery
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,2000 Bids
18th C. Etching After Charles Le Brun
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
18th C. Etching After Charles Le Brun
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
18th C. Engraving by Domenico Pronti
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
18th C. Engraving by Domenico Pronti
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
4 PCS, ROSSINI ARCHITECTURAL ENGRAVINGS, ROME
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
4 PCS, ROSSINI ARCHITECTURAL ENGRAVINGS, ROME
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
After Claude Monet: Cathedrale de Rouen
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
After Claude Monet: Cathedrale de Rouen
by 500 Gallery
Est: $250- $500
$1500 Bids
RUSSIAN VIEWS
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
RUSSIAN VIEWS
by Galerie Moenius
Est: CHF50- CHF100
CHF500 Bids
Otto Kuhler etching
Oct 23, 9:30 AM EDT
Otto Kuhler etching
by Rachel Davis Fine Arts
Est: $300- $500
$2250 Bids
D’APRÈS GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI (1720-1778) - Avanzi della villa di Mecenate, 1763
Oct 25, 2:00 PM CEST
D’APRÈS GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI (1720-1778) - Avanzi della villa di Mecenate, 1763
by Cornette de Saint-Cyr-Bruxelles
Est: €700- €900
€7000 Bids
Richard Haas Architectural Lithograph/Poster, Signed
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Richard Haas Architectural Lithograph/Poster, Signed
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids
Richard Haas Architectural Lithograph/Poster, Signed
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Richard Haas Architectural Lithograph/Poster, Signed
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Architecture Prints


Swann Auction Galleries

Swann Auction Galleries

Palm Beach Modern Auctions

Palm Beach Modern Auctions

Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd

Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.