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Herb Fichter
1920-1995

Herb Fichter was born in Jamaica, Long Island, New York. As Master Engraver he was considered one of the finest living practitioners in his art form. As of 1994 he was one of only fifteen of the world's rarest artisans on the North American continent. More »

Note: These are the last of Herb Fichter's work available and are extremly rare. Any reflective glare or distortions of the image are caused by the glazing on the frames and is not indicative of a defect in the artwork.

Available Artwork

Shangri La
by Herb Fichter

30" x 40"
Oil on canvas, unframed

Dated May 1974.

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Resurrection
by Herb Fichter

20" x 18"
Oil on canvas

Herb's last work. It is not dated but was completed in the mid nineties.

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Night Train
by Herb Fichter

16" x 20"
Oil on canvas

Undated but believed to be fifties or sixties.

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1938
by Herb Fichter

21" x 20"
Gouache on board

Herb's first commercial art piece, dated 1938, penciled on back is game by game scores declaring the Yankees champions for the 4th year in a row.

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Power at Rest
by Herb Fichter

10" x 14"
Watercolor

Dated October 1946 and packaged with original label from Newport, RI exhibit.

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The GI's Friend
"Huey"

by Herb Fichter

20" x 16" framed
50 of 500

With the Vietnam Veterans National Medal.

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Navy One, Japan Zero
"Hellcat and Zero"

by Herb Fichter

23" x 18" framed
149 of 400

With US patch and medal.

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The Savior of Bataan "Spitfire"
by Herb Fichter

20" x 16" framed
49 of 500

With RAF patch and medal.

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Iwo Jima
by Herb Fichter

23" x 18" framed
Final Color and Proof.

With the US Marine Corps Bicentennial 1975 medal and 4th Marine patch.

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Iwo Jima
by Herb Fichter

18.5" x 23" framed
Final Color and Proof.

Commission for the International Plate Printers, Die Stampers and Engravers Guild of North America, 1946.

With Purple Heart medal.

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John Wayne "American"
by Herb Fichter

13" x 16" framed
Artist Proof
Engraving with Medal

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Oh Say Can You See
by Herb Fichter

13" x 23" framed
Artist Proof 1 of 6

With engraved plate. Extremely rare.

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Silent Observer
by Herb Fichter

19" x 15" framed
44 of 100

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Great Train Robbery
by Herb Fichter

Miniature Engraving

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Forest Murmurs
by Herb Fichter

Minature Engraving

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Birds of a Feather
by Herb Fichter

Engraving of B-24s
9" x 10"

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Herb received a scholarship to New York School of Fine and Applied Arts, Parsons, NY, attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.

His ten-year apprenticeship with the U. S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing to become a bank note engraver began in June 1941. Interrupted by WWII, Herb enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served 3 1/2 years including 294 days in combat under General Patton. He received five battle stars and the Medal of Verdun.

He resumed his apprenticeship with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in December 1945. Later moving to the private sector with Jeffries Bank-Note of Los Angeles in 1962, he became Chief Engraver.

Although Herb won many awards during his career, one of his greatest honors was that of invitation in 1951 to exhibit his engravings in a One Man Show at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D. C. Later that year two pieces of Herb's work were placed in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. Other permanent collections are in the Kennedy Memorial Library, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Mercantile Money Museum, and the American Print Collection.

Herb is best known for his engravings of vintage airplanes, trains, historical vignettes, and portraiture.

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