Watercolor 15.5 x 23.5 inches
Bishop was born in Syracuse, New York and his first vocation was an electrical engineer. After graduating from Cornell University in 1909, he was employed as an electrical engineer for the Cutler-Hammer Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. World War I interrupted his career and after his discharge in 1919, he and his wife moved to Philadelphia where he continued his engineering career. The plant at which he worked had a supply of copper plates on hand, and having a natural artistic bent, he applied a coat of wax to one of them and created his first etching with a phonograph needle. Bishop was particularly fond of waterfowl hunting so it was natural that this would become the subject of his art.
With the precision developed as an engineer, Bishop utilized high-speed photography and movie film to accurately capture the wing actions of birds in flight. His aworks are the products of his study of his photographs and film combined with observations captured from the field. Bishop knew his subject so well that he published “Bishop’s Birds” in 1936. He likely spent some time in California and Chicago, Illinois as he was a member of the both California Printer Makers and Chicago Society of Etchers. He was also a member of the Society of American Etchers, the Brooklyn (NY) Society of Etchers, the Philadelphia Water Color Society, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and the Philadelphia Print Club, where he won the Charles Lea Prize in 1924.