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Framed Vintage Print: Stratford-upon-Avon by Squirrell

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Lithographs: Pre 1950   item# 675157

Framed Vintage Print: Stratford-upon-Avon by Squirrell
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This lovely mid-20th century print is from a painting by Leonard Russell Squirrell, an award-winning English watercolorist and etcher who also taught art, wrote books on watercolor and pastel techniques and produced illustrations.

The image here, I feel sure, came from "Shakespeare-Land" -- one in the legendary "Our Beautiful Homeland" series published by Blackie & Sons (London and Glasgow). It's titled "High Street, Stratford-upon Avon".

Apart from the presence of an auto that looks like a 1930s model and the length of skirts on the woman and girl, the image could easily be 19th century -- which is the charm of English towns and villages, as well of Squirrell's style.

Although he lived between 1893 and 1979, the artist was often called "the last member of the Norwich school" -- a movement of pre-Victorian painters acclaimed for their romantic landscapes from 1803 to 1833. Like them, Squirrel traveled in youth to Italy and France and was influenced by the continental style. That he further benefited from training as an architect is evident in his fine streetscapes.

Obviously this would be a fabulous gift for any lover of Shakespeare. The print is in excellent condition, with a contemporary mat and giltwood frame. Frame size is 10" x 12" and the exposed image area is 5 1/4" x 7 3/8". Glazing is regular glass, since we feel the non-glare type kills the colors.

Provenance is a dealer in East Anglia, where Squirrel was born and resided through most of his life. The museum in Ipswich, his native city, houses a large collection of Squirrell paintings, etchings and prints, which are enjoying a booming market throughout England today. Several books were recently written about the artist.

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c1790 Georgian London Print Hand Colored Custom Framed

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Engravings: Pre 1800   item# 570042

c1790 Georgian London Print Hand Colored Custom Framed
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One of my favorite places in London is featured in this beautiful antique engraving: Somerset House. Today it's home to the celebrated collections of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Gilbert Collection and Hermitage Rooms, but it was formerly a star among government office buildings. New when this picture was created, it had been erected as "a great public building, an object of national splendour" to house the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the King's Bargemaster and -- above all -- the Navy Board. The Navy needed a showcase to reflect its growing importance in an era when Britain was almost constantly at war.

The side pictured faces the Thames and we glimpse sailing vessels in the river and pedestrians along the quay, as we look toward St. Paul's dome in the distance. Although the boats have changed, modern visitors still see this imposing facade of Somerset House while riding the ferry between Westminster Pier and Tower Hill.

The beautifully detailed image, which at some point was washed with misty colors, was only matted and dated when we found it in England. It's since been custom-framed to a size of 9 by 10 inches. The soft peachy hue of the wood matches the paper color very well. Considering its age, the image is in superlative condition. High magnification is needed to notice faint darkening in a few areas around the illustration. On the reverse, the brown paper has developed one very small tear. Glazing is regular glass, because the non-glare stuff kills colors.

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2 Hand-Tinted Victorian Costume Prints c 1840, Framed

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Lithographs: Pre 1900   item# 476301

2 Hand-Tinted Victorian Costume Prints c 1840, Framed
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Here's a perfect accent for any Victorian room - a set of fashion plates that beautifully illustrate the styles worn when Queen Victoria was a new bride in her early twenties. They were published in one of the monthly magazines eagerly awaited by chic women all over the world. We acquired the pair, tagged circa 1842, at a Suffolk auction room.

The left-facing model wears a demure evening gown that makes a feature of her shoulders with a dramatic large collar. Its bodice is long and pointed bodice, miles of ruffled trim adorn the bell-shaped skirt and fabric roses appear on the bosom and peek from the depths of the split puffed sleeves. The right-facing model in the illustration titled "Walking Dress" wears a frock decorated with braid and buttoned sleeves, which is covered by a stunning cape made of panels laced together with heavy tasseled cords.

These images are so well detailed we can even study the accessories. Twin bracelets appear by evening and so-called "engageantes" by day. The latter were detachable lacy collars and false undersleeves that were kept freshly laundered and intended to convey refinement. The daytime look also includes a delicate whitework handkerchief and a whimsical bonnet with ribbons, ruffles and roses. In good condition for their age, these prints are highly collectible. We treated them to new ornate giltwood frames around wide suede-like mats. Framed size is an impressive 16" by 13" and the visible image area is about 6 1/4" by 3 3/4". Glazing is standard, since we feel non-glare glass kills colors.

Our price for the pair represents exceptional value. You'd have to pay about as much as this (or more) just for the high-quality mats and frames. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



3 Lovely Hand-Colored 1848 Botanicals Titled in French

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Engravings: Pre 1900   item# 305808

3 Lovely Hand-Colored 1848 Botanicals Titled in French
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From a French or perhaps Belgian horticultural publication, these three finely detailed and richly hand-colored plates feature the "Aconit Tue-Loup (Aconitum lycoctonum L), the "Garance" (Rubia tinctorum L) and the "Argemone du Mexique (Argemone Mexicana L), better known as the Mexican Prickly Poppy. The first two are embellished with wonderful technical minutiae such as seeds and seedpods - in line with the true scientific purpose served by botanical illustration in this era. When improved transportation made it possible for botanists and artists to travel the world together, as our example from Mexico demonstrates, a great age of exploration began.

My passion for this art form is relatively recent, so please tell me, if you recognize the artist's style and/or know in which book or periodical in which works appeared. I've searched the Web for hours in vain, and no clue I can interpret remains on the prints, themselves - which were dated to 1848 in Europe, presumably by the person who removed them from the publication in question. That didn't happen long ago. From their very strong colors, you can see these never were displayed before. Overall condition is absolutely glorious; there's even practically no foxing. They're on that beautiful heavy French paper, with no printing on reverse. On the fronts, besides plant identification, plate numbers appear plus these inscrutable (to me) legends: FL. MED T.I. on the poppy and FL. AGR. & FOR. on the other two.

Prettily double-matted to a size of 10 1/2" to 13 1/2", this great set comes from a French supplier to the English antiques trade. We found them at a shop in Lincolnshire.

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Pair c 1860 Victorian Portrait Prints, Original Frames

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Engravings: Pre 1900   item# 99978

Pair c 1860 Victorian Portrait Prints, Original Frames
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Titled "A Bundle of Charm" (left) and "Maidenhood" (right), these two sweet Victorian engravings come in original frames of ebonized wood and gilt. The frames have the look popular circa 1850-1870, when the Aesthetic Movement favored furnishings lacquered in black to emulate ebony (a style influenced by Japan).

Framed size of each is about 11 1/2" x 13 3/4" and the signature, "Printed by McQueen," appears on both. The image at left is also signed "S. B. Halle" and "F. Holl," while the one at right is signed "J. Simmons" and "W. T. Davey." Frame wear and print discoloration attest to the age of these pictures and, in my opinion, add to their charm. Naturally we've priced the set to reflect imperfections; the cost would be a great deal higher, if they were pristine.

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Romantic Victorian Lady Print in Rare Penwork Frame

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Lithographs: Pre 1900   item# 99909

Romantic Victorian Lady Print in Rare Penwork Frame
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Unmistakably Pre-Raphaelite, this antique print features one of those wistful beauties of the 19th century. It's a really beautiful piece, reproducing Marie Spartali Stillman's painting, "Cloister Lilies." I expect the print is somewhat larger than what we see, since the original has a book below the pink beads and has somewhat wider margins all around. You may want to re-mat it in order to show more.

The current mat is hand-lined and the frame also is hand-deocrated with penwork (a popular Victorian pastime)to present the illusion of a very fine-grained exotic wood. A modern claw for hanging is attached to the frame's leatherette backing, from which an easel mount formerly attached by old cloth tape was evidently removed. Framed measurements are about 10 3/4" x 12 3/4".

Sorry about the glare from the glass; it was too bright a day when we were photographing. Please e-mail if you'd like to see additional pictures. Thanks for looking!



1908 Edwardian Print w/Original Frame: THE DAWN OF LOVE

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Lithographs: Pre 1910   item# 99005

1908 Edwardian Print w/Original Frame: THE DAWN OF LOVE
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This enchanting print, probably reproducing a 19th century pre-Raphaelite original, was published in 1908 and I don't think it's been out of this frame since then! While only minor dings exist on the front of the frame, an old oak one finished in Victorian green, its back clearly reveals antiquity in old paper and string tied between rusty hanging loops. The beautiful print, itself - a medievalist portrait of a beautiful lady - is in marvelous condition, with colors and details still perfectly vivid; the lighter areas you see in the photo are just reflections. The work's title is barely visible in a white area at the bottom of the print, where presumably the artist's name would be found lower. Its date is barely visible in a white area at the top of the print, where I can see "Easter Good Words. 1908." Although I'd love to find out more, it would be a crime to tear into that aged paper backing which absolutely demonstrates authenticity. From England, this is quite a special find! Framed size is 11 3/4" x 16".

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