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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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Victorian Print Signed by Hine 1858 MAGIC LANTERN

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Lithographs: Pre 1900   item# 587296

Victorian Print Signed by Hine 1858 MAGIC LANTERN
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English artist Henry George Hine was both a painter and an illustrator for magic lantern shows - working with the Royal Polytechnic Institution and top slide painters like H.L. Childe and W. R. Hill, who photographically reduced Hine's large watercolors to 7" x 6" slides, hand-coloured them and added special effects. They'd have been creating film animations today!

Our charming Hine print captures all the gaiety and wonder of Magic Lantern Night in a Mid-Victorian parlor. The faces of young and old wear such smiles of delight that this is sure to raise your spirits, every time you see it.

Apparently signed (in pink) both by Hine and M. Jackson, presumably the colorist, this treasure is in super condition and already nicely matted - to a size of about 13" x 11 1/4", with a visible image of about 9" x 7". There's printing on the reverse, but it doesn't show through. I expect it's taken from the "London Illustrated News," which published art meant to be framed and enjoyed. Provenance is an antiques shop in East Anglia. If interested in another scene of Victorian family festivity, please see our "Christmas Tree" print from the same source and era. They'd look wonderful, framed to match and hung together.

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Charming 1858 Hand-Colored Christmas Print by Pasquier

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Lithographs: Pre 1900   item# 587293

Charming 1858 Hand-Colored Christmas Print by Pasquier
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All the delights of a Victorian Christmas are here: the candle-lit tree, the heap of toys, the garland 'round the picture, the tankards on the sideboard, the warmth and friends and family and, of course, the beautifully dressed and appropriately awed children.

Titled "The Christmas Tree", this is a truly gorgeous scene - drawn by James Abbott Pasquier (who would illustrate novels of Thomas Hardy), and then vividly hand-colored by someone exceedingly talented. It's probably from the "London Illustrated News" and there's printing on the reverse, but it doesn't show through. These were published to be framed and enjoyed.

Condition of this print is excellent and it's already nicely matted to a size of about 13 1/4" x 11", with a visible image area about 9" x 7". Provenance is an antiques shop in East Anglia. If interested in another scene of Victorian family festivity, please see our "Magic Lantern" print from the same source and era. They'd be lovely framed to match and hung together.

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c 1790 Georgian Hand-Colored Print - London View

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

c 1790 Georgian Hand-Colored Print - London View
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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 in storage. 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!



1893 Lord Mayor's Day Parade Print, Framed

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Photographs: Pre 1900   item# 308241

1893 Lord Mayor's Day Parade Print, Framed
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Here's a fabulous vignette of Late Victorian London: William Logsdail's photo of the 1893 Lord Mayor's Day procession, as printed by "The Art Journal" with gorgeous clarity. Besides capturing a myriad of onlookers' reactions and the bewilderment of a small dog that strayed onto the parade route, this charming piece of history will answer every question you've ever had about what was being worn that season. The costumes are all here, from lavish livery to stovepipe hats and bonnets to footwear.

This event, BTW, has been taking place annually since 1215, with a few lapses during the Reformation and in years of plaque and fire, etc. The occasion falls on the 9th of November, when the lord mayor of London is inaugurated. The idea originated from a stipulation made in a charter granted by King John. The citizen chosen as mayor was to be presented to the king or his justice for approval, and the crowd who accompanied the mayor on horseback to Westminster developed into a pageant, each year growing more elaborate. Subsequent mayors rode, walked or arrived by water, until a mayor's tumble from horseback in 1711 led to introduction of a coach. The gilded one seen here was used from 1757 until 1896, when a replica was built to replace it.

The 1893 print, as you see, if is in excellent condition. Its much newer silvered wood frame, measuring about 14 1/2" x 12 1/2," shows very minor signs of wear.

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Charming 1916 Duotone by T.C. Dugdale, Framed

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Lithographs: Pre 1920   item# 308224

Charming 1916 Duotone by T.C. Dugdale, Framed
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Thomas Cantrell Dugdale(1880-1952) was a popular English painter and illustrator. This print - titled "East and West" - was created rather early in his career, during the transitional period between Edwardian and Art Deco eras. As you see, it juxtaposes the pert European miss at top left with a languid veiled lady attended by her servant. Interestingly, he was married in the same year as this picture is dated to Amy Browning, a distinguished artist and suffragette, so one expects there's more than a bit of Amy in that lively Western girl with the tall boots and riding crop.

As you know, the Victorians and Edwardians were intrepid travelers who published fascinating accounts of their encounters with exotic places. This is no doubt a plate from one of those valuable, long out-of-print books about North Africa or the Middle East.

The print is really a cutie and in great condition. Its pretty gilt frame doesn't have much age, but the style is right for the period. Framed size is about 11" x 13" and provenance is a Suffolk auction room.

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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 c1860 Victorian Portrait Prints, Original Frames

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

Pair c1860 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; 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!


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