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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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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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On hold. $180. 

Reduced from $225.

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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$175
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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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