An original early 19th-century overpainted mezzotint, Little Girl Cuddling a Lamb.
A charming mezzotint print, with hand coloured overpainting, of a little girl cuddling a baby lamb.
Unsigned. Trimmed to the image.
Overall age toning, likely due to the historical application of a gum arabic wash, as shown. Glue and paper remnants in all corners verso, due to historical mounting. Otherwise, in very good condition.
12.1cm x 9.8cm.
This is one of a group of Victorian overpainted prints that we have for sale. The art of hand-colouring prints is a little-studied but distinct discipline, requiring skill and flair to be done successfully. Typically executed in watercolour or gouache, hand-colouring increases the impact of a black-and-white image, and can transform a print into something unique and personal. The painting of these prints is more extensive, detailed and vibrant than typical hand-colouring, meaning that, whilst originating as mezzotints or lithographs, many of these pictures appear almost as paintings in their own right.
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Product code: JH-839