Dutch School, Unruly Children in Schoolroom - Early 19th-century mezzotint


An original early 19th-century overpainted mezzotint, Dutch School Unruly Children in Schoolroom.

A humorous mezzotint print, with hand coloured overpainting, of a Dutch schoolroom scene in the manner of Brueghel.

Unsigned. Trimmed to the image.
Overall age toning as shown, possibly due to the historical application of a varnish or gum arabic wash. Small creases to the lower right and left corners. Glue and paper remnants in all four corners verso, due to historical mounting.
15.3cm x 19.9cm.

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-853

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