Henry Dawe, My Child! My Child! - Original 1837 overpainted mezzotint


An original 1837 overpainted mezzotint, Henry Dawe My Child! My Child!.

A dramatic coloured mezzotint print, with hand coloured overpainting sealed with varnish, by Henry Edward Dawe of Bartholomew Place, Kentish Town, London, of a sailor swooping in on a rope to rescue a mother and child from the sea. This was one of a series of prints on this subject, one other of which we also have for sale (SKU: JH-842). A similarly painted and varnished 1830 impression of this print is in the collection of the British Museum.

On card laid down on backing paper.

Lettered in the plate upper left. Trimmed to the image.
Superficial scratches to the surface of the varnish, particularly to the lower half of the image as shown. Creasing to the upper right and left, and lower right corners. Wear and paper loss to the backing paper around the periphery verso.
13.3cm x 10cm.

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-838

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