An original 1835 pen & ink drawing, Edward Ford Baptism, Schiller's Song of the Bell.
An exceptionally fine drawing depicting a baptism scene after an illustration by Moritz Retsch for Friedrich Schiller's poem "The Song of the Bell". On pale blue paper, laid down on a blue-grey paper mount and pale pink backing paper.
Initialled and dated lower right. Inscribed below on the backing paper: "From Retsch's illustration of Schiller's 'Song of the Bell'".
In good condition for its age.
8.5cm x 13.7cm.
This work forms part of an attractive collection of pictures once owned by Elizabeth Hill Winchester Ford, wife of Edward Ford Esq (b.1813) of Enfield Old Park, estate owner and Magistrate for Middlesex and the City of Westminster. Edward Ford wrote 'A History of Enfield in the County of Middlesex', 1873. Many of the works are by Edward Ford himself, a talented artist, and date from 1834 to 1848. Edward Ford was son of John Ford of Morecambe Lodge, Lancashire, and a number of the pictures are scenes in Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire.
Other works in the collection are by figures who were presumably friends of the family, including William Henry Leatham, MP for Wakefield, and artists George Harley (1791-1871) and Edward Kennion (1744–1809). The collection passed to John Walker Ford, son of Edward and Elizabeth, who has annotated a number of the pictures, including information that Edward Kennion was drawing teacher to his grandmother, Elizabeth Walker.
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Product code: JE-353