Orléans Cathedral, France - Original early 19th-century overpainted lithograph

An original early 19th-century overpainted lithograph, Orléans Cathedral, France.

A lively lithograph print, with hand coloured overpainting, of a carriage driving past Orléans Cathedral, in central France. Verso there are additional lithograph prints, also hand coloured, of various historical figures, cut out and laid down on the paper. 

Unsigned. Inscribed below the image: 'Orléans Cathedral'. Trimmed to the image.
Minor foxing and age toning, particularly around the edges, as shown. Small tear to the lower left edge. Otherwise, in good condition for its age.
20cm x 26.4cm.

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-861

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