Prince of Wales & Duke of York-Original early 19th-century overpainted mezzotint


An original early 19th-century overpainted mezzotint, Prince of Wales & Duke of York.

An intriguing mezzotint print, with hand coloured overpainting, of the meeting between the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York, also known as the 'Princes in the Tower'.

Unsigned. Lettered on a separate fragment of paper: 'The Meeting between the P. of Wales & D. of York'. Trimmed to the image.
Darkening and age toning as shown, due to the historical application of a varnish or gum arabic wash. Small crease to the upper left corner. Small paper loss to the lower left corner. Glue and paper remnants in all corners verso, due to historical mounting.
13.2cm x 8.3cm.

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-837

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