Sam Angell After C.B. King, Grandfather's Hobby -Early 19th-century mezzotint

An original early 19th-century overpainted mezzotint, Sam Angell After C.B. King Grandfather's Hobby.

A charming mezzotint print, with hand coloured overpainting, of a little boy playing dress up in his grandfather's clothes, with his toys scattered around him. This print is based on an original oil painting by either the American portraitist Thomas Sully or Charles Bird King, entitled 'Juvenile Ambition or Grandfather's Hobby'.

Unsigned. Lettered below the image: 'Grandfather's Hobby'. Trimmed to the image.
Some minor foxing and age toning, possibly due to the historical application of a varnish or gum arabic wash, as shown. Otherwise, in very good condition.
14.9cm x 11.9cm.

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-852

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