An original early 19th-century overpainted mezzotint, Begging Orphan Children.
A thoughtful mezzotint print, with hand coloured overpainting, of two orphan children begging at the side door of a house. Cut out and laid down on backing paper inscribed with poetry verse below.
Unsigned. Trimmed to the image.
Very minor foxing and light age toning as shown. Small hole to the print near the lower right edge. Vertical crease along the upper left edge. Small hole to the backing paper near the word 'Attend' in the poem.
26.6cm x 20cm.
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-860