Group of Miniature Napoleon Cartoons - Five early 19th-century lithographs

An original early 19th-century overpainted lithograph, Collection of Five Napoleon Cartoons.

A whimsical collection in miniature of five lithograph prints, all with hand coloured overpainting, of various depictions of Napoleon - seated, standing and in portrait. Two of the images are laid down on light purple backing paper. 

Unsigned. The portrait image bears a handwritten fragment verso, of what appears to be verses of poetry. Trimmed to the image.
Minor foxing and light age toning throughout all images. Three images of Napoleon standing have glue and paper remnants in the corners verso, due to historical mounting. These three also have additional paper losses to the corners as shown. Otherwise, all in generally good condition for the age.
17.4cm x 23.1cm.

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-856

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