Female Society Beauties -Pair of early 19th-century overpainted lithographs


A pair of early 19th-century overpainted lithographs, Female Society Beauties.

A pair of sophisticated lithograph prints, with hand coloured overpainting, of two fashionable ladies, likely representing literary or historical figures. The style of these works imply that they were likely part of a 'beauty book' that paired images of beautiful women, sometimes fictional or drawn from popular society beauties, with descriptive poetry and prose - a type of fashionable journal common to the 1820s and 30s.

Unsigned. Trimmed to the image.
Minor foxing and overall age toning on both images as shown. Both have creasing to the lower left corners, as well as glue and paper remnants in the corners verso.  Otherwise, in good condition for their age.
18.6cm x 28.4cm.

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-854

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