Henry Dawe, My Child! My Child! - Original 1837 overpainted mezzotint


An original 1837 overpainted mezzotint, Henry Dawe My Child! My Child!.

A dramatic coloured mezzotint print, with hand coloured overpainting sealed with varnish, by Henry Edward Dawe of Bartholomew Place, Kentish Town, London, of a mother attempting to keep her baby afloat after they have been shipwrecked at sea. This was one of a series of prints on this subject, one other of which we also have for sale (SKU:JH-838). A similarly painted and varnished 1830 impression of this print is in the collection of the British Museum.

On card laid down on backing paper.

Lettered in the plate lower right. Trimmed to the image.
Some superficial scratches to the surface of the varnish, particularly in the centre and to the left side edge, as shown. Some varnish creasing visible in the lower right corner. Otherwise, in good condition.
10cm x 13.1cm.

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-842

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