Lily of the Valley Poem Scroll -Original mid-19th-century overpainted lithograph


An original early 19th-century overpainted lithograph, Lily of the Valley Poem Scroll.

A handsome lithograph print, with hand coloured overpainting, of a poetry scroll surrounding with Lily of the Valley blossoms and leaves, with a poem addressing the same topic. There is a 'J. Whatman 1833' watermark running vertically along the right side.

Unsigned. Trimmed to the image.
Minor foxing and light age toning as shown. Horizontal light toning marks throughout the backing paper, possibly due to an image on the overleaf in the album. Small abrasion/minor hole in the paper in the upper left quadrant. Glue and paper remnants in all four corners verso, due to historical mounting. Otherwise, in good condition.
21.9cm x 18.1cm.

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-858

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