Sailboats on Stormy Sea - 1848 overpainted mezzotint with original poetry verso

An original 1848 overpainted mezzotint, Sailboats on Stormy Sea with original poetry verso.

A captivating mezzotint print, with hand coloured overpainting, of ships rocking on a stormy sea, cut out and laid down on a folio containing two works of original poetry. Verso, there is a poem written by a George S. Carey written on the occasion of the death of the author's wife Sarah. Inside there is a poem titled 'Music' with an inscription reads that it was written by a 'Robert Ravenshaw Rogers' at Thorley Hall in Hertfordshire in 1818. Robert Ravenshaw Rogers was an architect, son of the architect John Rogers, esq. who built Bollin Tower in Cheshire. Little is known about him, but at some point he emigrated to Australia, where he had a successful architecture practice, marrying a Hannah Theobolds in Melbourne in 1851.  His work can still be seen in Fitzrovia, London, and in Melbourne, Australia. We have additional original poetry manuscripts by Rogers, which are available for sale separately (JH-714).

Some foxing and age toning, particlarly around the edges of the paper, as shown. Vertical creasing along the right or inner edge, with accompanying small staple holes, due to previous historical binding in an album. Some creasing to the outside corners. 
26.7cm x 43cm.

This work comes from an intriguing album of pictures inscribed (in a fine copperplate hand) Mary Ann Hawke, and dated 1835. This is likely to be Mary Hawke (neé Pearse), who lived from 1810 to 1895, and who was born in Devon but emigrated to New Zealand. As well as paintings and drawings by a variety of hands, the collection also includes some original handwritten poetry verses by Robert Ravenshaw Rogers, a successful English architect who emigrated to Australia. These paintings show the wide range of treatments of floral subjects that were popular in the mid-nineteenth century. While some are relatively naturalistic studies of single plants, others are relatively stylised. Some show a variety of flowers arranged decoratively in posies. A few even create something of a 3D-effect, with cut out images superimposed on a painted background. Taken together, these works provide a fascinating picture of popular taste at the beginning of the Victorian era. 

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Product code: JH-859

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