Original early 19th-century Pin-Prick Picture - Young Lady with Feathered Turban

An original early 19th-century pin-prick picture, Young Lady.

This is an exquisite example of a antique pin-prick picture, a now rare art form of the late 18th and early 19th century. In combination with painted elements, the figure's white robes have been created by meticulously pricking holes in the paper. The undulating surface of the paper creating the effect of shape and shadow, has been produced by varying whether the pricks are made from the front or the back of the sheet, and by the varying density of pricks.

By the end of the 18th century, working in paper using a variety of techniques was a favourite pastime of the genteel classes - the paper-prick image being one of the most challenging techniques. Examples of such work can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

In watercolour and pin-prick on paper laid down on card.

Signed lower left on backing card.
In good condition for its age. There are paper and glue remnants on the verso, from historically being laid down. The picture may have minor imperfections, such as slight marks, toning, foxing, creasing or pinholes, commensurate with age. Please see photos for detail.
11.6cm x 8.9cm.

This work is a delightful example of a Victorian 'friendship picture' and is one of a collection of such works that we have for sale. Varied and often small in scale, they represent the Victorian art of collecting original artworks as mementoes of friendship and exchange. As such, they take on a particularly intimate charm and reflect the relationships and interests of their past owners. The works of art would often meditate on the value of friendship, communicating values of loyalty and steadfastness, and feature a whole range of subjects and media – including botanical and animal studies, nautical scenes, landscapes, military subjects and small portraits – all with some personal connection to the owner. Taken as a whole, these works are a fascinating record of Victorian popular tastes and culture.

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Product code: JM-371

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