Spanish Girl & Her Nurse, after Murillo - Mid-19th-century overpainted mezzotint

An original early 19th-century overpainted mezzotint, Spanish Girl & Her Nurse, after Murillo.

A pleasing mezzotint print, with hand coloured overpainting, of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo's 'Two Woman at the Window' or 'A Spanish Girl and Her Nurse' (1655-60).

Unsigned. Inscribed verso: 'Spanish Girl and Nurse'. Trimmed to the image.
Some wear along the outer edges as shown, with additional small patches of wear in the image, particularly in the window and near the nurse's elbow. Creasing to lower right and left, and upper left corners. Otherwise, in good condition. 
14.8cm x 12.2cm.

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-846

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