A particularly colorful etching of a bustling Belgian market scene in the shadow of a great cathedral. Before super markets and big box retailers, this is how we brought food to our tables, caravans and pushcarts lined up to sell produce fresh from the farm. The scene is lively and the colors are vibrant, even a century later.
This Mezzotint Etching was created in 1918 by Fred Millar, a well known 19th C and early 20th C artist and engraver whose limited edition works were sold by galleries in London and New York. This particular piece is after (John) Terrick Williams ( 1830 - 1936 ), a well listed and successful painter in London.
CONDITION is grand, the plate mark is clear inside the mat, and the piece is pencil signed by Fred Millar at the lower right. Hand colored so no two are exactly alike... even the subtle faux French mat. The frame is of-the-period, and I believe, original to the piece with an appealingly worn surface, difficult to tell if it's genuine wear or skillful antiquing... in any case, it has an Old World patina that compliments the subject. Measures 20 1/2" x 19" overall, with a sight size inside the mat of 13 3/4" x 11 13/16".
This is a piece that celebrates a sense of community in a charming and straightforward way. Women fill their market baskets and pause a moment to share news of the day and gossip in the morning sun. Created in 1918, just after WW1, this is a scene of peace and plenty. Enjoy!
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