Really beautiful hand colored etching produced between 1850 & 1875 by the Belgium etcher Joseph Franck after the original art by Albert Kretcshner.
This is a highly detailed etching, and though it is not shown I believe the title is "The New Trousers". It shows a small boy looking very pleased and parading in his first long pants. A small and lively dog is watching in excitement, and his mother looks on with pride. In the background of this happy domestic scene are many small details including a cat and a mouse, a spinning wheel, and a pile of mending, see photos. The themes are very sentimental and attractive, the room is wonderfully observed, this is a stunning art work.
The etching is in a beautiful gilt cream painted wooden frame, the etching and frame together measure 23" tall by 19" wide. When I purchased this picture the matting and the backing had largely perished so I had these replaced, but I transferred a paper label that had been stuck to the back which gave the following information "This etching was done between 1850 -1875. It is a mixed method, etched over a spirit ground aquatint with hand added colors of yellow, blue and orange. Done by Joseph Franck - 1825- 1883 of Beligan (should be Belgium), an etcher of miscellaneous topics, after the painter Albert Kretcshner 1825 - 1891."
All the information appears correct according to the research I have done, the etching is in excellent condition with just the slightest toning to the paper, and displays beautifully.
This is a really beautiful antique etching of a lovely subject that would be a graceful and lovely focal point for the finest room. Shipping is an estimate, I will ship at actual charges which may be higher or lower depending on location, so please wait for my final invoice before paying.