"To possess a few of his [Bartolozzi] famous stipple engravings makes any man's study a place of pride and pleasure, and the possessor himself a person to be envied by his friends. For these engravings have not only steadily increased in commercial value — which, after all, is one test of artistic immortality — but they are now prized by students of engraving as the most perfect and beautifu lexpression of what is now nearly a forsaken art — the stipple being little used as a means of reproduction. Although itcannot be claimed (though it is often, and wrongly, claimed) that Bartolozzi introduced thisform of engraving to England, he stands alone as the pre-eminent master of it . . . ." Bailrich (UC Berkeley archive)
A fine example of Bartolozzi's print making showing playful Cupids with good colors and beautifully framed with a penciled numeral 29 just visible on the lower edge. Size: sight: 32 x 38.5 cms. plate 19.2 x 32.5 cms. The colors are truest in the first 3 photos but these have been taken through glass.
Condition: Some browning to the paper visible also some corrugation -- we have not examined the work out of the frame.
Despite the old label, we judge this to be a stipple engraving.
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18th Century Print Francesco Bartolozzi Cupids