Here is a great Antique Engraving of of Washington Irving for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep it for yourself!
This Antique Engraving is in very nice condition and is in a vintage wood frame. The engraving is entitled, "A Scene at Wiseton". The engraving was done by William Henry Simmons after a painting by Richard Ansdell. The piece is hand colored. The original engraving was published by Thomas Andrew in 1844. Cannot say if this engraving is an original or a restrike, you be the judge before acquiring. Our opinion that this is a later restrike.
Very nice coloring and details still to the engraving. The scene captures a prize bull with a carrier and three other gentleman. Two dogs, one standing, another sitting in the engraving.
The engraving is in a nice vintage wood frame. The frame is done in gold and black paint. Where there is some finish loss, the color shows as red beneath. The frame has an antique white and greenish blue matting around the engraving. The glass is intact, no cracking or blistering. The hanging wire is on the frame. The piece is sealed up with paper on the back, some watermarks on the bottom corners that did not come thru to the front.
The piece was framed and matted by the Gilbert Gallery of Houston and Dallas, TX. The label on the back of the piece says the engraving is a restrike from the old plate and hand colored as we surmised above.
The Framed Engraving is 35.5" tall, by 39.5" across, by 1-1/16" wide. The engraving showing thru the matting is 24" tall by 28-1/8" across. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
The pictures provided both complement and supplement the listing description, so please look at them very closely as well. With old items, there is no way one can capture all the little imperfections in words, so the two media are meant to be the full description.
Make sure that this item meets your needs and requirements before deciding to acquire it. The item can be returned, there is a 10% restocking fee to do so. So, please carefully review all the attached pictures, ask all the questions you have, come see in person or send a friend to see the item on your behalf, prior to deciding to acquire it.
Some information about the engraving and the engraver;
Lord Spencer standing with a greyhound in a field talking to two gentlemen beside his bull, another man standing behind it at right.
Inscribed beneath image with title.
John Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer (1782 - 1845) was a leading Reform politician. Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1830 and 1834, Spencer was involved in the passing of the Great Reform Bill (1832) and the Factory Act (1833). Spencer was a notable cattle-breeder and the first president of the Royal Agricultural Society. He lived at Wiseton Hall, Nottinghamshire.
William Henry Simmons (1811 - 1882) was a British engraver of mixed method mezzotints and engravings with etching. He worked from 42 Robert Street, Hampstead Road, London and 42, Mornington Place, London.
Richard Ansdell (1815 - 1885) was a sporting and animal painter, a draughtsman on wood and etcher. He trained with portrait painter W. C. Smith; moved from Liverpool to London in 1847; and was elected to the Royal Academy in 1870.
Some information about the engraver, W H Simmons;
William Henry Simmons
William Henry Simmons (11 June 1811 – 10 June 1882 London) was a mezzotint engraver,
Simmons became a pupil of William Finden, the line engraver, but eventually he almost entirely abandoned that style of the art for mezzotinto, in which he attained a high degree of excellence.
Simmons died, after a short illness, at 247 Hampstead Road, London, on 10 June 1882, and was buried in Highgate cemetery.
Several of his best-known plates are after pictures by Thomas Faed. After Edwin Landseer he engraved Rustic Beauty (the single figure of a girl from the Highland Whisky Still).
'Mixed method' engraving after George Henry Boughton - Too Near the War-Path
Other works by him are
The Light of the World and Claudio and Isabella, after William Holman Hunt;
The Proscribed Royalist, The Parable of the Lost Piece of Money, and Rosalind and Celia, after John Everett Millais;
Broken Vows, after Philip H. Calderon;
The Blind Beggar, after J. L. Dyckmans;
Luff, Boy, after James Clarke Hook;
Hesperus, In Memoriam, Mors Janua Vitæ, and Thy Will be done, after Joseph Noel Paton;
The Marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales, after William Powell Frith;
Boswell's Introduction to Dr. Johnson, after Eyre Crowe;
Christ weeping over Jerusalem, after Charles Lock Eastlake;
An Old Monarch, A Humble Servant, An Old Pensioner, and the small plate of The Horse Fair, after Rosa Bonheur;
The Triumph of Christianity over Paganism, after Gustave Doré.
He engraved also many plates from paintings by Thomas Brooks, Henry O'Neil, George B. O'Neill, George Henry Boughton, Philip Richard Morris, Richard Ansdell, Henry Le Jeune, James Sant, Frank Stone, Edouard Frère, and others.
Simmons left unfinished The Lion at Home,'after Rosa Bonheur, which was completed by Thomas Lewis Atkinson. His engravings appeared at the Royal Academy between 1857 and 1882.
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