This professionally framed and matted antique hand colored engraving is titled 'Common Hog' and is after a drawing originally executed by Scottish factor/artist James Hope Stewart (1789-1856). The piece was engraved in 1836 by Scottish painter/engraver William Home Lizars (1788-1859) as a part of Sottish naturalist Sir William Jardine's 40 volume "Naturalist's Library: Mammalia, Pachydermes or Thick-Skinned Quadrupeds".
This charming artwork features a large sow standing in a fenced pigsty next to a trough filled with scraps. There are 2 piglets at play to her left and a large domesticated boar with tusks seated to her right. The background depicts a modest thatched roof farmhouse set amongst leafy trees. Page 213 of Volume 23 of the Naturalist's Library indicates that this fine looking pig was 2 years old at the time of Stewart's drawing and was owned by a baker from Kinghorn, a town and parish in Fife, Scotland.
The artwork and frame are in good condition and are ready to hang upon receipt. As an antique, the piece shows appropriate signs of age consisting of even toning to the paper and a very small semicircular loss at the top edge of the engraving which are mentioned for accuracy. The visible portion of the artwork measures 6.375" by 3.75" and the framed dimensions are 13.25" by 10.125".
This lovely antique hand colored engraving would be a wonderful addition to a collection of pieces from the popular Naturalist's Library or works equally well showcased on its own. An appealing antique find!
Antique Common Hog Framed Hand Colored Engraving by WH Lizars