A nineteenth century gentleman deep in thought, searching for the answer to an obviously vexing problem, is the subject of this etching, created in the late 1870's by artist Leon Richeton (1854-1934) after the original painting by Scottish artist ERSKINE NICOL (1825-1904). The artist was born in Edinburgh and taught in Ireland in the years surrounding the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840's. He spent many years of his artistic career addressing the many injustices inflicted upon the Irish people. By 1855 Nicol was made an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, and my 1866, an academician at the Royal Academy. He also exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy. The artist painted many fine traditional oils of genre scenes which leave us a rich record of life in the British Isles in the mid and late nineteenth century. This etching measures 12 1/2" by 8 3/4" inside the mat, and 19" by 15" as framed. It is signed "Nicol" and dated 1877 in the plate at lower right (hard to see, since that corner of the image is quite dark). Foxing is widely present in the margins as is commonly seen with works of this age. It would all be hidden by a wider mat. Allow for reflections in the glass in some images. .
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