Fine antique engraving The Bird Cage by engraver Charles Henry Jeens (English, 1827–1879), after a painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851). Its full title is "The Bird Cage, a scene from Boccaccio." The original painting was done by Turner in the style of Antoine Watteau and Thomas Stothard's Decameron illustrations and he exhibited it at the Royal Academy in 1828. Although this is a seemingly placid subject you can see Turner's hand in the dramatic portrayal of nature as well as of shadow and light. Both the original Turner Bird Cage oil painting and a 1859–61 version of the C. H. Jeens engraving are part of the collection of the Tate museum. Inscription on the page reads as follows:
THE BIRD CAGE, A SCENE FROM BOCCACCIO.
JMW Turner R. A: Pinxt.
C. H. Jeens. Sculpt.
D. Appleton & Co. New York
It comes nicely matted and ready to display in a later frame. In very good used condition with toning, foxing and imperfections mostly concealed by mat. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Frame: 20 1/2" by 16 1/2"; Mat Opening: 11 3/8" by 8 1/8"; Sheet: 14 1/4" by 10 1/8" approximately.
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