This is a wonderful antique handcolored mezzotint done by George Henry Phillips after the famous painting by Sir Lawrence Thomas of the British Royal Academy. This print, circa 1839, is an absolutely luscious mezzotint done by the hand of an expert. The coloration brings to life this poignant image of the young master in his red velvet suit sitting on a rocky niche. The treatment to the handtinting makes the velvet truly tactile and forms a wonderful juxtaposition against the naturalistic setting. It looks like fabric! Sir Thomas painted this image in 1825 for Lord Durham (the young Master Charles' father) His commission fetched 600 guineas and this painting is regarded as one of his best portraits. Young Master Lambton was the son of John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham and Louisa Elizabeth Grey (daughter of Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl of Grey). Charles was born on Jan. 16, 1818 and died on Dec. 24 1831. He died at the tender age of 13. George Phillips, the artist of this mezzotint was well known in this genre and a couple of his mezzotints are housed in the National Portrait Gallery as well as in the British Prints Collection in the Dept of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University. This fine piece comes matted and framed in a later 1920's period carved gold gilt frame with egg and dart treatment to the molding. It measures 16" by 11" overall. The image area is 8 1/8" by 10 1/2".