This Mezzotint Etching was created in 1918 by Fred Millar, a well known 19th C and early 20th C artist and engraver whose limited edition works were sold by galleries in London and New York. This particular piece is after (John) Terrick Williams ( 1830 - 1936 ), a well listed and successful painter in London.
This lively piece is a particularly colorful etching of a bustling Belgian market scene in the shadow of a great cathedral. Before super markets and big box retailers, this is how we brought food to our tables, caravans and pushcarts lined up to sell produce fresh from the farm. The scene is lively and the colors are vibrant, even a century later.
CONDITION is excellent. Hand colored so no two prints of this plate are exactly alike. The frame is of-the-period, and I believe, original to the piece; it shows its age with wear to the paint and gilding but no damage to the structure or hand carving… it has a beautiful Old World worn patina. Measures 20 1/2" x 19" overall, with a sight size inside the mat of 13 3/4" x 11 13/16".
This is a piece that celebrates a sense of community in a charming and straightforward way. Women with baskets over their arms share news of the day and gossip in the morning sun. Created just after WW1, this is a scene of peace and plenty. Enjoy!