This pencil signed 19th C print by H J Johnstone bears the impressed seal of the "Printsellers Association," active in the UK under this name from 1847 - 1920. Signed in the plate and also in pencil on the left under the printed image. Published by Leggatt Bros. 62 Cheapside, London in 1891, and printed in Germany, this information is printed at the top right just above the printed image.
This lovely image is oh so very late Victorian... and British too. The woman stands in an urban London street with her baby and her basket of violets. The artist shows her as a beautiful waif, hardly more than a child herself, articulating through art, the sympathetic currents of social and class awareness of the plight of the poor emerging at the end of the 19th C.
I'm not sure which is more appealing, the wonderful image of a lovely flower seller with her baby, or the unbelievably intricate and beautiful antique frame, but they complement each other perfectly, a marvelous combination. I am amazed that this frame has survived intact and in such wonderful condition, it is just remarkable with it's bows and garlands, and in a good home it should last another 120 years.
CONDITION is excellent antique, I see only normal age related cracks in the gesso decoration of the frame, but no losses. Please note that the mat color is metallic gold which does not come across completely in the pictures, and that the title of the image, "Sweet Violets" is printed on the mat. Measures 17 ½” x 23" overall including all it's carved gesso decorations. The frame without the top decoration measures 16" x 20" overall. The printed image measures 8 ⅝” x 12 ⅝” - this measurement does not include the border with the artist's pencil signature.
A beautiful piece, sentimental and lovely. Enjoy!
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