Georgian Mezzotint Droll PAIR Bowles and Carver 1795
A rare small pair of original hand colored gouche mezzotint drolls for your federal period interior. Drolls were comical or whimsical satires based on social, non political situations during the 18th century. This section of the 18th century engraving fraternity was mainly covered by Carrington Bowles 1724-93 ( afterwards known as Bowles and Carver). You can see similar examples held by The British Museum.
Our humorous colored mezzotints depict a pair character full gentlemen in ovals. The first chap is dressed in a vivid blue frock coat with red waistcoat. He smokes a long clay pipe and is looking rather seriously in to the distance. Beneath him the title " AX ABOUT" and as can clearly be seen in our images, Published for and sold by Bowles & Carver, No 69 St.Paul's Churchyard, London. To the bottom left is the sheet number 399 and "Published as the Act Directs 9 Novr 1798". Henry Carrington Bowles II ( son of Carrington Bowles) and Samuel Carver were actively working at this address from 1793-1832.
The second hand colored mezzotint depicts an equally character full gentleman, this time looking off to his right. He is a stocky fellow dressed in a bright red coat with blue waistcoat. He wears his hair en queue (pigtail). Beneath him "What D'ye Stare At" and the same publisher details as his partner, except this is sheet no 398 and a little earlier dated 1795.
Size: 7.5" by 6". Actual visible engraving 6" by 4.5". Both colored mezzotint engravings are historically trimmed within their plate marks to fit period frame.
The frames are all original. One gilded frame never opened, the other has historically lost its original backing paper and has modern replacement nails to secure.
Condition: All original with some dust trapped under the glass in the corners, general dulling to the gilt frames. A small five cents area of darkening to Ax About's title.
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