We are pleased to offer this delightfully original Regency era etching contained in its original frame. It is ancient with signs of age but it is utterly charming in every way. Of small proportions this comical little etching is sure to charm. Printed on India paper we see an original etched engraving by R Cruikshank, published by S Russell in 1815. We see a highly detailed scene of a country farmer protecting his two daughters from the advances of a city servant. With script below the etching that reads
" The servant started back a few paces, at sight of the tremendous fist which the farmer clenched" Pinxt 15
We would think that the humorous scene indirectly makes reference to the aftermath of the French revolution when equality was strove for across the channel in France. But here in Great Britain class was still of the utmost importance and one did not marry below one's social standing!!
Housed within its original pale gilded over Gesso frame which has retained its old wavy and bubbled glass. As was common, the engraving would have been trimmed to fit the frame.
Size: 7.25" by 5.25".
Condition: All original but as you can see some minor issues. The original paper has a damaged corner top right, a hole at 3 o'clock and a nibbled edge at 2 o'clock. The India paper has both darkened and faded in patches with age. The pale gilt frame has surface abrasion to reveal the under Gesso.
However, for the antique purist like ourselves, this is all to be expected with its vast age, it is a charming example that is ready to hang and admire.
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