Antique 19th Century Miniature Gilt Swept Frame with Victorian Engraving Print Amy Dudley Nee Robsart Sir Walter Scott English Circa 1841
This truly is an exceptionally decorative small frame from the 1840 period. Its highly ornate, gilt gesso molded decoration is rather breathtaking. To the interior of the frame is a charming colored stipple and line engraving which also dates to 1841. The sitter is Amy Dudley (nee Robsart) who was born on the 7th of June 1532 and died on the 8th of September 1560. She was the first wife of Lord Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester. She is most famous for her scandalous and suspicious death by falling down stairs at her home Cumnor Place; her death has attracted several conspiracy theories. The mystery surrounding her death was the subject of William Julius Mickle’s 1770s ballad ‘The Ballad Of Cumner Hall’. Public interest in Amy Dudley’s death was rekindled in the 19th century by Sir Walter Scott’s Novel ‘Kenilworth’; he was inspired by Mickle’s ballad.
The engraving is after the talented portraitist John Hayter (b 1800 – d 1895). The engraver is William Henry Mote (b 1803 – d 1871). The engraving is housed under its original glass set within an ornate gilt gesso frame with wonderful molded detailing.
Measuring: 6.5” (16.5 cm) by 7.5” (19 cm). Engraving 3 2/8” (8.5 cm) by 4 3/8” (11.3 cm).
The item is in good condition. The print is bright and crisp. There is some missing gesso molding to the bottom corner motif and also a small lug of molding missing to the very base edge. A few small areas of touch up to the frame.
This is the perfect conversation piece, a decorative item that will display excellently.
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