Rare Early 19th Century Engravings Nursery Prints Mid Summer Holydays First Step In Life By D Gerolimo Circa 1805
This scarce pair of miniature hand colored engravings or nursery prints date to the very start of the 19th century, circa 1800-1810. They are an absolutely charming pair and perfect if you appreciate the Jane Austen period in English history. We adore the detail crammed in to each print. It is evident that the Georgian method of raising of children was not so very different to that of today. Holyday was a derision of the old English word Halig Daeg dating back until at least the 12th century, when it related to a day of rest on the Sabbath Day (Sunday). After the mid 1850's taking the form of any recreational rest day from work - holiday / vacation.
One of the engravings is titled “Mid Summer Holydays” and features a mother and her children in the drawing room. The partner engraving is titled “First Step In Life” and features a mother and father teaching their child to walk. Both prints after the original paintings of D. Gerolimo, both prints were printed in small numbers as part of a set of six depicting family virtues. Both of the engravings are housed behind old glass enclosed within their original stained softwood frames.
Measuring: Frame 6 3/8” (16 cm) by 4 4/8” (11.3 cm). Engraving 5 3/8” (13.7 cm) by 3 4/8” (9 cm).
Condition: These are over 200 years old and therefore will have some minor age related issues. Both engravings trimmed to fit frames, no publisher or printers details are visible. The engraving titled “Mid Summer Holydays” has a tear to the paper as seen in our images. There is some minor darkening to the paper near the children. There are two very small tears in the paper to the left and right of the title. The bottom half of the paper of “First Step In Life” has perished a little and there is an old woodworm hole in the center of the infants yellow dress. The frames have a wonderful dry patina - all original.
A delicious pair in untouched condition. The perfect addition to your folk art collection or what a superb Christening gift for new parents..
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