This desirable small hand coloured mezzotint dates to the late 18th century, circa 1795. Please see The British Museum for an identical example, they also house similar examples by the famous 18th century printer and engraver, J Stampa, P and P Gally and of course John Fairburn.
Our allegorical engraving is titled “Faith” and features a full length female wearing a classical robe holding a cross and a chalice. An extremely popular depiction during the late 18th century for naval art and mourning jewelry. This was a time of World naval battles to conquer the trading routes and overseas territories. The hand colored engraving is housed under wonderful old wavy and bubbled and sits within an equally wonderful slightly later, circa 1820's very weathered lemon gilt frame.
Measuring: Frame 6 7/8” (17.5 cm) by 8.25” (21 cm). Frame depth 0.75” (2 cm). Aperture 5 1/8” (13 cm) by 6.5” (16.5 cm).
Condition: The mezzotint is in good condition, historically trimmed to fit the frame. There are three tiny holes less than 1/16” holes to the paper. We have not opened this piece - there is some very minor debris behind the glass. The frame is perfectly stable but, it has many old surface chips to the Gesso and old cream paint repairs over the exposed Gesso.
This is a decorative item that is perfect for anyone who loves Georgian antiques, we particularly like the weathered frame as it has a gorgeous faded grandeur look and feel.
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