This rare and decorative reverse print on glass dates to the late 18th century, to the year 1796. The scene features a young Georgian lady fishing on the banks of a river. The print is housed in its original stained wood Hogarth frame with remnants of old Georgian wallpaper to the backing board. This is an enchanting scene complete with old bubbled wavy glass and our favorite details is a hint of her Georgian red silk shoe. This is the perfect item for a Georgian period enthusiast, fishing collector or costume enthusiast.
The print was published by Haines and Son after Robert Dighton. This is a rare example; we have only found one example of the print which we have listed at the bottom of the page, finding a hand colored reverse mezzotint of this scene is very rare. We believe that the print refers to an 18th century song, later performed as a theatrical play.
At the bottom of the print we find a delightful poem which reads: ‘The streamlet that flow’d rounder her cot, All The charms of my Emily Knew; How oft has its course been forgot, While it paus’d her dear image to view. Believe me the fond silver tide, From whence it Deriv’d the fair price; For silently swelling with pride, It reflected her back to the Skies.’
The publisher details are a little hard to read as they have slipped slightly in the frame, they read ‘London. Published Feb 16th 1796 by Haines and Son No. 19 Rolls Buildings Fetter Lane.’ Haines and Son were active in the late 18th century and predominantly produced mezzotints mainly using newly commissioned drawings by Dighton.
Please see Museum Number 2010,7081.1016 in the British Museum’s Online Collection for an example of the uncoloured print.
Measuring: Frame width 12 inch (30 cm) by height 15.75 inch (40 cm). Frame depth 075 inch (2 cm). Aperture width 9.5 inch 9 (24 cm) by height 13.5 inch (34 cm).
Condition: Minor surface wear to the frame, minor section of lifting at 3 o clock.
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