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This is a wonderfully all original hand coloured engraving, it is a charmer, and quintessentially English. This original engraving came from an English Country estate sale, it is fresh to the market in over 60 years!!
This humorous engraving is titled ‘The Parson returning from Tything, or the old sow following her young one’ and depicts the English parson riding his horse returning from his parish (Tything). He has had a fruitful visit to his parishioners, as they have gifted him all manner of edible goods, including the young piglet tucked under his saddle. The piglet's mother is in hot pursuit!! The scene has some wonderful little details; we particularly like the basket of fresh eggs and the milestone reading ‘LXV miles from London.’
There were several variations of this scene published during the late 18th to early 19th century. Notice how the Parson is a larger gentleman; we know that those who worked in the Church were typically financially comfortable as the Church paid well. The engraving really gives you an insight into life during the 18th century in the more rural areas of England.
This original engraving with impressed plate marks seen to the bottom was published by Robert Sayer at 53 Fleet Street, London.
Robert Sayer (b 1725 – d 1794) was a leading publisher and seller of prints, maps and maritime charts in Georgian Britain. He was based near the Golden Buck on 53 Fleet Street in London.
The engraving is housed behind old bubbled glass and in its original stained wood frame with original top suspension hanger. The frame has the MOST gorgeous original, dry patina. This frame has not been opened for well over 100 years. On the back of the frame we find old newspaper backing dating to 1897! Even more impressive than that is the absolutely stunning framer's label for 'Hugh Richards, Carver & Gilder of 279 Strand, opposite Norfolk Street, London'.
This is a fabulous, original artwork that is perfect for anyone who loves all things Georgian, or all things ecclesiastical!
Measuring: Frame width 12 7/8 inch (32.5 cm) by height 10 inch (25.5 cm). Aperture width 10.25 inch (26 cm) by height 7.5 inch (19 cm).
Condition: Some light perforation to the top of paper just below the frame overhang.
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18th Century Rare Georgian Engraving, Original Frame, The Parson Returning, By Robert Sayer Circa 1790
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