This is a 1906 engraving by Geo W Barratt. The drawing has a copyright date of 1906 by Life Publishing Co. It is entitled "Their First Breakfast". It is done in gray scale and you can see the impression of the engraving plate around the outside of the picture where it was pressed into the paper. This print is done in the Intaglio method.
Where the areas to be printed are cut or incised into a metal plate by a variety of techniques. Ink is applied to the incisions into the plate and the surface is wiped clean. The print is produced by applying damp paper to the surface and running it through a press, forcing the ink from the incisions. Examples: engraving, etching, aquatint, mezzotint, drypoint. Typically, a plate mark (an indentation in the paper due to the pressure needed to pull the ink out of the incisions) identifies the intaglio process.This engraving is illustrated in a photo in the "The Theatre No 107 January 1910" Magazine. It is in an advertisement from Life Publishing Company selling the reproductions of their prints. This one was priced for 50 cents! They say they are Photo- gravures of the highest possible quality and finish. Neither care nor expense has been spared to obtain the very best artistic results.
What is even more amazing is the piece of cardboard holding the print in the frame. It appears to be a partial advertisment for a series of books. :
HIPPO AND LEOP
IN AFRICA BY
BEGINNING OF A
BY MAURICE HEW
25 CENTS A NUMBER
Since King Leopold was ruling over the Congo during Theodore Roosevelt's time and also in the same timeline as the engraving. I would say this is an original backing that someone used for this frame, too cool! This is in excellent condition.
Measures: FRAME: 12 3/4" w X 14 1/2" L ENGRAVING: 10' w X 11 3/4" L
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