Hector Giacomelli Mice Mouse Print Chromolithograph.
This sweet image was entitled A Foot of Mice and is by the Victorian artist Hector Giacomelli (see photograph and biography). Giacomelli is most well known for his images of birds and small animals. The artwork is just perfect on this gathering of mice, seen almost as if they are all engaged in some type of conversation, posed so endearingly.
The print is housed in a composite burnished gold frame with scroll and bead work. It is a half yardlong measuring 10.25 x 17.25 inches. It is very scarce, and was issued in a lady's fashion pattern magazine of the early 1890's called Demorest's. It is a chromolithograph and all the colors align in perfect register. The print is in VG condition with very little wear and the frame is also in VG condition, ready to hang. Please excuse any glass glare in the photographs. The background has a grey green tint, and the mice are white, grey, and flesh pink toned.
Hector Giacomelli biography:
Hector Giacomelli was born in Paris on April 1, 1822 and died in Menton on December 1, 1904. He was a French watercolorist, engraver and illustrator, best known for his paintings of birds.
His Italian father, a professor of singing, was first an engraver before becoming an industrial designer for the goldsmith of jewelry. When he was 30 years old, a serious illness forced him to go away from Paris. He then started to draw and paint plants, insects and birds around his new and spectacular house. Making lots of money in Paris, he developed a passion for the work of Auguste Raffet, which he published the catalog "racist" in 1862. He worked with Gustave Doré, for which he composed ornaments like "The Holy Bible according to the Vulgate", published in 1866. He contributed drawings to several newspapers, such as The World illustrated, The Store picturesque and Illustration. He also privately illustrated books that brought him wealthy bibliophiles. He was one of the organizers of the exposition of the century prints of 1887 and Section retrospective of Fine Arts, the Universal Paris Exposition of 1889.