Lady Mermaid Print Post Civil War.
This lovely 1870 art journal engraving is entitled "Water Lilies". It has 2 lovely lasses swimming nude in a secluded cave or grotto. They most certainly resemble mermaids, with long tresses, and have beautiful faces. The paper has a nice aged patina, and the color hues in the engraving are soft black with a hint of sepia. This piece is a large format study, and measures 9.75 x 14.5 inches, and will frame up handsomely. Also included with this study is the page from the art journal that is entitled "The Water-Lily".
Below the title line is the engraver, John Tallis & Company, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, and New York. A short biography of Tallis is shown below: John Tallis (7 November 1817 – 3 June 1876) was an English cartographic publisher. His company, John Tallis and Company, published views, maps and atlases in London from roughly 1838 to 1851, as well as engravings.
Tallis set up as a publisher with Frederick Tallis in Cripplegate in 1842; the business moved to Smithfield in 1846, and was dissolved in 1849. From 1851 to 1854 Tallis operated as John Tallis and Company. He started The illustrated news of the world and national portrait gallery of eminent personages in 1858, selling it for £1,370 in 1861; it folded in 1863.
He lived in New Cross, South East London. His house on New Cross Road is Grade II Listed and has a blue plaque on the wall.
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