Offered for sale is a pair of significant and rare, late 18th. century, prints ( mezzo-prints ) of paintings by the The Reverend Matthew William Peters who was Chaplain to The Price Regent- who later was crowned George IV of England. I purchased these prints depicting two of his paintings from an estate two decades ago and had them put under protective glass. They were trimmed to the edge, as is often the case for such early prints. These were mounted in their present frames around 1930. I only had safety and light resistant glass added to protect these valuable works from any sun damage. As is often the situation when turning a print carefully over there was the hand written name of the artist and the printer: "Printed by Simon, Painted by Rev Peters" on the back of the print. I've put a pic of the original cardboard backing up for you to see. I spent several hundred dollars mounting these under protective glass and It was just a matter of research from there on to further garner information -match the style, character, and subject for both the artist and the printer/publisher. These are significant prints, a prided addition to any wall. I had the prints re-framed with new safety glass but kept their original Westminster frames which are IMO perfect for Fine Arts.
The two individual prints are illustrations created by Peters for publisher John Boydell (1719 -1804). Some of the illustrations by Peters were scenes from Shakespeare's plays and John Milton's "Paradise Lost". The illustrations may be from "Much Ado about Nothing" or perhaps "Tom Jones"]. Regarding size and condition, the frames are matching in very good to excellent condition and they measure 27.5 x 21 inches with the prints in rectangular planes measuring 19.25 x 14.5 inches, each. The prints are approx. 20" x 15.25", trimmed to abt. .75 inches all around. They are trimmed to the edge. There are very small holes to the one print of the single boy that I've shown in pictures and do not consider invasive. I had this one print backed with a color to help make these invisible. There is some foxing with minimal streaking to both. All of this can be taken out by restoration. The artist: The Reverend Matthew Wm. Peters was an accomplished portrait and history painter in addition to his religious vocation. He studied art at the Academy of Design in Dublin. He gained a premium from the Society of Arts in 1759. He was elected to the Royal Academy as an associate in 1771 and became an academician in 1777. One of his ecclesiastical posts was as chaplain to the Prince Regent-George The Fourth.
The Engraver :
Jean Pierre Simon [1764-1813] By 1790, Simon had established himself as one of England's finest stipple engravers.
The camera flash will always show some streaking that is just reflection.
Pricing is for the pair, of course. Thank you.