19th Century European

Horsley's House at Willesley

This is a drypoint etching from 1865. Catalog: Schneiderman 89. State I/II. The scene is of Willesley, the country home of his sister Rosamund and her husband John Calcott Horsley, in Cranbrook, Kent. The plate measures 7 x 9 7/8 inches on 10 1/2 x 13 1/8 inch watermarked laid paper. Pencil signed in the lower right. A well inked impression with a rich drypoint burr. Sir Francis Seymour Haden was one of the most important British etchers of the 19th century, along with his brother in law James Whistler.

Parte della gran Muraglia

A drypoint etching by Giovanni Piranesi. Image measures 14 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches on 22 1/4 x 16 inch paper. The full title is "Parte della gran Muraglia, la quale circondava la grand'Area dell'Ustrino," meaning "Part of the wall which surrounded the crematorium." Original Ferdinand Roten label on mat! From the series, "Le Antichita Romane." C. 1784. Catalog: Ficacci 281. From a later edition. III/IV. Piranesi was an Italian artist and designer, best known for his series of etchings of Ancient Roman ruins, the "Vedute di Roma".

En Plein Soleil (In the Sunlight)

An etching from 1881. This impression is pencil signed in the lower left, with the artist's red stamp in the lower right. It is plate signed in the lower left as well. Plate measures 7 7/8 x 11 3/4 inches on 10 x 14 inch watermarked laid paper. Catalog: Beraldi 45. Edition of 100. This etching has a rich drypoint burr and a wide tonal range. A plate from the album A Portfolio of Autograph Etchings, published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1881; printed by Goulding, London, 1881. The scene depicted is likely of Tissot's garden in St. John's Wood, London.

Great Exhibition, London, 1851

Etching by George Cruikshank, printed from the original plate by L. Calapai in 1968, printer's initials in a blindstamp in the lower right. Plate measures 8 x 9 3/4 inches on 11 x 15 inch wove paper. The scene depicted is of a London street that has come to a standstill due to the volume of people attempting to visit the 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations'.

Fisherman's Hut

Drypoint etching, plate sighed "Ch. Jacques" in the upper left. Plate measures 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches on 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch paper. Charles Jacques was one of the leading artists of the Barbizon school.