Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Samuel Cousins’ etching (with other intaglio processes), “Pomona”, 1882, after John Everett Millais


Hand-signed by John Everett Millais (1829–96) and Samuel Cousins (1801–87)
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Samuel Cousins (1801–87)
“Pomona”, 1882, after the painting of the same name by John Everett Millais (1829–96) (see https://www.wikiart.org/en/john-everett-millais/pomona), published by Arthur Tooth (fl.1868–1976) and The Fine Art Society (est. 1876)

Mixed intaglio methods (viz. mezzotint, etching, engraving, aquatint [?] and stipple engraving) on cream chine collé on wove paper with wide margins, hand-signed in pencil by Millais and Cousins and dry stamped by the Printsellers’ Association.

Size: (sheet) 65 x 51.5 cm; (plate) 54.3 x 40.3 cm; (chine collé) 52.5 x 38.2 cm; (image borderline) 45.3 x 33 cm

State: proof impression of state ii (of ii?) (Note: the first state has the following line of text above the image borderline that has been partly erased in this impression: "London, Published Oct. 2nd. 1882 by Arthur Tooth & Sons 5 & 6, Haymarket S.W. & The Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, Copyright Registered, Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1882 by Messrs. Knoedler & Co. in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.")

Signed below the image by both the painter and the engraver; lettered below the image "Painted by J.E. Millais, R.A. / London, Published Oct. 2nd. 1882 by Arthur Tooth & Sons 5 & 6, Haymarket S.W. & The Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, Copyright Registered, Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1882 by Messrs. Knoedler & Co. in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington. / Engraved by S. Cousins, R.A."; with a Printsellers' Association stamp (Lugt 2050), with the code "OIW".

Whitman 1904 220.ii (Alfred Whitman 1904, “Nineteenth Century Mezzotiners: Samuel Cousins”, London, George Bell & Sons)

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“A little girl standing in profile beside an apple barrow, holding an apple in one hand, gathering her apron in the other, turning her head to look slightly towards the viewer, in an orchard; after Millais; artist's proof. 1882 Mixed method on chine collé” (http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=1608612&partId=1&searchText=Samuel+Cousins+POMONA&page=1)

The curator of the BM offers the following reference: “Regarding the publication by Arthur Tooth of Samuel Cousin's Pomona see The Academy 12 August 1882, p.125 and 23 December 1882, p.458.” (op. cit.)

Condition: proof impression hand signed in pencil by Millais and Cousins with generous margins in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, abrasions, folds, stains or foxing evident on the front but there are marks/spots/age-toning from the storage of the print evident on the back of the sheet). The top edge of the print shows signs of where the print was once mounted.

I am selling this pencil signed print of the utmost rarity for the total cost of AU$648 (currently US$488.62/EUR459.17/GBP403.32 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this masterpiece of nineteenth century printmaking, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


This is a very important print that is hand-signed by one of the luminaries of the Pre-Raphaelite movement— John Everett Millais—and also signed by one of the leading reproductive engravers of the Victorian era— Samuel Cousins. Not only does this very large print exemplify the highest order of discipline and technical skills that only the top nineteenth century printmakers were able to attain, but it also showcases an amazing selection of successfully employed different intaglio processes (viz. mezzotint, etching, engraving and stipple engraving, aquatint [?] and there are very probably many other processes that I have overlooked). 








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