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Tuesday 10 September 2019

Herbert Dicksee's etching, “Maternal Care”, 1899

Herbert Dicksee (aka Herbert Thomas Dicksee) (1862–1942)

“Maternal Care” (titled on plate), 1899, published by Frost & Reed Ltd (1808–1930s) in Bristol, London and Clifton, and by Stiefbold & Co. (fl.1884–1909) in Berlin, with copyright registered by Frost & Reed in Washington. (The publication details are based on my reading of the ultra-fine inscribed text on the plate and my apologies for any inaccuracies.)

Etching with drypoint printed in dark brown ink on heavy brown wove paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 53.4 x 77 cm; (plate indistinct and measurement approx.) 43.5 x 68.5 cm; (image borderline) 40.7 x 65.9 cm.
Lettered on plate above the image borderline at centre (in extremely small lettering and I may be wrong in my reading of some of the details): “Published at 8. Clare Street, Bristol, by Frost & Reed. Printsellers of London, Bristol & Clifton. October 1st. 1899. Berlin. Stiefbold & Co. 49 Kromen Strasse. Copyright registered.”
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “HD / 432”.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Etched by H. Dicksee”; (centre in extremely small lettering) “Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1899, by Frost & Reed in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.”; (right) “Maternal Care.”

Nicholas Price and The Park Gallery offer a superb PDF booklet, “Herbert Dicksee (1862–1942): The Big Cat Etchings”: 

See other prints by Dicksee available at Gosvenor Prints:

William Secord Gallery in the description of this print advises that the edition size is 275 impressions:

Condition: an exceptionally large and richly inked impression with generous margins laid upon a conservator’s support sheet of fine archival/millennium quality washi paper. The sheet has a few spots in the margin and shows age toning (i.e. darkening) otherwise it is in excellent condition considering the age and huge size of the print.

I am selling this magnificently grand, rare masterpiece of nineteenth century printmaking executed by one of the most famous of the animaliers—especially wild cats—for the total cost of AU$620 (currently US$425.44/EUR385.28/GBP344.89 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this gigantic etching of the highest quality showing a lioness and her cub at a waterhole with the “lioness looking at a vulture or buzzard and the cub looking endearingly at the observer” (see WorthPoint:, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print is available for purchase

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