Frederick Christian Lewis (the elder) (1779–1856)
“Profil de Jeune Fille”, 1835 (pub. 1892), stipple engraving after a drawing by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–30), published in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”, 1892. and printed in colour (à la poupée) by A Clément (fl. c1887–1892) in Paris. Archive.org offers and online view of this print as published: https://archive.org/details/gazettedesbeauxa38umass/page/62/mode/2up.
The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, (NGV) holds a trial impression of this print (before the addition of colour and lettered publication details) with pencil notes to the printer advising that the neck area should be kept lighter: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/28068/.
Stipple engraving in the crayon-manner coloured in the plate à la poupée—a technique in which colour is added to the plate using bell-shaped wads of cloth (“with the doll”)—trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 26.9 x 17.4 cm; (plate) 24.2 x 16.9; (image borderline) 22.3 x 15 cm.
Lettered in plate along the lower edge: (left) “Th. Lawrence del. / Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “PROFIL DE JEUNE FILLE”; (lower right) “F.C. Lewis sc./ Imp. A. Clèment_Paris”.
Condition: The engraving is a superb impression, delicately coloured and trimmed along the platemark on the left and with a small margin on the other sides. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing and is laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper (to allow for handling and mounting).
I am selling this exceptionally beautiful engraving for the total cost of AU$247 (currently US$180.57/EUR153.26/GBP130.79 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 jewel-like portrait executed with sublime skill—note how the artist has been able to add the hint of luminosity to the shadow cast onto the face—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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