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Thursday 8 December 2022

Thomas Landseer’s soft-ground etching, “Hand Study from ‘The Sleeping Groom’”, 1817, after Benjamin Robert Haydon

Thomas Landseer (1795–1880)

“Hand Study from ‘The Sleeping Groom’”, 1817, from a series of seven soft-ground etchings after Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786–1846), published in 1817 by Thomas Landseer in “Haydon's drawing-book”, with an inscribed extract from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” spoken by Lady Macbeth in Act 2, Scene 2, lines 6–10 (see

See this etching and another plate showing two hands described by the British Museum:

Soft-ground etching on chine collé on wove paper, trimmed with a small margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (support sheet) 33.7 x 34.2 cm; (sheet) 20 x 21.2 cm; (plate) 19.1 x 19 cm; (chine collé) 19.1 x 19.2 cm.

Lettered in plate along the lower edge: (left) “B. R. Haydon. delt./ SLEEPING GROOM”; (centre) “Pub. May 7. 1817 by: T. Landseer 33 Foley Street, London.”; (right) “T. Landseer Sct./ — “The surfeited Grooms/ “Do mock their charge with snores. I’ve drugg’d their possets/ “That Death and Nature do contend about them. — Lady Macbeth.”

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression, trimmed around the platemark and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper providing wide margins. Beyond slightly dusty margins to the original sheet, the sheet is in a good condition with no tears, folds, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this marvellous study of a hand executed as a soft-ground etching, for the total cost of AU$237 (currently US$159.29/EUR151.36/GBP130.77 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 exceptionally fine hand study, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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