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 https://www.litcharts.com/shakescleare/shakespeare-translations/macbeth/act-2-scene-2).
See this etching and another plate showing two hands described by the British Museum: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1866-1013-418-419.
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.
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