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Tuesday 23 May 2023

John Thomas Smith’s etching, “Woman Collecting Wood with a Castle in the Distance”, 1793

John Thomas Smith (aka Antiquity Smith) (1766–1833)

“Woman Collecting Wood with a Castle in the Distance” (descriptive title only), 1793, from the series, “Twenty Rural Landscapes from Nature, Drawn and Etched by J. T. Smith”, published in London by Nathaniel Smith (1738-1809) in 1793. Based on the fine paper of this impression and how it is trimmed, this impression may be from the John McCreery edition of 1816 after which the plate was lost/destroyed.

Etching on fine China paper, trimmed around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 13.2 x 10.9 cm.

Inscribed in plate: (upper centre) “J: T: S. fect”.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Rural view with a woman carrying logs in the centre, a tree trunk in the right foreground, a castle on a hill in the right background, mountains beyond, a view in the left background; 1793 publication” ( ).

Condition: a well-printed impression, trimmed around the image borderline and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing.

I am selling this very beautiful and romantic 18th century etching showing a woman gathering wood while walking towards a distant castle on hill, AU$242 (currently US$161.75/EUR146.35/GBP128.83 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 small and wonderfully poetic etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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