Benjamin West arm on books c. 1855-65 era antique portrait printBrian DiMambro- Antique & Vintage Maps, Prints, Books & Gold Coins
BENJAMIN WEST, P.R.A.
Issued London: ca. 1855-65 era.
Engraved by J. Jenkins.
Beautifully engraved and uncommon mid-19th century engraved portrait print.
The precise, detailed & nuanced engraving style epitomizes a particularly fine visual aesthetic quite unique to this moment in engraving.
This type of richly contrasting light & dark engraved printing process was very difficult and laborious, involving long-apprenticed highly trained skillful pictorial artisans. It also involved challenging hand-operated machinery, inking of plates, sheets of paper individually hung to dry, skill, patience, and other endless tasks and labor. Because of these and various other factors, this printed leaf is an interesting original artifact from long past moment in printing.
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[ note: We grade very conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws. We are doing our best to show & describe this item so you are happy when it arrives ].
Sheet is in Average but still nice condition -- may display some mostly minor age spotting, soiling or staining as seen in scan, is perhaps lightly age toned, but displays no flaws which are visually offensive -- overall well printed and still attractive.
Could readily be displayed or collected.
A very nice antique print any collector, dealer or institution would be pleased to own.
Sheet measures c. 6" W x 9 5/8" H.
Engraved area measures c. 4 5/8" W x 6" H.
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