"They Won't be Happy Till They Get 'Em."
London, Published May 17th 1889 by E.E.Leggatt, 62 Cheapside, E.C.
Rare Etching, 285 x 355mm. 11¼ x 14".
The central image of two terriers either side of a guinea pig's hutch is surrounded by nine vignette scenes. One of these is a cricket match, a scoreboard inscribed with the scores of the opening batsmen: 302 and 189 runs for numbers 1 and 2 respectively. Frank Paton (1856 - 1909) was a successful artist during his lifetime and could even count Queen Victoria as an admirer of his work. He is perhaps most widely known for his series of etched Christmas cards published annually by Edward Ernest Leggatt from 1880 until Paton's death in 1909. They were intended to be a cut above the average Christmas card and sold for half a guinea each. Their format became quite formulaic over the years. A central subject reflecting the title of the print was usually complemented by a series of often humorous sketches around its border. A number of the prints would be sent from the printers to be signed in pencil by Paton, as here. A cricketing item.
[Ref: 19188] £220.00