The Furze Cutter.
London, published Aug.t 21st, 1799, by S. Morgan. No.22 Margaret Street, Cavendish Square.
Mezzotint and etching with large margins. Platemark: 640 x 445mm. (25¼ x 17½").
An agricultural worker holding a bill-hook and carrying a bundle of furze on his back; after Joseph Barney (1751 - 1829). Joseph Barney studied with Angelica Kauffmann and Antonio Zucchi, assisted Matthew Boulton at Wolverhapton in finishing mechanical paintings, exhibited at the Royal Academy and British Institute, and became Drawing Master at Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Unusually, the engraver Samuel William Reynolds' initials have been inscribed incorrectly (as 'W.S. Reynolds')!
From the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection; Whitman: 327
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