A Porcupine & Dogs.To Job Hart Price Clarke Esq.r of Sutton Hall, in the County of Derby, this Plate is most respectfully Inscribed by his much obliged & devoted Servant, John Murphy.
London. Published by J. Murphy, Sept.r 10 1798. North side Paddington Green.
Mezzotint with large margins, platemark 485 x 610mm (19 x 24"). Repaired tear through title area into image; margins folded back; C L-B's collector's stamp verso.
Extraordinary print of a large porcupine surrounded by three dogs, one of which howls in pain due to a porcupine needle stuck in his side. Engraved by the Irish mezzotinter John Murphy (c.1778-c.1817, fl.). 'Among his most striking pieces were large mezzotints of animals after Northcote, Snyders and Stubbs' (DNB). The Flemish painter Frans Snyders (1579-1657) specialised in paintings of animals.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd
[Ref: 32431] £520.00