Etching, platemark 260 x 190mm (10¼ x 7½"). Uncut sheet; signed by artist in pencil. Slight creasing on right.
Etching by history painter Charles West Cope (1811-90), widely regarded as the finest of his prints. Cope is primarily remembered for his frescoes in the House of Lords and the peers' corridor, but in addition to his academic renderings of historical and literary subjects, he was a talented printmaker. He was a founder member of the Etching Club (whose members also included Samuel Palmer). This late etching of a woman caring for a baby (made soon before he left London to retire to the country) was originally one of a pair with 'Hope Deferred'.
For 'Hope Deferred' see ref. 35896
[Ref: 35895] £140.00