[The Sick Child]["Hush my babe be still and slumber / Holy angels guard thy bed"]
Etching on india, very large margins; platemark 185 x 135mm (7¼ x 5¼"). Proof before additional text added. Crease upper left margin.
One of few etchings by painter and arts administrator Richard Redgrave (1804-88), in which an angel looks over an unwell child (in the final state it was accompanied by verse by Redgrave). In 1837 Redgrave was a founding member of the Etching Club, under whose auspices this print was published in 1844. Kathryn Moore Heleniak (DNB) writes that: 'it was in the 1840s that Redgrave produced his most memorable paintings, 'lessons of philanthropic appeal on behalf of the oppressed and miserable', and this print, like many of his works in this period, draws attention to the perils and trials facing humanity. In later years Redgrave painted less and became an influential arts educator and administrator, working with museums, international exhibitions, writing books and becoming surveyor of the queen's pictures.
[Ref: 35913] £75.00