Evening Thou Bringest All [title in reverse, in Greek]
Pen lithograph, sheet 210 x 315mm (8¼ x 12¼"). Trimmed, losing printed area top and left, small nicks and tears; vertical crease on left; foxing to edges.
The most famous early pen lithograph. Fuseli's print (also known as 'Lady at a Window') was published as one of the twelve pen lithographs from 'Specimens of Polyautography', the first set of artist's lithographs ever published (by Philipp André in 1803). The new medium allowed artists to draw directly onto a prepared stone, allowing artists to make prints which arguably resembled drawings more than any earlier printmaking technique. Unlike many printmaking techniques, lithography required no special training as artists could work directly onto the plate and leave specialist printers to actually make the prints. For this reason many painters who were not trained printmakers (such as Géricault and Delacroix) produced lithographs. Fuseli (1741-1825), painter and writer, was born in Switzerland but spent much of his career in England. At the time of this work (said by Weinglass to represent Fuseli's wife Sophia) he was Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy. In 1804 he was also to become Keeper of the RA, the only time someone has held both positions simultaneously.
Weinglass 171; Man, '150 Years of Artists' Lithographs', cat. 3. Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36699] £1,800.00