[Oriental man reading a large book]
Pen lithograph, sheet 225 x 315mm (8¾ x 12½"). Very damaged; losses.
Early lithograph by Henry Singleton (1766-1839), painter. A professional portrait painter from the age of sixteen, Singleton was commissioned by Benjamin West to paint a large group portrait of the Royal Academicians in 1796, but Singleton never became an academician himself. He was known for his history paintings initially, but later moved into decorative and pastoral subject matter, often designed with a view to engraving. This print, a rare excursion into printmaking for Singleton, was included in the 1806 edition of the first portfolio of artists' lithographs, 'Specimens of Polyauthography'. 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 artists who were not trained printmakers (such as Géricault and Delacroix) often worked in lithography.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36943] £90.00