Key to the Splendid Mezzotinto Engraving, by G.H. Phillips, Esq from Danby's Sublime Painting of the Opening of the Sixth Seal.
Rare etching with letterpress, printed in blue. Sheet 285 x 225mm 11¼ x 9"). Laid on canvas, paper age toned.
The key and prospectus for an engraving of Francis Danby's 'An Attempt to illustrate the Opening of the Sixth Seal'. According to the text 'Each Subscriber of One Guinea shall receive one Share, securing One of the Splendid Mezzotinto Engravings of the Picture; and the chance of obtaining either the Grand Original Painting, valued at 1000 Guineas, or the Engraved Steel Plate, which cost 650 Guineas; and shall also receive a Free Admission Ticket admitting one person during the Exhibition'. Danby accused John Martin of stealing the idea of his 'The Deluge' from this painting, which Martin saw during a visit to Danby's studio.
Ex: collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36968] £350.00