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[A Conversation in which the Painter has introduced Himself.]
[A Conversation in which the Painter has introduced Himself.]
J. Steen pinx.t. S. Paul sculp.
R. Sayer Excudit. Publish'd Jan.y 1. 1771.
Scarce mezzotint, scratched-letter proof before title. 505 x 355mm (19¾ x 14"). Cracks in platemark and tears in margins repaired. Trimmed to plate at bottom.
Cottage interior with two women sitting in front of the hearth, one holding a glass, the other turning in her chair to look at a man in a cape, tattered trousers and broad white collar, who makes a bow, lifting his right hand to his mouth as he introduces himself. Two other men standing closer to the fire and smoking pipes are amused. Mussel shells on the floor and a spoon propped against a large covered pot lower right. Engraved after Jan Havicksz. Steen (Dutch, c.1625 -79), by Samuel De Wilde (1751-1832), a painter, especially of theatrical subjects, and watercolourist, who also produced etchings and mezzotints which he signed with the pseudonym 'Samuel Paul'.
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A Conversation in which the Painter has introduced himself.
A Conversation in which the Painter has introduced himself. Done from the Original Picture Painted by John Steen, in the Possession of John Blackwood, Esqr. by S. Paul.
R. Sayer Excudit. London, Printed for Robt. Sayer, Map & Printseller No. 53, in Fleet Street, Published as the Act directs, 1st. Jany. 1771.
Mezzotint, 505 x 355mm (19¾ x 14"). Margins a little weakened; a good impression, small foxing in margins.
Cottage interior with two women sitting in front of the hearth, one holding a glass, the other turning in her chair to look at a man in a cape, tattered trousers and broad white collar, who makes a bow, lifting his right hand to his mouth as he introduces himself. Two other men standing closer to the fire and smoking pipes are amused. Mussel shells on the floor and a spoon propped against a large covered pot lower right. Engraved after Jan Havicksz. Steen (Dutch, c.1625-79), by Samuel De Wilde (1751-1832), a painter, especially of theatrical subjects, and watercolourist, who also produced etchings and mezzotints which he signed with the pseudonym 'Samuel Paul'.
CS: undescribed. BM: 1861,1109.351.
[Ref: 22246]   £430.00  
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The Dutch Chymists. Les Chymistes Hollandois.
The Dutch Chymists. Les Chymistes Hollandois.
J. Stein Pinx.t Bouvier Lith.o
London, Published Jan.y 1830, by A. Friedel, 34 Surry Street, Strand, & sold by all the Principal Book & Printsellers, in Town & Country. Printed by Dean & Munday, Lith.rs Threadneedle Street.
Rare lithograph. 406 x 266mm (16 x 10½"), with large margins.
An alchemist hunched over his crucible; an assistant reads him a recipe, watched by an onlooker; the alchemist's wife weeps in the dim background, a baby clasped to her breast. Above are suspended herbs, a cucurbite and drying laundry. The alchemist has typical 'bleary eyes' from long sustained efforts of watching his experiment, as described by Thomas Norton in his 'Ordinall of alchemy', 1477. After the painting 'The Village Alchemist' by Jan Havicksz. Steen (c.1625-79), painted in the early 1660s and now in the Wallace Collection.
In the Wellcome Library Catalogue.
[Ref: 24878]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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The Dutch Chymist.
The Dutch Chymist.
Jn.o Stein Pinxit. J. Wilson fecit.
London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer No.53 in Fleet Street. 236
Mezzotint, platemark 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Large margins.
An alchemist stirring a ceramic pot; an assistant reads him a recipe, watched by an onlooker. The alchemist has the 'bleary eyes' from long sustained efforts of watching his experiment, as described by Thomas Norton in his 'Ordinall of alchemy', 1477. After the painting 'The Village Alchemist' by Jan Havicksz. Steen (c.1625-79), painted in the early 1660s and now in the Wallace Collection. The composition is cropped to omit a crying woman and child, and 'empty money bags suspended from the ceiling with a bloated bladder, symbolising delusion' (from Wallace Collection commentary on the painting).
For a later lithograph reproducing the painting more directly, see ref. 24878
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