Date of Printing: 1848 • Medium: Mezzotint • Subject Category: Social & Historical Settings • Signed: Unsigned • Period Created: Romantic (1800 - 1899) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: 15.5 x 22.8 • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 26 x 35 • Style: Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Good, with slight foxing • Edition Type: Limited Edition • Paper Type: Heavy Unbleached Cotton Rag • Framed: Print only
This is an exceptionally beautiful mezzotint print revealing lush blacks and textures distinctive to this print technique. Armytage has recreated A. Van Ostade's original painting in oil. Title at the bottom reads "THE ALCHYMIST; painted by A. Van Ostade, Engraved by J. C. Bentley; The Picture in the Collection of The Right Hon. Sir Robert Peel Bart."
Printed on heavy cotton rag, this print is a beautiful example of the mezzotint style. There is moderate age foxing around the corners, which when properly matted will not be seen. Slight water stain upper right corner, will not be seen with proper matting (see photo).