Antoine Cardon (1772-1813/belgium) 1801'sheep Shearer' Hnd Clrd Lg Engrvd Print
(28 1/2" x 19 1/2") HAND COLORED INTAGLIO ENGRAVING. Sass, February 1801, London, UK. Late 18th to early 19th century European printmaking & figurative engravings of rural life. 28 1/2" Height x 19 1/2" Width. This large format, hand colored (hand painted with watercolor paint) color'intaglio' engraving on paper was at some previous point in time (most likely long ago) laid down (affixed to) what appears to be early to mid-19th century mill board, which was an early kind of cardboard, consisting of pressed wood fibers into a somewhat hard, dense surface, that works of art realized on paper would be affixed to, thus stabilizing them and preventing the prints on paper from being subsequently damaged. It was found out-of-frame and hasn't been disturbed or otherwise altered. There's a few minor and very slight surface abrasions and scuffs but considering this fine European, large format color engraving is anywhere from 200 to 220 years old, it would have to be considered by any measure, to be in very well-preserved and even in miraculous overall antique condition. Considering the plethora of issues and maladies that could have happened to it, this large print seemed to have escaped the ravages of time. It features nearly undiminished color and superb, highly detailed engraved drawing and a veritable celebration of draughtsmanship and high art printmaking by the Bel gi an artist Antoine Cardon ('Cardon the Elder' and not to be confused with his artist son Anthony Cardon,'Cardon the Younger') realized at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century. The image was one done with real familiarity with its subject and with great tenderness and demonstration of artistic skill and detail. A little girl watches earnestly gently holding a sheep, while an older gentleman, a trained sheep shearer in period dress, trims the wool hair from the body of another sheep he has in his lap, gently removing the wool as the girl watches patiently and with great interest. A simply terrific late 18th to early 19th century European print with great subject matter, terrific color and wonderful, highly detailed drawing.
Good to Very Good overall antique condition. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.