Robert Blythe Engraving after John Mortimer - Blind beggar - 1820
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Here we have a rare engraving executed by Robert Blythe after a drawing by John Hamilton Mortimer. The title is "Blind beggar and woman seated with a basket of fruit." Mortimer did a series of drawings of people on the fringes, including pirates, robbers and gypsies.
This rare European print was originally done in 1780, and republished in 1820. I'm defaulting to 1920 but it may be an original. The shading is powerful, especially in the woman's face.
When it comes to early art prints, this English engraving is extremely rare. I can only find examples in museums.
The early engraving measures about 13" x 11". The print measures about 12" x 10", and is attached to a backing board. The artwork has a few missing pieces: in the top right corner, and the left center. There are other small scrapes. There is also discoloration throughout. It's difficult to say for sure where with all the differences in shading. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship to the continental USA only. The engraving will be shipped in an acid free sleeve. Free shipping on this piece.
Her gaze will haunt you well before she arrives at your doorstep. This is a rare piece of English art history. Don't miss out.