James Andrew Drummond Colored Mezzotint Signed Stamped 1848
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Here we have a very rare and large color mezzotint of James Andrew Drummond, 8th Viscount Strathallan of Scotland. This large colored print is a rare proof version from 1848, complete with an embroidered stamp and ink signature from the Strathallan himself. The stamp is the Alexander Hill publishing stamp. There are also a few pencilled numbers near the emblem in the middle (see pic).
If the historical artwork is labeled a proof, stamped for approval, marked, and signed by the Strathallan himself, I'm guessing this piece went very high up. The rare engraving came from the private collection of a Minneapolis art dealer. Given how much art he came across, it bodes well that this piece was in his private collection.
Here's what I can make out in the bottom text.
- Painting by J.S. Barclay (lower left) - June 22, 1848. Published by Alexander Hill Publisher in Ordinary to her Majesty & H.R.H Prince Albert 67 Princes Street Edinburough (middle) - Engraved by James Paed (lower right) - The Right Hondable James (large print) - Viscount of Strathallan (large print) - Published by W. Wilding Edin.
Here's a short description from James Faed's wikipedia page:
----- Introduced to the mezzotint engraver, John Bonnar, James became interested in a more rapid process for preparing the plate for the engraver - possibly the engineering streak in him his father noticed. He also developed an intense interest in mezzotinting and soon began his career in that art and as an engraver in general. As a mezzotinter, for over fifty years, he was possibly only excelled in his day by Samuel Cousins (1801–1887). Several of Faed's mezzotints were commissioned by the Royal Association for the Promotion of Fine Arts in Scotland. ------
The framed colored mezzotint measures 31" tall and 19" wide. The exposed print measures about 27" tall and 16 1/2" wide. The professionally framed piece is solid. The print has evidence of age, including slight discoloration and foxing, especially along the edges and bottom. There's a small moisture stain in the lower right corner. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship to the continental USA only. Free shipping on the engraving.
This huge Scottish print is a rare bird. Good luck finding another one. I can only find black and white engravings in museums. Don't miss out.