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Antique King George III Glass Mezzotint

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King George III: a Reverse Glass Mezzotint, circa 1761-1766

a portrait of the King in left profile, after the portrait by Jeremiah Meyer, mezzotint by Richard Purcell, the sitter wearing sash and Garter star pinned to his embroidered coat

"George the Third...King of Great Britain, France and Ireland &c &c", Myers pinx., R. Purcell fecit., London, printed for E. Bakewell and H. Parker opposite Birchin Lane in Cornhill and R. Sayer at ye Golden Buck in Fleet Street

in original period frame, 43cm x 33cm.

Provenance: Harold Ward Collection

Reference: the same print is in the collection of the British Museum (1902,1011.3722)

Stock Reference: LH 1828

Condition

Good. Glass intact, with no cracks. Air pockets between the glass and print visible  in places and some browning. Glass sits firmly in the original period frame. Glass has a slight warp- this is likely to have been caused at the original firing process.

A Note From Luke

Increasing rare reverse glass mezzotint of King George III, in the original period frame. From the collection of Harold Ward.

The printed mezzotint was stuck to the reverse of a glass panel with size, and then shaved- or rubbed down- from the back with a rubber, leaving a wafer-thin layer of paper. The print was then hand-coloured from the back, allowing the colours to shine through with a luminous glaze.

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