The Old Print Shop

A Flower Piece. In the Cabinet at Houghton.

  • ARTIST: Jan van Huysum

  • PUBLISHER: Published June 25th 1778 by John Boydell engraver in Cheapside London.

  • MEDIUM: Mezzotint engravings,

    DATE: 1778.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 19 3/4 x 15 1/2" (50.1 x 39.4 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Van Huysom Pinsit. Joseph Farington delint. Richd. Earlom sculpsit. <br><br> Jan van Huysum was raised in a family of botanical artists, but wanted little to do with the family business. He instead struck out on his own. He had a brilliant sense of composition and worked under a veil of secrecy that has left historians in the dark as to how he went about creating his works. <br><br> Richard Earlom was a rather talented English engraver who worked for John Boydell, a print and book seller based in London. He produced 27 of the plates included in the two-volume series “The Houghton Gallery,” which reproduced 162 paintings held in the estate of Sir Robert Walpole. This mezzotint was one of the plates included in the series.


  • CONDITION: Good condition, small loss in the upper right margin and a short 5/8" tear into the image in the upper left, repaired.

  • REFERENCE: Dunthorne, G. "Flower and Fruit Prints" #313.

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