Van Huysom, Jan (pinxit); Joseph Farington (delin.); Richard Earldom (sculpsit).
Cheapside, London. John Boydell Engraver. June 25, 1778.
Mezzotint with extensive handcolor on laid paper, painted area 20 x 15 3/4 inches on sheet 26 1/2 x 19 inches. Light toning and foxing to margins (not visible below paint in image area); two sharp horizontal creases in image area, not very noticeable; beautiful image suitable for framing. A gentle scene evoking the natural world as well as the formality of the 18th century: a bouquet of flowers, wild and cultivated, spills out of a vase decorated with cupids. Butterflies and other insects visit the flowers, and a bird's nest sits below them against the base of the vase. This mezzotint was drawn by Joseph Farington (1747 - 1821) and etched / engraved by Richard Earldom (1743 - 1822), after a 1722 painting by Jan Van Huysom (1682 - 1749). The plate was published in a French edition of John Boydell’s multi-volume reproduction of Sir Robert Walpole’s painting collection at Houghton. The original painting is now in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Item #56825