Frances Howard Countess of Somerset c.1790 antique engraved historical portraitBrian DiMambro- Antique & Vintage Maps, Prints, Books & Gold Coins
FRANCES HOWARD (CARR)
Countess of Somerset
Issued London: c. 1790.
Fine and uncommon original antique late-18th century engraved portrait, set within an oval border.
Printed on quality period paper as issued, which shows light signs of age, but still retains its inherent structural flexibility and soundness.
This particular type of engraved printing process was very laborious, involving long-apprenticed highly trained hand artisans. It also involved challenging hand-operated machinery, inking of plates, sheets of paper individually hung to dry, and other endless tasks and labor. Because of these and various other factors, this printed leaf is an interesting original artifact from an era long past.
In Good to near VG condition, remaining mostly clean, sheet lightly age-toned as typical, may exhibit trivial minor scattered foxing / age spotting, but, a nice rich impression and rather well-preserved given the age.
Still pleasant to hold and inspect this sheet in person.
C ould readily be displayed or collected without issue or apology.
Please inspect photos closely, any small or minor age flaws to the printed surface area should be visible within picture provided.
[ note: We grade very conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws. We are doing our best to show & describe this item so you are happy when it arrives. ]
In all, remains a fascinating antique printed image any collector, dealer, curator or institution would be pleased to own / display.
Sheet measures c. 5 1/4" W x 8 5/8" H.
Engraved area measures c. 4 1/2" W x 5 5/8" H.
We encourage you to print this description to keep with the image.
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