Sir Francis Walsingham Secretary State 1750 antique engraved historical portraitBrian DiMambro- Antique & Vintage Maps, Prints, Books & Gold Coins
SIR FRANCIS WALSINGHAM
SECRETARY of STATE
Printed London: c.1750; by J. Hinton.
Fine original antique mid-18th century engraving of this important historical figure.
Nice decorative engraved architectural border surrounds the central image.
Printed on quality hand-made paper which shows light signs of age, is lightly age foxed, but still retains its inherent structural flexibility and soundness.
This particular type of engraved metal plate 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 a long past mid-18th century era in England.
Overall Good+, remaining mostly clean with some scattered small age foxing (spotting or small staining), a nice impression. Some minor light toning, but well preserved given the age. Light offsetting to verso [back of sheet].
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 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" W x 8" H.
Printed area measures c. 4" W x 6 1/2" H.
We encourage you to print this desciption out to keep with the image.