Plate: Idle Boys. It shows two boys playing with marbles, while a dog nearby is feasting on a leg of mutton. Rare.
Made by John Murphy after James Ward.
Medium: mezzotint etching/engraving coloured a la poupee (in the plate) on wove paper.
Sheet size: 60 x 48.5 cm (23.62 x 19.09 inch). Image size: 55.5 x 43.5 cm. (21.85 x 17.13 inch).
Condition: very good, given age. Edges reinforced, a repaired tear (archival tape to the rear of the plate). General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
BOYS-PLAY-GAME-MARBLES-DOG | DP-A1-001-07
Published in London by John Murphy, in 1797. Artists and Engravers: Engraved by John Murphy (c.1748-c.1820) after a painting by James Ward.
Biography engraver: Murphy was a Mezzotint engraver and publisher, b. Ireland, to London 1778, where resided with the printmaker George Keating. Specialised in animals and religious subjects. Last date on plates 1805 (or possibly 1809).
Biography artist: James Ward (1769-1859), R.A., was a painter, particularly of animals, and an engraver. He was the younger brother of William Ward, engraver.