Original master print, titled: ‘The Soldiers Return’. It shows a soldier joyfully greeted by his wife and children. His horse is still frothing at the mouth from the long ride home. Grandmother is standing in the doorway on the left of the image. Other soldiers are still marching past this scene. One of these is also being greeted by his love.
Made by William Pether after Johann Heinrich Ramberg.
Medium: engraving / etching with hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 59 x 48.5 cm (23.23 x 19.09 inch). Image size: 55 x 45.5 cm. (21.65 x 17.91 inch).
Condition: good, given age. The extremities of the sheet chipped, with repaired small tears. Tiny spots in the bottom margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
SOLDIER-RETURN-WIFE-CHILDREN | DP-B1-29
Original antique master print, published 1785. Our definition of a Master Print is a seperately published print or series of prints, not being an illustrative print to a text. These can both be prints made by old masters (artists) or prints made by others (artists, engravers, etchers) after old masters. Artists and Engravers: Engraved by Pether after a painting by Ramberg. This print was published by Birchall, in 1785.
Biography engraver: William Pether (1738-1821) was an English mezzotint engraver. He was born in Carlisle, and became a pupil of Thomas Frye.
Biography artist: Johann Heinrich Ramberg (1763-1840) was a German painter and printmaker. His father fostered his artistic talent until he became known to George III (King of England and Elector of Hanover, where Ramberg lived). George III persuaded him to move to London, where he may have studied under Reynolds and Bartolozzi.