Original antique mezzotint master print after Gerard Dou. The lace-maker. A young woman sitting with her work cushion on her knees, directed to left, in an interior cluttered with fruit, vegetables and kitchen equipment, lit by a candle on a stand next to the woman.
Made by W. Baillie after Gerard Dou.
Medium: Mezzotint engraving and etching on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 29.5 x 41.5 cm (11.61 x 16.34 inch). Image size: 28.5 x 41 cm. (11.22 x 16.14 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Some crinkles and flattened creases. Edges with a few tiny tears. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
THE LACE MAKER-WOMAN-CANDLE-KITCHEN | DPO-A2-003-19
Published in London 1773.
Biography engraver: William Baillie (1723-1810), British printmaker. Retired from the army in 1761; commissioner of stamps from 1773-1795. Amateur printmaker, who became a quasi-professional. Sold all his plates to Boydell (who reprinted them in a collected edition in 1792 and 1803), but continued to etch. Main business was as a picture dealer, and he was the main agent for the Earl of Bute. He died Paddington 22 December 1810.
Biography artist: Gerard Dou (1613-1675), Dutch painter/draughtsman and printmaker.