257 year old Guercino by William Ryland; Clio 1763
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257 year old museum piece
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257 year old original etching with aquatint by
William Ryland after
William Wynne Ryland; 1733-1783, British publisher printer. Trained in London with his father Edward Ryland and with S. F. Ravenet, and in Paris with Boucher and Le Bas; in 1761 appointed engraver to the King. Eventually executed for forging bills of exchange.
Giovanni Francesco Barberi (Guerchin); (Italian Baroque era Painter, 1591-1666) nicknamed Guercino because he was guercio,or cross-eyed. Born in poverty in Cento, near Ferrara, he was largely self-taught. From 1614 to 1621, the year Pope Gregory XV summoned him to Rome, Guercino painted the altarpieces that are his most Baroque creations.
A fine museum etching with aquatint printed in a sepia ink with fine detail, texture and plate tone, the image printed within a strong impression and platemark on an early wove paper sheet, measuring approximately 51 cms. x 37 cms. (20 x 15 ins.) with full margins and makers watermark. Will be shipped rolled.
As can be found in the National Galleries of Scotland.
Unframed and unmounted, blank on the reverse, the condition of the image and sheet is fair with edge wear, soiling and handling marks condusive with age.