James Stewart; King Charles etching after Van Dyke 1829
'King Charles I’
Anthony Van Dyke by James Stewart
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'Portrait of King Charles I'
after the painting
Anthony van Dyck
James Stewart; 1791–1863, Scottish engraver, born Edinburgh, articled to Robert Scott the engraver, along with fellow pupil John Burnet. He also studied drawing in the Trustees' Academy. In Edinburgh he lived at 4 Hermitage Place, a narrow street in Stockbridge renamed Raeburn Street in 1922. In 1830 Stewart moved to London. Then in 1833 he emigrated to Cape Colony and settled as a farmer, but within a year lost everything through the outbreak of the Sixth Xhosa War. He then went to reside in the town of Somerset East.
The artwork is bright and unfaded with fine dark brown intaglio ink lines, the image size measuring approximately 13 cms. x 22 cms. (5¼ x 8½ ins.) within a strong impression and platemark on a hand made wove paper sheet size 17 cms. x 26 cms. (6¾ x 10 ins.)
Signed and dated by the artist in the image.
Unframed and unmounted and blank on the reverse, the condition of the image and sheet is very good with handling marks condusive with age.