Friday, April 06, 2012

New Orleans: Antique Etching with River Scene

New Orleans: Antique Etching

Antique Chinese document

Mid-19th century etching depicting people at the river, sailing boats and the town behind.

Engraved by Henry Winkles, 5,8 x 3,8 in is the actual print, 11,6 x 8,9 the complete sheet. Minor aging at outer part of borders not affecting the print itself. Clean and fresh. It looks great when matted and framed.

Henry Winkles (1801–1860) was an English architectural illustrator, engraver and printer, who, together with Karl Ludwig Frommel founded the first studio for steel engraving in Germany.

In 1836, with Benjamin Winkles, he produced and helped to engrave three volumes of "Winkles's architectural and picturesque illustrations of the cathedral churches of England and Wales". This featured illustrators such as Hablot Knight Browne (the famous "Phiz" of Charles Dickens fame) and architect Robert Garland (1808–1863), with text (and some engraving) by Thomas Moule. These books helped to inspire the 19th century Gothic revival in architecture in Britain.