After Jan van Huysum 'A Flower Piece' In the Cabinet at Houghton

After Jan van Huysum 'A Flower Piece' In the Cabinet at Houghton

A sumptuous 18th-century mezzotint engraving by Richard Earlom (1743-1822) after a work by Jan Van Huysum (1682-1749).

In the late 18th-century, Richard Earlom was commissioned as part of a printmaking project to reproduce Sir Robert Walpole’s extensive painting collection at The Houghton Gallery. The project was initiated when it became evident that the collection would need to be sold - eventually to Catherine of Russia in 1778.

Earlom was particularly admired for his work involving florals and this is an excellent example of his talent.

Medium: Hand-Coloured Mezzotint
Overall size: 21½” x 26½” / 55cm x 68cm
Year of creation: c. 1778
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Very good. Frame with some age-related wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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