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This characterful drypoint etching by ‘Uncle’ Jack Rome depicts an organ grinder and a monkey.
Organ grinders were street performers that operated a barrel organ - usually by turning a crank. They were a frequent sight during the 19th and early 20th century and often itinerants or vagabonds.
Victorian literature often portrays them cynically as lower-class gentlemen of ill repute but later depictions tend to describe them in a charming, almost romantic, way.
The artist, Jack Rome, hailed from Carlisle and worked in the studios of Hudson Scott and Sons.
The etching is signed/dated and framed well.
Medium: Etching on paperOverall size: 14½” x 17” / 37cm x 43cmYear of creation: c. 1926Condition: Overall very presentable.