Richard Earlom After Jan van Huysum

Still Life With Flowers

Richard Earlom After Jan van Huysum

Still Life With Flowers

This sumptuous 18th-century mezzotint engraving by Richard Earlom (1743-1822) is after a work by Dutch luminary 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. Identical uncoloured flower pieces have sold through Christie's for up to £2,750. The colouring is accomplished and dynamic.

Published by John Boydell (1720-1804).

Framed and glazed.

Medium: Hand-coloured mezzotint on paper
Overall size: 25½” x 31½” / 65cm x 80cm
Year of creation: 1778
Condition: Artwork presents well.

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