The Heather [After Albert Durer Lucas]

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A lovely antique print by the Le Blond Company, after an original painting by well known botanical painter Albert Durer Lucas (1828-1918).

A very detailed depiction of pink and white heather, the latter being a symbol of good luck. On the ground below is large single feather whilst beyond is a panoramic landscape with a lake and hills. Printed bottom left 'Le Blond & Co, London, R. Elliot & Co, Boston'. Dates circa 1890. The Le Blond Printing Company was established by Abraham and Robert Le Blond in 1840.

In 1840 they bought the first licence to produce colour prints using the method developed by George Baxter 'picture printing in oil colours', the first process developed that enabled prints to be made in realistic colours. It was a lengthy and skilled process that required the initial printing of a design from an engraved plate followed by the application of colour using oil inks on individual wooden blocks - each colour requiring an additional block. Because oil based colours were used they retain their colour much better than prints that used water based inks. Each print made using this process is an individual little work of art and not a mass produced item.

This picture, 'The Heather' required 16 separate blocks for the colours. In excellent condition and very well presented in a cream coloured card mount within a dark wooden frame with inner gilt edge. The mount is in excellent condition, the frame very good but does have a very small chip to the inner edge of the gilt strip (I will apply some gilt paste to this before sending). Measures 52 x 43cm including the frame, the visible image only is 24 x 19cm. Glazed and ready to hang. Please excuse reflection in some of the photographs which have been taken through the glass.

Medium: Baxter Print
Size of artwork including frame: 20⅓” x 17” / 52cm x 43cm
Year of creation: c. 1890
Condition: Excellent