An early 19th century engraving featuring the opera singer John Braham. Published by WS Johnson, St Martins Lane London, this is an incompleted "tinsel print".
Condition is very good, though the paper shows signs of age, the colour is vibrant and strong.
John Braham was the most famous opera singer of the day, and renowned for his naval songs, his most famous composition being The Death of Nelson. The costume and the evident youth of Mr Braham depicted here dates this to the very early 19th century, around 1815.
Simply framed in duck cloth, inclusive of frame this is 21.5cm x 25.5cm
This is what the V&A says about these unusual prints: "Tinsel prints were created from etched portraits of theatrical stars in popular roles they played on the London stage. They were hand-painted in watercolour and decorated with scraps of material and tinsel additions. They were popular during the first half of the 19th century and were considered an adult, rather than a child's hobby. By the 1830s it was possible to buy the tinsel, leather and feather ornaments to go with each image." This print is as published and unadorned.
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Early 19th Century hand coloured Tinsel Print
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