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Herring's Fox-Hunting Scenes

  • Object:

    Glass coloured print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown
    Harris, John the younger, born 1791 - died 1873 (engraved)
    Herring, John Frederick Sr., born 1795 - died 1865 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph transferred to glass and painted, in moulded bird's-eye maple frame with gilt filet

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Teddy Dawe

  • Museum number:

    E.592-1997

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 93, shelf 9

This is a glass print, sometimes called a glass picture. Its maker had to soak a black and white print in water, stick it face down onto the back of a sheet of glass, rub most of the paper away from the back leaving a thin transparent layer of paper and the ink making the image. The next stage was to colour the image from the back in oil colours. This was then fitted into a frame and the buyer could then hang it up on his or her wall straight away. Because the print is stuck to the back of the glass, if the glass gets cracked or broken, it cannot be replaced.

English writers of artists' manuals describe how to make glass prints from the 1680s onwards. The period of their greatest popularity was from about 1760 to 1790. Much of the appeal of glass prints to shoppers was their relative cheapness compared to framed oil of watercolour paintings, which were entirely painted by hand. Glass prints were clearly made on a commercial basis, because certain prints on paper are regularly found turned into glass prints.

Physical description

Glass picture

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown
Harris, John the younger, born 1791 - died 1873 (engraved)
Herring, John Frederick Sr., born 1795 - died 1865 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph transferred to glass and painted, in moulded bird's-eye maple frame with gilt filet

Marks and inscriptions

HERRING'S FOX-HUNTING SCENES: THE DEATH
Lettered

Painted by J.F. Herring Senr. / After the engraving by J. Harris
Lettered

Dimensions

Height: 34 cm frame size average size of set, Width: 43.7 cm frame average size of set

Object history note

RP No. 96/1175.

According to Sitzer (see references), John Harris published two sets each of four prints of Hunting scenes by J.F. Hering in 1852 and 1874

Descriptive line

Framed glass picture - The Death

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Sitzer, F. The Story of British Sporting Prints. London, 1925

Materials

Glass; Printing ink; Pigments

Techniques

Hand-colouring; Lithograph

Subjects depicted

Horses; Hunting; Fox; Hunting dogs

Categories

Sport; Prints; Hunting; Animals and Wildlife; Paintings; Interiors; Shopping; Frames

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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