This is an illustration by John “HB” Doyle.
John Doyle (1797 – 1867) was born in Dublin. He travelled to London in 1821, after the death of the celebrated printmaker, James Gillray. With the end of the Georgian period – the demand for Gillray's biting satire had somewhat diminished. Doyle introduced a less vitriolic caricature and his images were softer in both style and technique to avoid giving general offence.
Doyle also promoted the use of lithography which gave his prints a more sketchy appearance with fine tonal qualities– and this was a change from the more brash lines of coloured etchings of the previous decades. Doyle signed his prints “HB” and his final print in his series of political sketches was issued in 1851.
This is Print No. 128 from the published volume entitled Political Sketches of H.B. These images were published in two volumes in a series of coloured lithographic prints - and issued between 1829 and 1843.
This image is based on the popular comic ballad of 1782. The ballad by William Cowper was entitled "The Diverting History of John Gilpin". The comical poem tells how Gilpin and his wife & children became separated during a journey after Gilpin loses control of his horse. These images of Gilpin on his runaway horse - were very popular with 19th-century audiences.
This fine lithograph was published on May 13th 1831 and was printed by Charles Etienne Pierre Motte and published by Thomas McLean.
CONDITION: sold in a simple wooden frame. It is generally a nice clean impression (a couple of wee bits of faint foxing here are there - but only noticeable on close-up inspection). It is in a vintage pale grey window mount. The print might benefit from a new fresh mount - but the current one is certainly fine - and you could readily hang this work as sold on your wall.
DIMENSIONS: Frame Size is 38.5 x 51 cm. Image Size is 25.5 x 38 cm.
A fair price for this interesting guaranteed antique print - it is not a modern reproduction - but an original lithograph as published in 1831.
Sorry, this would be confined to UK posting only. The postage quoted here is for it carefully packed and sent to you tracked and signed for with Parcelforce48. This will be £10 and applied to your order at the checkout.