I am always amazed at what people give away. Do we lack taste or appreciation of art? Maybe because it is old we think it unworthy of our modern world? I think in some respect we do lack an appreciation for old things unless we are told it is worth while by someone else. Granted the eyes with which I look at art have not changed but they have been refined – tutored even – in the appreciation of the talent, of the creativity, of the genius even of some artists.
Firstly, a superb stipple engraving by #FrancisHoll (1815-1884) of Lady Hamilton as ‘Serena’ reading a newspaper of Lord Horatio Nelsons naval accomplishments. From an earlier chapter you might remember that Lady Hamilton was considered to be one of the great beauties of her time.
#WilliamAshton (1881-1963) was not an etcher for very long in his artistic life. He made around 25 etchings in total. This one from 1926, displays a street in Cairo. I believe the tower in the back ground stands over the Bab el Zuela. A very fine etching and I wonder what great heights he might have reached in the field if he had continued.
And now to what I think is exceptional talent. An exquisite aquatint by an unknown artist. The subtleness of the portrayal just adds to the beauty of the girl. making this just lovely to behold.