W.P. Frith. “A Merry-Making in the Olden Time.”
New York: Thomas Kelly, ca. 1865. 32 ¾ x 20. Steel engraving by R. Whitechurch. Large margins. Excellent condition.
A lovely image of rural Britain by the nineteenth century publisher, Thomas Kelly. Kelly was one of the more successful and impressive publishers of the period, creating archetypal and idyllic view of all areas of life in America, views which were then hugely popular, as well as genre scene such as this one, by popular English artist William Powell Frith. Kelly’s work is distinctive for the strong engraving and vivid, forthright compositions. This is a fine example of the firm’s production, showing off an appealing English country lane, with its healthy trees, charming, well groomed houses, and people involved in all aspects of pleasant summer activity. The result is a completely engaging and harmonious view of the “Old World.”