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Crossing the Brook: P.14892-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

Crossing the Brook
Oval No. 87

Maker(s)

Printmaker: Le Blond, Abraham
Publisher: Le Blond & Co

Entities

Categories

Description

A young boy sits on the ground removing his boots as he prepares to cross a shallow brook with his two brothers and sister and their two goats. Their mother sits on a white pony and their father, carrying a pack, stands waiting on the far bank. Written in pencil on the verso: '£1'; 'R/-'; '[?J]on[?t]any'. The colours are slightly faded.

Notes

History note: Given by G.H.W. Rylands

Legal notes

Given by G.H.W. Rylands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by Rylands, G.H.W.

Dating

19th century
Circa 1853 - Circa 1867

Note

The remains of the 'Le Blond & Co' stamp can be seen at lower right, where an attempt has been made to remove it. From a set of 32 Baxter-process prints by George Baxter licensee, Abraham Le Blond known as 'The Ovals'. In a departure from Baxter, who stuck his prints onto embossed or printed mounts, Le Blond printed this set, probably with a view to economy, directly onto mounts after which an embossed border, title and number were then added. The erasure of Le Blond's name is thought to date from a fall in favour of The Ovals around 1900 when attempts were made to pass off his work as by George Baxter. (Lycett and Martin, 1994, p.18). The Le Blond Ovals, almost certainly in all 32 cases, are reproductions after a series of small oval oil paintings on board by the artist, John Anthony Puller (1799-1886). Puller exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition between 1821 and 1862 and at the British Institution between 1825 and 1867. Many of his painted ovals, which compare exactly with the compositions of the Le Blond Ovals, have appeared at auction quite regularly during the last 20 years and it has been possible to trace 22 of Puller's compositions to the Le Blond Ovals. It is thought that Puller was probably contracted to produce the small oval paintings for Le Blond, although no evidence of this arrangement has come to light. (See New Baxter Society) Moreover, the fact that a number of small ovals on board by Puller of scenes which are not included in the Le Blond Ovals (such as 'A Travelling Pedlar' and 'A Picnic'), may indicate that a series of small oval compositions for the popular market originated with Puller and that it was Le Blond who struck a deal with Puller for the right to reproduce a selected number for his Baxter process series. For the transfer from painting to print, Le Blond employed the artists George Stone, his eldest son, Francis Le Blond and later his youngest son, Bernard Maynard Le Blond. (Lycett and Martin, 1994, p.19)

School or Style

British

Techniques used in production

Baxter-process print
Embossing

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14892-R
Primary reference Number: 239721
Courtney Lewis: 103
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Monday 24 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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