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Seller: lineart (21,298) 99.7%, Location: New Providence, New Jersey, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 311896012250 THE SISTERS Artist: Sir C. L. Eastlake Engraver: R. Graves Note: the title in the table above is printed below the engraving CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE 19th CENTURY ANTIQUE PRINTS LIKE THIS ONE!! PRINT DATE: This lithograph was printed in 1859; it is not a modern reproduction in any way. PRINT SIZE: Overall print size is 9 inches by 12 inches including white borders, actual scene is 7 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches. PRINT CONDITION: Condition is excellent. Bright and clean. Blank on reverse. Paper is quality woven rag stock paper. SHIPPING: Buyer to pay shipping, domestic orders receives priority mail, international orders receive regular air mail unless otherwise asked for. We take a variety of payment options, more payment details will be in our email after auction close. We pack properly to protect your item! FROM THE ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION: No one who is thoroughly conversant with the works of Sir Charles Eastlake would be likely to attribute this picture to any other hand, so completely does it bear the impress of those qualities which characteristic the President's style,-his elegance of composition, his delicacy of feeling, and tenderness of coloring, which here almost amounts to feebleness. The figures are, we have heard, portraits of two sisters, maidens of English birth and blood, but they are so like some of the females which the painter has introduced into other works, and are so Italianized, as it were, that one is apt to imagine they have served as favorite models for several of his pictures; certain it is that he has brought his feeling for Italian art into his representation of these aristocratic descendants of Saxon lineage. We have spoken of the coloring as having a tendency to weakness, but it is only by comparison with that we are accustomed to see from the hands of the best painters of the English school, and also by comparison with many of the pictures painted by the President himself, whose most important works,-those which he produced in the zenith of his practice,-are remarkably rich, though not brilliant) in color; forcible, but not overpowering. Moreover, there is in this picture such a beautiful harmony of tints throughout the whole, that it in a great measure compensates for the absence of that other quality-power, which many consider as absolutely essential to good painting. The features of the " Sisters " are very lovely, eloquently expressive of gentle birth, intelligence, and sweetness of temper, discoursing with abundant earnestness the language of the heart. Almost all the works of Sir Charles Eastlake manifest a feeling that has its origin in his love of early Italian art;' and who that has studied it in the best examples-those which exhibit but little indication of the influence of Greek or Byzantine art-is not impressed with the pure and exalted sentiments that animated the spirits of those old painters? " If," says M. Rio, in his " Poetry of Christian Art," " we consider painting in the periods of its development as the imperfect but progressive expression-the voice, as it were, of the nations of modern Europe, before the formation of their language; if we reflect that in these rude works were deposited the strongest and purest emotions of their hearts, as well as the liveliest creations of their imaginations; that it was their hope and intention that these despised works should be immortal, and render undying testimony to their enthusiasm and faith; we become less severe in our criticism of the various kinds of merit, the union of which constitutes, in our judgment, a chief-d'oeuvre, and, fixing our attention less closely on the surface of things, we endeavor to penetrate more deeply into their nature." It is because we accustom ourselves to look too much for the external evidences of good art-its mere mechanism, as it were-and too little for the mind and soul of the painter, that these inspirations of the early masters leave so unfavorable and unworthy an impression upon us. In a word, ours is an age in which both artists, and they who profess to love art, have little community of feeling with those who lived four or five centuries before us. The types of the President's style of painting are found in the Venetian school when it was still under the influence of the traditions of Christian art, and had not imbibed that voluptuousness-the word is used here in its most refined sense-of manner which at a subsequent period characterized its disciples: even in those works which do not strictly represent religions subjects, such as his "Pilgrims arriving in sight of Rome," there is a devotional feeling and a solemnity of treatment that almost justifies their being included under such a title. Other living painters may possibly make stronger appeals to popular admiration, but the best pictures by Sir C. Eastlake will always win the suffrages of the discriminating few. "The Sisters" 'is in the Royal Collection at Osborne. BIOGRAPHY OF ARTIST: Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (born in Plymouth, 17 Nov 1793; died in Pisa, 24 Dec 1865) was an English painter, museum director, collector and writer. Fourth son of an Admiralty lawyer at Plymouth, he was educated at local grammar schools and then, briefly, at Charterhouse, Surrey. Determined to become a painter, he began work in 1809 as Benjamin Robert Haydon's first pupil and as a student at the Royal Academy Schools in London. In 1815 he exhibited for the first time at the British Institution, visited Paris and studied the pictures in the Musée Napoléon. He achieved his first conspicuous success with a scene from contemporary history that he had himself witnessed, Napoleon on Board the Bellerophon in Plymouth Sound (1815; London, N. Mar. Mus.). Please note: the terms used in our auctions for engraving, etching, lithograph, plate, photogravure etc. are ALL prints on paper, and NOT blocks of steel or wood or any other material. "ENGRAVINGS", the term commonly used for these paper prints, were the most common method in the 1700s and 1800s for illustrating old books, and these paper prints or "engravings" were created by the intaglio process of etching the negative of the image into a block of steel, copper, wood etc, and then when inked and pressed onto paper, a print image was created. These prints or engravings were usually inserted into books, although many were also printed and issued as loose stand alone lithographs. They often had a tissue guard or onion skin frontis to protect them from transferring their ink to the opposite page and were usually on much thicker quality woven rag stock paper than the regular prints. So this auction is for an antique paper print(s), probably from an old book, of very high quality and usually on very thick rag stock paper. A RARE FIND! AND GREAT DECORATION FOR YOUR OFFICE OR HOME WALL

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