|Method||Etching with original hand colouring|
|Published||Pub: by G. Garrard, London July 18.th 1799.|
|Dimensions||Image 170 x 372 mm, Plate 323 x 477 mm, Sheet 399 x 508 mm|
From Engravings from the Works of George Garrard, and Some Examples from that Celebrated Painter Sawrey Gilpin: with a few etchings from their own hands. (London: George Smeeton, 1816).
George Garrard (1760 - 1826) was an English animal painter, engraver and printmaker. Garrard came from a family of artists, and could trace his descent back to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (c.1561/62 - 1636). He studied under Joseph Simpson and Sawrey Gilpin (whose eldest daughter he later married), before studying at the Royal Academy in 1781. In 1784 he painted View of a Brewhouse Yard which attracted the notice of Sir Joshua Reynolds. From 1795 Garrard also produced plaster models of cattle for the use of landscape painters. Through his petitioning of parliament this eventually led to the 1799 Models and Busts Act, the first British copyright law to provide protection for a medium other than print. In 1800 Garrard was elected an associate of the Royal Academy, and in the same year he published A Description of the different varieties of Oxen common in the British Isles, embellished with engravings; being an accompaniment to a set of models of the improved breeds of Cattle, executed by George Garrard, upon an exact scale from nature, under the patronage of the Board of Agriculture. He exhibited in total 215 works at the Royal Academy, as well as others at the British Institution and the Society of British Artists.
George Smeeton was a British printer and publisher active in London in the early nineteenth century. From 1817 he was best known for reprinting seventeenth century pamphlets, collected together as the Historical and Biographical Tracts (1820). He also published books and colour frontispieces for Isaac Cruikshank and sons, and The Unique (1823-4), a collection of portraits and biographies.
Condition: Trimmed to plate mark on left margin of sheet.