This auction is for :- A c 1850 Original, Hand Coloured finely detailed print from steel engraving, printed on good quality heavy stock paper with a blank reverse
Entitled or Captioned :-
And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat
beautifully engraved by W French from the work by probably A H Payne
A fairly large hand coloured* print, showing :-
From Genesis chapter 37 v 33
37:23 It happened, when Joseph came to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colours that was on him;
37:24 and they took him, and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty. There was no water in it.
37:25 They sat down to eat bread, and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing spices and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
37:26 Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?
37:27 Come, and let's sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not let our hand be on him; for he is our brother, our flesh." His brothers listened to him.
37:28 Midianites who were merchants passed by, and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. They brought Joseph into Egypt.
37:29 Reuben returned to the pit; and saw that Joseph wasn't in the pit; and he tore his clothes.
37:30 He returned to his brothers, and said, "The child is no more; and I, where will I go?"
37:31 They took Joseph's coat, and killed a male goat, and dipped the coat in the blood.
37:32 They took the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father, and said, "We have found this. Examine it, now, whether it is your son's coat or not."
37:33 He recognized it, and said, "It is my son's coat. An evil animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces."
It can be difficult to distinguish between hand colouring and printed colouring in these early examples - I believe them to be hand coloured, particularly after having seen a number of uncoloured examples
It is on good quality heavy gauge paper with a blank reverse,
The print measures OVERALL 330 x 240 mm (13 x 9.5 ") approx; and the engraved area varies from print to print, with very generous titled borders
CONDITION - Please check the larger picture for condition
This item will be shipped flat in a board backed envelope.
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