Original Thomas Creswick etching.
Rare early proof impression, before the engraved numeral at the lower edge of the plate. Prior to the only published edition. Exceptional impression with a clarity of line not found in the normal published issue (the published edition was issued in the Etching Club portfolio for 1865).
A particularly fine impression of this elegant rural landscape etching. Thomas Creswick was one of the most highly acclaimed and successful of the Victorian landscape painters, and was also one of the leading early members of the Etching Club. It is his marvellous treatment of light which gives his etchings their enchanting qualities. Indeed, it was to Thomas Creswick’s masterly etchings that Samuel Palmer turned, in order to develop the depiction of light in his own etched works.
Provenance: collection of Jim Byam Shaw.
On cream china paper applied to original warm white wove backing sheet, with margins. Generally very good original condition.