Etching by Andrew Geddes.
Scarce early impression of the completed plate, in the 7th state (of 8). Excellent impression printed on chine appliqué, as first issued by the artist himself in 1826 – the sole issue of this etching during the artist’s lifetime. Prior to the addition of the numeral and prior to Laing’s posthumous edition.
Andrew Geddes and his lifelong friend, Sir David Wilkie, were the only leading Scottish artists of the period to produce original etched work. Highly influential as a portrait painter, Andrew Geddes was inspired particularly by the work of the great Flemish masters, Rembrandt and Rubens. Indeed, this etching was drawn directly from the original oil painting by Rubens which Geddes had acquired for his own personal collection (as Geddes’ handwritten inscription on a first state impression of this etching records).
On fine chine appliqué, applied to original white wove backing sheet, with full margins and deckle edge, as issued. Very good original condition.