Proof before title, signed in pencil by both Sir Edward John Poynter and the engraver James Dobie. Excellent impression printed by the master printer of the age, Frederick Goulding, on warm toned smooth simile Japan paper.
The considerable popularity of the style of romantic neoclassical art pioneered by Frederick Leighton, Alma-Tadema and Edward Poynter at the end of the Victorian era led to the creation of outstanding and highly finished mixed method engravings after their works. This large etching and engraving of Horae Serenae by the Scottish printmaker James Dobie is one of the finest of these productions to be made from E.J.Poynter’s paintings. An impression of this mixed method engraving was displayed at the Royal Academy Exhibition in 1897.
A fine proof example as first issued by the Art Union of London on October 1st 1896. In original period frame with inset gilt slip. Sealed in original mount and frame – the platemark is visible on all sides but the full extent of the sheet margins is obscured by the mount. Generally very good original condition.