Excellent India proof impression, prior to the engraved title.
This image of a devoted dog nuzzling the hand of its mistress at the barred window of a prison recalls the work of Edwin Landseer; however, John Stevens does not humanise his animals in the way of Landseer, preferring to highlight the tragic circumstances in a more naturalistic manner. In many ways, this plate defines the truly Victorian etching – fully worked to the edges of the plate with detailed etched line, this touching genre image implies a tragic narrative of transgression.
On cream India paper, applied to original heavy wove backing sheet, as issued. Foxed in margins, otherwise generally very good original condition.