Lifetime proof impression, prior to the only published edition. The later, published version of this soft ground etching was issued posthumously in Fifteen Etchings by the late Henry Ninham in 1875. The introduction to the 1875 volume provides the following information: “the fifteen small etchings, the subjects of which are enumerated on the following page, were executed by him between the years 1830 and 1840, when a few impressions only were distributed amongst his immediate friends.”
There is a fine silvery brilliance and crisp clarity to early lifetime proof impressions of this order which is entirely lost in later printings.
On fine India paper on original warm white wove backing sheet, with margins as prepared by the artist. Evidence of previous mounting at upper edge of sheet, otherwise very good original condition.