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The Spell Mezzotint James Walker James Northcote

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Northcote - The Spell


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Original antique print


Proof impression with scratched letter. Ref: CS 23 I. A young girl, kneeling before a milk-pail, attentively observes a snail creeping over ashes on a block to the right. A spaniel-like dog looks into her face. It was thought that on the morning of the !st of May, if a girl found a slug or snail and put it on a surface covered with flour or ashes, the snail would crawl out the initials of the future lover's name. Even just finding the snail was a good omen, indicating the lover will have a house of his own. The picture was inspired by a poem by John Gay. James Walker (1748-1808) was an eminent mezzotint engraver and James Northcote an important English painter. Laid loosely onton backing sheet. Small waterstains in the title area. Small rubbing on pail.

Additional Information

artist James Walker after James Northcote
method Mezzotint
date 1783
size No
SKU DC1994