PYALL, Henry after Francis Calcraft TURNER
London: Published by Dean & Co. Threadneedle Street, circa 1828. Colour printed aquatint. Printed on wove paper. In good condition with the exception of being backed with archival supporting sheet. A number of skillfully mended tears along the edges not extending into image. Bottom right corner has been repaired. Trimmed within the plate mark on all sides. Image size: 15 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches. Sheet size: 17 7/8 x 22 7/8 inches.
A charming aquatint of a hunting dog named September, by the accomplished English engraver Henry Pyall.
Henry Pyall was born in 1795, but first gained recognition as a publisher in 1820. By 1822, he had formed a publishing house in London with the engraver George Hunt. Pyall soon established himself as a successful aquatint engraver, producing many plates for the publishing houses of Ackermann & Co. and Thomas McLean. Throughout his career he reproduced mainly sporting and animal pictures and his soft, even technique made him an eminently successful printmaker. This charming print of a hunting dog named September is one of a pair of aquatints, the companion piece entitled "October," after paintings by Francis Calcraft Turner. This beautiful print is a marvelous example of Pyall's superior technique and keen compositional eye.
Lane, Sporting Aquatints and Their Engravers, Vol. 1, p. 82, no. 1.