Antique 18th Century Mezzotint Engraving by P Stampa, An Emblem of Wales Circa 1799 - image 1 of 12

This wonderfully rare hand colored mezzotint was produced in England during the late 18th century, in the year 1799. This allegorical engraving was created to celebrate Wales as one of the four nations or emblems of the United Kingdom (Ireland, England and Scotland each sold individually).

Although the engraving was trimmed to fit the frame (removing the publishers details) - we know from research that this set of Emblem prints was published by P Stampa. P Stampa was a print seller, publisher of decorative mezzotints and looking-glass manufacturer who was active in London during the late 18th/early 19th century. The missing publishers details would read 'Published October 7th 1799 by P. Stampa, Leather Lane, London'

Here we see Wales represented by the emblematic figure of Cambria with a Leek (root vegetable) in her hair. The Leek dates back to the 7th century when in battle Welsh soldiers were instructed to strap a Leek to their armour to make them more distinguishable in the throws of battle. She is holding the Prince of Wales's feathers which is the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales which consists of three white ostrich feathers emerging from a gold coronet. To her feet a handsome goat can be seen. This Goat mascot is very interesting, it dates back to the 1770s when at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, during the American War of Independence , a wild goat is strayed onto the battlefield and led the Royal Welsh Fusiliers' away from the field. Ever since then a goat has served as the regiment's mascot.

The engraving is housed behind old glass in its original oak frame with the most wonderful natural dry patina. To the replaced backing board we find the label of Michael Carleton of number 77/81 Haverstock Hill, London. Michael Digby Carleton (b 1929 - d 1990) was a picture framer, antique furniture dealer, interior decorator who also leased out his art and antiques for film and television hire.

This is the perfect antique engraving for anyone who has a passion for British history, ancestral roots in Wales or is looking for the country house look.

Measuring: Frame width 11 1/8 inch (28 cm) by height 13 3/8 inch (34 cm). Aperture width 9.25 inch (23.5 cm) by height 11.75 inch (29.5 cm).

Condition: Historically trimmed to fit the frame. A wonderful patina with light surface wear to the frame commensurate with age. A small foxing mark to the right of the goat. Very light rippling to the old paper.

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Engraving, Gouache, Mezzotint, Mixed Media, Watercolor
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18th Century

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Antique 18th Century Mezzotint Engraving by P Stampa, An Emblem of Wales Circa 1799


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