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  • Sold Date: Mar 15, 2011
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Offered here is one of two early 1900's original prints that I'm offering today. This one is a rare print signed in pencil by the artist, Sydney E Wilson. It is dated 1912.

This is a Mezzoprint in the original hand-painted gilted wood frame. The frame has cracks from age, but is completely present. The print measures 9 1/2" X 12 1/2". There is an information paper glued to the back. The frame measures 17 1/2" X 20". The print is framed behind glass, and has not been exposed to the elements since being framed in 1912 by Vicars Brothers in London England. There is a small impession on the left side. There is no damage to the print.

Buyer to pay $22.00 shipping. If you have any questions, please email me prior to bidding. I will respond as soon as possible. Check out my other items ! Due to the fragile glass, I cannot combine this print with any other item. GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR DROPPING BY MY AUCTION SITE.


Sidney E. Wilson was a master of the English mezzotint revival style of the early 1900's. He was a contemporary of Samuel Arlent Edwards. His work was mostly published by the firm of Vicars Brothers of Bond Street, London.

From a 1911 Vicars Brothers catalogue...

"This eminent mezzotint engraver was born at Isleworth, Middlesex, in 1869. He was educated at Margate and Hereford [England]. Whilst still a child, he astonished his parents by the wonderful facility with which he drew any natural object that attracted his attention. His father, delighted with this evidence of his son's abnormal artistic endowments, consulted Dr. Henry Graves, the well-known publisher, of Pall Mall, who advised his being apprenticed as an engraver to Mr. A.C. Alais. Not being satisfied with this opinion, [Wilson's father] consulted other publishers, and was strongly advised to apprentice his son to Mr. Joseph B. Pratt, then one of the most promising mezzotinters. This was done, and [Wilson] entered Mr. Pratt's studio at the age of fifteen. After serving his full time, he remained as assistant to Mr. Pratt for seventeen years. This proved a valuable training for the young engraver, as he worked with the master upon the finest plates of the day, and to this must be attributed the full development of the powers which have placed Mr. Wilson in the front rank of his contemporaries.

Wishing, at this period, to work independently, and to assert his personality as an artist, he, for [more than] a year, endeavored to obtain a commission, but without success. Eventually, as a last resource, he called upon Messrs. Vicars Brothers, of Old Bond Street, who did their best to help him. Not then being publishers themselves, they sent him with strong letters of recommendation to three of the leading publishing firms, but with no result, though two of these firms had previously expressed to Messrs. Vicars their willingness to commission him. Mr. Wilson naturally returned to Messrs. Vicars very disheartened, and they, sympathising with him in his difficulty, gave him a commission to engrave Lady Hamilton as Nature , after Geo. Romney. When published, this plate was a phenomenal success, the whole issue of proofs in colour being sold in one day to the London trade.

An agreement for a number of years was then arranged with Messrs. Vicars, and for them he [had] worked exclusively..

The great feature in the art-publishing world undoubtedly has been the modern colour proof, which has created a demand which has increased with the supply. This is only to be explained, so far as Messrs. Vicars are concerned, by the very high standard of excellence reached and maintained by Mr. Wilson, whose efforts have brought the most beautiful works of art into the homes of all people of artistic sensibilities.

Sidney E. Wilson died at the grand age of 94 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.