London: T. Bird, 1833. First edition. NA. Very Good. An unusual early nineteenth century hand-colored lithograph with a movable flap. This print honors King William and Queen Adelaide, the reigning British monarchs at the time. At first blush the print appears to be an appealing, but not out-of-the-ordinary, botanical print of a pear hanging from a tendril. Lift the flap which constitutes the top two-thirds of the fruit and revealed is a dignified portrait of the regal pair in stolid middle age. 27 by 19 cm. The cameo of the royal couple is about 7 cm tall. The detailing of their dress and features is superb. There is some light foxing scattered on the white of the print, not affecting the imagery. The flap is held by a delicate, thin piece of paper, and so the flap needs to be manipulated with caution.
(Inventory #: 005000)
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