This is an original 1876 black and white relief line-block print of a mendicant and his granddaughter in Spain. A mendicant is someone who has vowed to live a life of poverty in order to expend all of his or her energy in preaching his or her religion and in serving the poor.
This 135+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. Light moisture wrinkling. Please note: There is printing on the verso.
Product Type: Relief Line-block Print; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
Dimensions: Approximately 7 x 7.5 inches; 18 x 19 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
This piece was illustrated by DorŽ, Paul Gustave. There is no visible artist signature.
Paul Gustave Doré (1832Ð1883)
Doré was an incredibly talented French artist, best known for his wood and steel engravings. As a child growing up in Strasbourg, he constantly got into trouble for his elaborate pranks, which in hindsight were a testament to his extremely creative mind. Among others, he illustrated editions of such notable works as the Holy Bible, Don Quixote, and the writings of Lord Byron.
Keywords specific to this image: Espana, Staff, Cane, Hat, Robe, Shawl, Poor, Elderly