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This is an original 1893 etching (individually hand-painted) of the Interior of the Parochial Church of St. Joseph.
The reverse of this etching states the church is not yet completed, but will endure great decoration and adornment by the architecturally inclined brothers of the Sacred Guardianship as soon as it is permitted.
Period Paper is pleased to offer an extraordinary and rare collection of original etchings of the Holy Land including Syria, Cyprus and Egypt. Created to document the history of the Franciscan missions in the Holy Land, these etchings provide an excellent historic visual record of the landscape, architecture, and people of Palestine and the Middle East. Each individually hand-painted etching (from a photograph) is mounted on a thick fiber board with a stunning decorative design lithographed in rich gold gilt. These museum-quality etchings are impossible to find anywhere.
Accompanying each original etching is a digital print (for reference) of the description of the image in English, Latin, French, Italian, and German. (Please see both images.)
This 118+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No water damage. This 5 x 7 inch etching is mounted on its original fiber board measuring approx. 10.5 x 8 inches (note: there is printing on the reverse of the mounting board). The etching is in spectacular condition and would look stunning framed. (Please note that any aging in the outer margins is more pronounced in the digital image than on the actual item. In addition, the brilliant gold gilt appears dull brown in the digital image.)
Keywords specific to this image: Gualassini Bertarelli, Milano, Jerusalem