Posted 12 months ago
This is a true mystery and I have only been able to date it to the 1870's via an antique dealer I met with some years ago. He determined that the frame, mat and glass were from that period and original. I know there are prints of this image with the same signature but I have taken the back off of this and it has been done on old parchment and it is the etching itself and not a print. There is also no attribute to any maker of a "print" which you would find on every re-print of an original work. There is only the signature appears to say "Loiuteau" but the script (as you will see) is oddly ornate and may indicate another name. There is an auction house listing a print of this same work but I feel strongly this is the original. Any information on this work would be greatly appreciated. I've had it for nearly 20 years and I have found nothing with respect to the artist. It is a hand-painted etching according to the aforementioned dealer.