|John Keyse Sherwin.|
The Happy Village. [&] The Deserted Village.
Designed and Engraved by J. K. Sherwin, Historical Engraver to His Majesty & to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Published the 1. Sept. 1787 by J. Kirby No. 7 Gresse Street Rathbone Place London.
Mixed-method engraving with good later hand colour. Pair. Each 480 x 590mm.
A pair of scenes from Oliver Goldsmith's The Deserted Village, written in 1770 to condemn rural depopulation and the pursuit of excessive wealth.
John Keyse Sherwin was a well-known and accomplished engraver. A pupil of Bartolozzi. According to Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers 'he fell into poverty, and died at a tavern which formerly stood where Swallow Street joins Oxford Street in London' (now Oxford Circus).
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