Mice in the Grain (Untitled) | Ink, Pencil & Gouache | Victorian
The mice are feasting on the grain again, but from behind stacked sacks the miller’s tabby peeps, planning his strategy… This superb piece is characteristic of the Late Victorian and Early Edwardian illustrative style, and is so finely worked that at first glance it appears to be an engraving. The medium is primarily ink and pencil, with touches of white gouache in places, and the artist has framed the image with a two ink margin lines.
The drawing is untitled and undated, but the artistic style and paper condition suggests a date somewhere between 1885 and perhaps 1920, but we think that circa 1900 is most likely. It is also unsigned, but the ‘GD’ marked on two of the grain sacks may be the artist working his initials into the piece; we can’t be sure of this, and can’t offer a suggestion of who the artist might be, but this is certainly the work of a confident and professional hand.
This artwork has been professionally mounted with quality pH neutral materials and is ready to give as a gift or place into your choice of 8″ x 10″ frame. As with all original art from Thrilled Kitty, this piece is guaranteed to be an original work and not a copy, print, or reproduction.
Condition Report: An original antique artwork in very good condition. Paper is generally good, clean and uncreased. Bears some minor surface marks from the passage of time. A few tiny spots of foxing in the margins and a larger spot of foxing in the centre of the image (just below the middle of the open grain sack), but we note nothing that distracts in any significant way from the artwork. The sheet lies flat in the mount.
Type: Original Artwork, not signed or dated but artist’s initials may be worked into the image (Explain this)
Medium: Ink, pencil & gouache on paper
Mount & Under-mount Materials: Daler-Rowney Poster Black
Framed or Unframed: Unframed (See our Framing Guide for help)
Frame Size Required: 8 inches x 10 inches (20.5 cm x 25.5 cm approx.)
Orientation (Portrait or Landscape): Portrait