Le Tondeur De Moutons / The Sheep Shearer

Scarce early c.19th hand coloured stipple engraving of seated sheep shearer by Henry Singleton (1766-1839).

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Le Tondeur De Moutons / The Sheep Shearer




Minor light spots in areas, otherwise in good condition.


Hand coloured stipple engraving

Image Size: 

x 430mm

Frame Size: 

x 720mm
Le Tondeur De Moutons / The Sheep Shearer - Antique Print from 1810

Genuine antique



Scarce early c.19th hand coloured stipple engraving of seated sheep shearer by Henry Singleton (1766-1839).

Henry Singleton (1766 - 1839)

English painter and miniaturist. He was not yet two years old when his father died, so he was raised by his uncle William Singleton (d. 1793), who had studied under the tutelage of Ozias Humphry and painted portraits and miniatures. Another uncle, Joseph Singleton, exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1773 and 1788. Henry’s sisters Maria and Sarah (later Macklarinan) were miniaturists who exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1808 to 1820 and from 1787 to 1806 respectively. From the age of sixteen, Singleton worked as a professional portraitist. He attended the Royal Academy Schools from the age of seventeen and won the silver medal in 1784. His painting from John Dryden’s ode Alexander’s Feast won the gold medal in 1788. In 1793, Singleton was commissioned by the Royal Academy to paint a group portrait of forty of the academicians. Ironically, he never became a member or an associate of the Academy himself. Early in his career, Singleton was noted for large compositions from the Bible, Shakespeare or contemporary historical events. Although his portrait work was always in demand, he never achieved the great success as a historical painter that his early promise indicated. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, between 1784 and 1839, approximately 300 works, a large proportion of which were portraits, with scriptural subjects making up much of the remainder. He was for many years the Royal Academy's oldest living exhibitor. His works were also exhibited at the British Institution from 1806 and at the Society of British Artists from 1824 until his death in 1839. Henry Singleton died in London at the age of 72, at the house of a friend at 7 Kensington Gore, and was buried in the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

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Louis Charles Ruotte (1754 - 1806)

French stipple engraver, pupil of Le Mire in Paris and associated with Bartolozzi in London in 1781-4, where he married in 1782. He later returned to France.

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