Gilt Framed Lithograph of Englishman
Sir James Taylor Ingham (1805-1890) was Chief of the Metropolitan Police Magistrates at the Bow Street Court in London. He was knighted by Queen Victoria for his services. Caricatured and profiled by "Spy" in Vanity Fair, he was one of the subjects of Punch's Fancy Portraits, where he was drawn with an eagle's body on The Bench, with the caption "The Eagle Beak of Bow Street."
This print is a lithograph of an original hand colored pen and ink drawing. Distinguished by his muttonchop whiskers and hooked nose, Sir James is depicted sitting in an upholstered chair with carved arms next to a table that holds an inkwell with a quill pen. He's wearing a blue double-breasted suit and holding a sheaf of papers, looking relaxed but magisterial. The print is signed "irv" in the original, over Sir James's right shoulder, and signed and numbered in pencil on the print's lower margin "9/200 Sir James Irv."
The sight size of the print is 6 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches, including margins. It's surrounded by a double cut mat, the outer one white, the inner one a pretty blue. The one inch wide wood frame is painted in a speckled antique gold and has a few tiny chips on the top edges. The overall size is 14 1/2 by 13 1/2 inches and it weighs a little over 2 pounds. Everything is in excellent condition, including the glass and the dust paper on the back, along with the sturdy hanging wire.
This is an elegant, decorative artwork in an excellent size for a gallery wall...or by itself, on a wall, shelf or table.