Thursday, 1 December 2011

Antique Animal Prints

Robert Hills O.W.S. original etchings were produced at the begining of the 19th century.  Exquisite detail and a free etching style perfectly depict these images of deer and stags. He produced many different series of antique animal prints including sheep, pigs and dogs.

Robert Hills O.W.S. - Study of a Stag

Robert Hills O.W.S. 1769 - 1844
painter and etcher of animals, Born in Islington, he seems to have been self taught. He was the secretary and later Treasurer of the Old Watercolour Society. All his plates were etched around the turn of the 19th century and is recorded as producing one lithograph at this time.
Hills studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1788, having first received lessons in drawing from J.A. Gresse (1741-1794), and he began exhibiting at the Academy in 1791. He became best known for his watercolours and drawings of animals, and he was also a prolific etcher of such subjects, as the large number of prints which he made between 1798 and 1815 demonstrate. He was a founder member in 1804 of the important exhibiting society known as The Old Society of Painters in Watercolour or Old Water-Colour Society (OWS), and became its first secretary. The O.W.S became the Royal Watercolour Society in 1804

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