Spanish Lady Carmen Print 1892 Ornate Frame
Offering this beautiful 1892 steel engraving print of dark eyed Spanish lady named Carmen. Set in a rich burgundy matting and a lovely raised detail floral and leaf wood frame. Protective glass covering. This engraving is from an art book titled "Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction, and the Dramas, by Rev. Cobham Brewer, 1892". Original artist was J. Koppay. This engraving was derived from Merimee's Carmen. Informational sheet that will accompany the engraving reads: The narrator of the story is on the banks of the Guadalquiver, at the time in the evening when the women bathe there. "A woman descended the stairway that led to the river and seated herself near me. She was simply, perhaps poorly, dressed all in black, like the greater part of the grisettes in the evening. As she approached me, my bather allowed the mantilla that covered her head to slip down on her shoulders, and in the dim light of the stars, I saw that she was small, young, well made, and with very large eyes...Her skin, although perfectly smooth, strongly approximated copper in color. Her eyes were oblique, but admirably shaped; her lips rather large, but well formed, and displaying teeth whiter than blanced almonds. Her hair, perhaps a little coarse, was black, long and glossy, with blue tints like the wing of a raven." Fine condition on engraving, no tears or stains; frame has very minimal edge wear that does not detract. A beautiful print for any decor, from victorian to modern!
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