JOHN ABSOLON (English / 1815-1895)

The painter and printmaker John Absolon was born in Lambeth in 1815. Despite his London origins, Absolon concentrated on scenes of rural life. He was a precocious artist, who began to paint portraits in oil at the age of 15, and exhibited for the first time at the age of 17, at the Suffolk Street Gallery. In 1839 Absolon returned to London after four years study in Paris. At this time he abandoned oil for watercolour, joining the New Water-Colours Society, of which he was for many years the Secretary. John Absolon's paintings were often engraved by others, but he also made some original etchings, notably a series illustrating the months of the rural year for the first series of Joseph Cundall's periodical The Playmate in 1847; by the time Cundall issued the second series in 1849, Absolon's illustrations were being engraved on wood by Dalziel. The etchings John Absolon created for The Playmate (we believe there are only six of them) are remarkable for the way he achieves tonal effects by the use of line, stipple, and cross-hatching, without any aquatint.

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Selected prints by JOHN ABSOLON

Tapping Beer, 1847
Haymaking, 1847
Gathering May, 1847

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