This framed Victorian-era engraving dated 1857 features one of a pairing of painted works by Victorian artist Abraham Solomon, called "The Departure" and "The Return." This particular engraving features "The Departure" and depicts a family traveling second class to a port where the young boy will go to sea. Both paintings by Solomon are held in the National Railway Museum UK . Of "The Departure" they write "The painting is a contemporary image of rail travel showing the discomfort of the lower classes traveling in a draughty bench-seated second class carriage. Despite their discomfort this shows how the railways opened up travel to the less wealthy as well as those with money. It also shows how the industry allowed travel nationally and internationally, with the posters in the background advertising passage to Australia highlighting the growing trend of emigration. " (National Railway Museum UK website). The advertising includes ship departures for Port Phillip and Sydney.
This engraving is mounted in an original gilt-frame with glass. The frame has some surface wear and losses present and the glass itself has some debris underneath. This piece could be cleaned up a bit and re-framed using this original frame or new framing could be used, however, we prefer to keep the original intact as is. The frame is gold leaf over gesso and plaster on wood. The back shows the framer information, which was located in Paris. The print was made in London, England.
Frame measures 28.85"H x 35.75"W x 0.75"D. Please see all images for details. Shipping cost includes expert packing, transport and insurance.