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Shakespeare’s House (1895)

This lovely copperplate engraving comes from the distinguished landscape illustrator, Wilfred Ball. Ball was born in London, in January of 1853. After spending time as an accountant (his father disdained the idea of him becoming an artist), he began exhibiting art at the Royal Academy in 1877. His first pieces were simple etching, but after acceptance to the Royal Academy, he left his position as an accountant to pursue work as an artist. 

These lovely illustration are some of the first pieces that drew attention to Ball, after renown artist James Whistler took notice of his illustrations of Stratford-On-Avon. These pieces were printed in 1896, on a heavy weight paper. They have the embossing of the plate mark around them, and are packaged in acid/lignin free packaging.