This is an 1891 artist proof, mezzotint print entitled “To The Death, A Sword and Dagger Fight with one Hand Beats Cold Death Aside and the other Sends it Back” signed by the Scottish painter John Pettie, R.A. (1839-1893) and the engraver Arthur Turrell. The stunning print depicts two swordsmen in 17th century regalia engaged in deadly combat.
The original painting was finished in 1877 under the title “Sword and Dagger Fight” – this print was accomplished 14 years later on January 24, 1891 – limited to 300 Artist Proofs, 25 Presentation Editions and 100 Limited Prints. This edition having been signed by both the original artist and engraver is probably one of only a handful in existence.
Spectacular First Edition Fencing Print
Framed Size: 25" x 32"