Gypsies stealing a child


Henry Singleton.  “Gipsey’s Stealing A Child.”  London, 1801.  16 1/2 x 22 1/4.  Mezzotint by F. Green.  Original hand color.  With some wear in margins and repaired tears in bottom margin.  Otherwise, very good condition and appearance.



Henry Singleton (1766-1839) was a British artist of genre, historical, literary and biblical themed scenes.  He was a precocious talent, exhibiting at the Society of Artists at age 14 and entering the Royal Academy Schools three years later.  He exhibited every year from 1784 until his death at the Royal Academy and also at the British Institution beginning with its founding in 1806.  Many of his paintings were made into mezzotints which became widely popular.  This is a fine example of his work, beautifully mezzotinted in 1801.