Hymans, Henri (1836-1912; Belgian) after Dell’Acqua, Cesare (1821-1905; Italian)
The Tortoise Merchant
Presented by the Belgian Government, 1868
Unidentified; present location unknown
Both pre-Felton prints by Hymans (for details, see linked entry) reproduced works by contemporary Italian painters.
Dell’Acqua, born in Trieste, moved to Brussels in 1848 and became a successful painter of historical works, genre paintings and Orientalist compositions, for both the Belgian and Italian markets. Unfortunately the source of this print cannot be identified; it may have been an Italian genre scene, or one of his Greek or Turkish views.
[comparative photo: Les marchandes de violettes de Trieste 1871 (auctioned in Brussels in June 2017)]
PF (1868; acc.no.p.179.11-1); AR 1870-71, p.35; not listed in NGV 1894 or 1905
For Dell’Acqua, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesare_Dell%27Acqua (with further references); and for the work reproduced here, see https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/huile-sur-toile-les-marchandes-de-violettes-de-t-304-c-86a4ac7974# (websites accessed 17 Oct.2020)