C1860 Stipple Engraving Portrait of Goethe after Isabey.
The newspaper on the back is dated 1860, and in this rare case I think this actually reflects the real age of the framed stipple engraving of Goethe. The image is after a C1808 water colour by Jean-Baptiste Isabey, French (1767-1855) . 27.7 cm by 23.5 cm.
Old newspapers and books have long been used to paper the backs of mirrors and works of art to suggest a greater age than the products actually enjoy. Faking 101!
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