About the artist
James Charles Armytage, line and stipple engraver, specialised in small book illustrations after the work of contemporary artists, including engravings for John Ruskin’s ‘Modern Painter’s’ (1843-60). Armytage also produced engravings after J. M. W. Turner, Sir William Quiller Orchardson, Eyre Crowe, Jean-Léon Gérôme and Briton Rivière for ‘The Art Journal’. In his later years he was known as one of the last to specialise in line engraving. Armytage is thought to have produced over 200 plates during his career. He may have been a relative of Charles Armytage, who exhibited 17 watercolours at the Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street, between 1863 and 1874.