After H.P. Parker Deliverance John Wesley From Fire by Reynolds


A rare mezzotint, showing the ‘Providential deliverance of John Wesley when a child from Fire’, published in London.
After the original painting of Henry Perlee Parker (1795-1873) the mezzotint was engraved by Samuel William Reynolds Jr. (1792-1872) in 1840.

The print shows a house burning in the night, whilst the woman and children flee the area. A man at prayer sits in the foreground, whilst a crowd supports a man as he pulls the young John Wesley from an open window.

The print bears a lengthy dedication"To the Ministers and Members of the Wesleyan Methodist Societies throughout the World, together with the Christian Public generally. This Print representing the Providential deliverance of John Wesley, when Six years of age from the Fire by which the Parsonage house at Epworth in Lincolnshire was destroyed, on the night of February 9th, 1709 - Taken from the original Picture painted & presented by the Artist to the Conference, to be placed in the Centenary Hall, London, as Commemorative of the Centenary of Methodism, celebrated October 1839. Is most respectfully Dedicated by their very obedient Servant, Henry Perlee Parker / Painted by H.C. Parker / Engraved by S.W. Reynolds 15 Holland St Kensington / Printed by Brooker & Harrison / Published by H.P. Parker, London, August 20th 1840.”

The only other example of the mezzotint we have found is in the British Museum, having been acquired in 1866.

The condition of the picture is largely good, having been mounted in a substantial Victorian gilt frame. The top of the print however, has faded over time and shows small areas of wear. Annoyingly, the title section of the mezzotint has been cropped and stuck to the reverse of the picture.

Size of Frame: 92.5 x 70.5 x 3cm
Size of Picture: 78.3 x 56cm
Weight: 5.6kg