Lady Godiva. Handcolored print after Joseph van Lerius, 1873.
Joseph Henri François van Lerius’ Lady Godiva was exhibited at the Antwerp Salon in 1870 and bought by the London art dealer Henry Graves. Nobody seems to know where it is now and no photo of the painting exists. This is a hand-colored mixed media engraving by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, published by Henry Graves & Co., London, 1873, auctioned by Christie’s London in 2007 for £780. The “after Jan van Lerius” must have been an error of the printmaker, Jan would be the equivalent of John, not Joseph.