From Jennifer Burt:
I think this solves your mystery print. We believe it is what was called a cigar print. They were prints that you could receive in exchange for cigarette papers or cigar papers. You can learn more HERE.
The artist that originally painted the piece is Heywood Hardy, he would have sold the rights for the painting to the printer. I have some information on Heywood Hardy below.
Heywood Hardy was a painter and etcher of animals, portraits, genre and sporting subjects. He was born in Chichester, on 25th November 1842, son of the artist James Hardy, Sr (1801-79) and younger brother of James Hardy Jr (1832-89).
Hardy left home at the age of 17, and attempted to earn a living by painting animal pictures. He did this successfully, and, after a short time with the 7th Somerset Volunteers, he borrowed some money from his brother and traveled to Paris. In 1864 he entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts to study under the battle artist, Pielse.
He returned to England in 1868 and found he was in great demand. He was often invited to country estates to paint portraits, sporting pictures and animal studies. Hardy continued to enjoy commissions for portraits, animal studies and hunting scenes, but he decided to concentrate on painting genre subjects. In addition, he provided illustrations for magazines such as the Illustrated London News, and The Graphic, as well as producing etchings of his work.
In 1870 Hardy and his family moved to St John’s Wood, London – an area then popular with artists. During this period his career flourished and he was elected a member of a number of societies including The Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
In 1909 Hardy moved to West Sussex and at the age of 83, he painted the first in a series of eight panels depicting Biblical scenes for the chancel of Clymping Church, to mark its 700th anniversary in 1925. At the time, these panels caused considerable controversy as they depicted Christ walking on the Sussex Downs and local farmland, amidst modern figures, said to be residents from nearby villages.
Exhibited: Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street (1863 to 1871)
Royal Academy (46 paintings between 1864 and 1919)
The British Institute
The Old Watercolour Society.
From Mark Castator:
This subject has always fascinated me since the time I bought about 6 large style prints at a local fleamarket on the basis that I recognized some of the subject images as being the same as the Newsboy Cards.
The Newsboy advertising cards predominantly were given away by retailers of NEWSBOY PLUG TOBACCO and advertised large 17″ x 25″ prints of the smaller ad card picture in return for 10 paper tags from NEWSBOY PLUG TOBACCO. In addition most of the smaller ad cards can also be found indicating that they were also given away with Newspapers and potentially with other periodicals – the examples I have not that they were included with THE RECORDER, which I think was a Philadelphia newspaper.