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The Charitable Lady.
The Charitable Lady.
Painted by William Bigg. Engraved by Grant.
London Pub.et as the act Dire.t by Smith in Oxford Street. [n.d. c.1800.]
Stipple printed in brown ink, very rare. Plate 316 x 350mm. 12½ x 13¾". Trimmed close to platemark.
A well-dressed woman standing with her two daughters and her black servant outside the cottage of a poor woman kneeling at the door with her baby in her arms, her hand outstretched towards one of the rich girls, from whom she appears to be taking money.
See Ref: 21396 for mezzotint of the same scene, by J.R. Smith.
[Ref: 26926]   £260.00  
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The Good Child.  [&]  The Dunce.
The Good Child. [&] The Dunce.
W.R. Bigg Pinxt. W. Nutter Sculpt.
London Publishd. Jany. 1st: 1797 by W. Bond No.98 Charlotte Stt. Rathbone Place & ye. Proprietor No.60 Wilsted Street Sommers Town St Pancrass.
Pair of stipples, each sheet c.230 x 165mm. 9 x 6½". Trimmed to plates.
The contrasting fortunes of two children: the studious child at home has cheerfully mastered her lessons from a book, while her less fortunate contemporary has been told to stay behind after school to sweep the classroom; her fellow pupils are waved on their way home by the school master in the background. After William Redmore Bigg (1755 - 1828).
[Ref: 13551]   £320.00   view all images for this item
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Health and Sickness.
Health and Sickness.
Painted by W. R. Bigg. A. Engraved by T. Gaugain.
London, Pubd. Janry. 1795, by P. Gaugain, No. 4 Little Compton Street, Soho.
Stipple, 615 x 495mm, 24¼ x 19½"
A healthy cottager handing a glass of milk to a sick lady.
[Ref: 8599]   £280.00  
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The Birth of an Heir.  La Naissance d'un Heritier.  [&]  Christening the Heir.  La Bateme d'un Heritier.
The Birth of an Heir. La Naissance d'un Heritier. [&] Christening the Heir. La Bateme d'un Heritier.
Painted by W.R. Bigg A.R.A. Engraved by W. Ward.
Pub. May 16, 1800, by Messrs. Wards & Co. No.6 Newman Street, London.
Pair of mezzotints, each 490 x 615mm. 19¼ x 24¼". Damage to bottom corner of 'Birth of an heir'
Two large interior scenes of a happy family welcoming a new addition. After William Redmore Bigg (1755 - 1828).
Frankau: 281.
[Ref: 11938]   £480.00   view all images for this item
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A Lady and her Children relieving a Cottager.
A Lady and her Children relieving a Cottager.
Painted by W. Bigg. Engrav'd by J.R. Smith.
London Publish'd March 1. 1784, by I. Birchall. No 473 Strand.
Mezzotint. Plate 455 x 555mm. 17¾ x 21¾". Creasing and tearingwith a little all over rubbing and wear laid onto conservation tissue.
A scene outside a cottage on a wealthy estate; a well-dressed woman, accompanied by her two daughters, a young black servant, who holds a cloak and umbrella, and a small dog, instructing her youngest child to give money to a poor woman, kneeling beside her doorway and holding her sleeping baby. Slavery item.
Frankau: 204; iii/iii. See CS: 180 [only one state described.]
[Ref: 21396]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)

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Serjeant D: Macleod.
Serjeant D: Macleod. Born in the Isle of Skye. Aged 102: Who has served five Crowned Heads. Is now in Good health: has 12 sons in his Majesty's Service. And one Son 9 Years Old.
Painted by W.R. Bigg. Engraved by I.Grozer.
[n.d., 1791.]
Stipple. Sheet 180 x 115mm. Trimmed within plate.
[Ref: 7095]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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[Nursery Scene.]
[Nursery Scene.]
[after William Redmore Bigg?]
London, Pub.d Dec.r 24. 1794, by J. Thane, Spur Street, Leicester Square.
Stipple, unfinished proof. 280 x 200mm (11 x 8") very large margins.
A nurse with two small children, one reading from a book. A pencil annotation ascribes this to Bigg but we have been unable to trace a finished example.
Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 44292]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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The Plundering Vagrants, or, Gipsies Detected. [&] The Peasant's Integrity, or, Lost Lamb Restored.
The Plundering Vagrants, or, Gipsies Detected. [&] The Peasant's Integrity, or, Lost Lamb Restored.
Painted by W.R. Bigg A. Engrav'd by W. Barnard.
London: Published March 28.th 1802. by W. Barnard, No.1 Fitzroy Str. Fitzroy Square.
Pair of fine mezzotints, printed in colour and hand finished. 481 x 604mm (19 x 23¾"), with large margins.
Two fine mezzotints after William Redmore Bigg: three peasant children returning a lamb to a shepherdess; and three children, in ragged clothes, plead with an older man, who holds a dead bird, shaking a cane at them.
[Ref: 29031]   £680.00   view all images for this item
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The Plundering Vagrants, or Gypsies Detected.
The Plundering Vagrants, or Gypsies Detected.
Painted by W. R. Bigg A. Engraved by W. Barnard.
London: Published March 28.th. by W. Barnard N.o.1. Fitzroy S.t., Fitzroy Square.
Mezzotint partly printed in fine colour with very large margins. Plate: 600 x 480mm, (23 x 19"). Some slight staining and repaired damage in margin.
An exterior scene in which a man scolds three gypsy children after discovering them while out hunting with his dog. In the distance figures can be seen riding off into the woods.
Ex: Collection of the Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 35745]   £360.00  
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Birth Day Present to Old Nurse.
Birth Day Present to Old Nurse.
Painted by W. R. Bigg. A. Engrav'd by T. Gaugain.
London, pub'd July 1795, by P. Gaugain, No. 4 Little Compton Street, Soho.
Stipple engraving with very large margins. platemark: 610 x 490mm. (24 x 19¼"). Slight foxing to edges but image excellent.
Group of figures in the garden of cottage. Two children are seen presenting their nurse with birthday presents; the boy a bottle, the girl holding basket of fruit; their mother looking on lovingly. After a painting by William Redmore Biggs (1755 - 1828), painter of genre scenes and portraits.
From the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection.
[Ref: 28427]   £350.00  
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A Shipwrecked Sailor Boy telling his Story at a Cottage Door. Un Jeune Matelot racontant son Naufrage à la porte d’une Chaumière.
A Shipwrecked Sailor Boy telling his Story at a Cottage Door. Un Jeune Matelot racontant son Naufrage à la porte d’une Chaumière.
W.R. Bigg Pinx. J. Schmitz Sculp.
Se vend à Paris chez Potrelle M.d d'Estampes, Rue St. Honore No.54. [n.d. c.1805.]
Coloured stipple, partly printed in colour. 470 x 555mm (18½ x 21¾"). Very fine. Cut to platemark.
Cottage door scene where a young sailor boy stands recounting his tale of the shipwreck to an engaged audience; a bird in a cage hangs from the thatched roof; the shipwreck and ocean seen in the distance to the right. One of many continental copies of British stipples published around the turn of the 19th century.
[Ref: 28908]   £320.00  
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Mr. Thomas Tayler,  Twenty Two Years Master Of Lloyds Coffee House.  Died 6th. June 1796, aged 50.
Mr. Thomas Tayler, Twenty Two Years Master Of Lloyds Coffee House. Died 6th. June 1796, aged 50.
W.R. Bigg A.R.A. pinxt. Gate St. Lins. Inn Fields. W. Ward sculp.
Publish'd Novr. 1st. 1796. as the Act directs.
Mezzotint. 355 x 285mm. Some evidence of rubbing to the mezzotint on what is otherwise a fine impression. Two small tears to right paper edge, well outside plate.
Thomas Tayler [1746 - 1796], Master of Lloyd's Coffee House. The coffee house that Edward Lloyd opened in 1687 near the Thames on Tower Street was a favourite haunt of men from the ships that moored at London's docks. The house was 'spacious, well built and inhabited by able tradesmen' according to a contemporary publication. It grew so popular that in 1691 Lloyd moved it to much larger and more luxurious quarters on Lombard Street. Nat Ward, a publican whom Alexander Pope accused of trading vile rhymes for tobacco, reported that the tables in the new house were 'very neat and shined with rubbing.' A staff of five served tea and sherbet as well as coffee. Lloyd's coffee house served from the start as the headquarters for marine underwriters, in large part because of its excellent mercantile and shipping connections. In 1771 seventy-nine of the underwriters who did business at Lloyd's subscribed £100 each and joined together in the Society of Lloyd's, an unincorporated group of individual entrepreneurs operating under a self-regulated code of behavior. These were the original Members of Lloyd's; later, members came to be known as 'Names.' The Names committed all their worldly possessions and all their financial capital to secure their promise to make good on their customers' losses. That commitment was one of the principal reasons for the rapid growth of business underwritten at Lloyd's over the years. In 1774 the 'Subscribers to Lloyd's' occupied new premises at the Royal Exchange at Cornhill. By the turn of the century the traditional club of marine underwriters had become an international market for insurance risks of almost every type. Lloyd's pre-eminence as a world centre for insurance had been established.
CS: 83. Only state. Frankau: 288. Only state.
[Ref: 655]   £490.00  
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[A Village Girl Gathering Nuts.]
[A Village Girl Gathering Nuts.]
W.R. Bigg pinxit. P.W. Tomkins Sculpt late pupil of F Bartolozzi.
London Published as the Act directs May 1. 1789 by S. Watts No. 50 opposite old round Court Strand.
Stipple engraving, scratched letter proof before title, printed in sepia. 415 x 320mm (17¼ x 12½").
A girl in patterned dress and bonnet using a stick to hook the branches of the trees above her, to which she reaches to gather nuts, a basket beside her on the ground. A companion to 'A Cottage Girl Shelling Pease';
[Ref: 8091]   £420.00  
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[A Village Girl Gathering Nuts.]
[A Village Girl Gathering Nuts.]
W.R. Bigg pinxit. P.W. Tomkins Sculpt late pupil of F Bartolozzi.
London Published as the Act directs May 1. 1789 by S. Watts No. 50 opposite old round Court Strand.
Stipple engraving, scratched letter proof before title. 415 x 320mm (17¼ x 12½") very large margins.
A girl in patterned dress and bonnet using a stick to hook the branches of the trees above her, to which she reaches to gather nuts, a basket beside her on the ground. A companion to 'A Cottage Girl Shelling Pease';
[Ref: 45046]   £320.00  
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