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The Classical Almamater Coachman Oxford.
The Classical Almamater Coachman Oxford.
Drawn, Etch.d & Pub.d, by Dighton, Char.g Cross. Jan.y 1808.
Hand-coloured etching, with manuscript annotation. Plate: 220 x 290mm, (8¾ x 11½"). Some diagonal creasing.
A portrait of Tilleman Hodgkinson Bobart (c.1771-1838), a coachman who ran a four horse coach between Oxford and London. Bobart had attended University College but never graduated. He was forced to give up the road due to accidents and was made Esquire Bedel in Law in 1815. 'Mr. Bobart' annotated in plate.
[Ref: 41517]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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An Aristocrat.
An Aristocrat.
Dighton del.
London: London Printed for Bowles & Carver, No. 69 St. Paul's Church Yard. [n.d. c, 1790]
Mezzotint. Plate: 110 x 145mm (4¼ x 5¾"). Large margins. Some slight paper tone.
Portrait of a man in an oval smoking a long pipe, who holds a piece of paper on which is written 'AN HONEST MAN will FEAR GOD. HONOUR the KING. and DO as HE would be DONE BY.' Beside the man rests a glass, a decanter of wine and a book titled 'British Peerage', whilst on the wall behind hangs a diagram of 'British Constitution' in which 'Lords', 'Commons' and 'King' form an equilateral triangle with 'Public Good' in the centre. A framed portrait of George III rests below.
BM 9045. Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 35002]   £220.00  
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The Artillery Driver.
The Artillery Driver. 'I once was a Waggoner sly and dry, As e'er joggd over the Downs, . . . But hating a tiresome, lazy life, And fearless of wounds and death, I set out on a tramp, to follow the Camp, And drive, to the jig of a drum and a fife, King's cattle on Bagshot heath...'
[Robert Dighton].
Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, No.69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London.
Mezzotint. 250 x 350mm. Surface dirt, crease in upper right,
A camp scene. In the foreground (right) stands a yokel in a smock-frock, his hair falling on his shoulders but wearing a military hat. He holds a long whip and points with his right forefinger as if addressing an audience. Beneath the title are the words of his song (39 lines) beginning: 'I once was a Waggoner sly and dry, As e'er joggd over the Downs... But hating a tiresome, lazy life, And fearless of wounds and death, I set out on a tramp, to follow the Camp, And drive, to the jig of a drum and a fife, King's cattle on Bagshot heath.' Behind are tents and cannon in a landscape with small figures: sentries, officers, and ladies. The nearest tent (right) has the Prince of Wales's feathers and the word 'Demezy'.
[Ref: 7249]   £260.00  
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[George Frederick Cooke.] Mr Cooke.
[George Frederick Cooke.] Mr Cooke. Ha! am I king? 'tis so - but - Edward lives.
Drawn, Etch'd by Dighton.
Pub.d Dec.r 1st 1800 by Dighton. Char.g Cross No 12.
Fine coloured etching, (Ed)meads 1808 watermark; 270 x 210mm (10½ x 8¼"). Very large margins.
The actor George Frederick Cooke (1756-1812) as Shakespeare's Richard III, performed at the Theatre Royal, the role that made him famous. However his career was blighted by his drinking.
Not in BM Satires.
[Ref: 39321]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Court of Equity, Bell-Savage Ludgate Hill.
Court of Equity, Bell-Savage Ludgate Hill.
Rob.t Dighton Pinxit. Rob.t Laurie Fecit.
Published Nov.r 1st 1778, by John Smith, Cheapside, London.
Scarce mezzotint. Sheet 360 x 430mm (14¼ x 16¾"). Trimmed to plate, laid on card, extensive cracking and surface rubbing. Damaged.
The interior of a club room, with a convivial group of men drinking and smoking. The motto behind the presiding officer's chair reads 'Mirth with Justice'. Through its lifespan The Bell Savage Inn was an Elizabethan playhouse, the coaching inn where Pocahontas stayed, the home of England's first rhinoceros and John Cassell's publishing house. It was demolished in 1873. George writes: ''The persons are well-characterized portraits. The chairman is 'Hurford, the Guildhall orator' (William Hurford, Deputy of Castlebaynard Ward). On his r., and on the extreme l. are Wright, distiller in Fleet Street, and Hamilton, clerk to William Woodfall, printer, holding the 'Morning Chronicle'. Opposite the latter sits Smith the printseller. On the chairman's l. are (l. to r.), Lamb, silversmith in Fetter Lane; Clark, sausage maker; Stephenson, an attorney; Clark, a bricklayer in Shoe Lane; Russell, a broker of Harp-Alley; Good, the auctioneer; Thorn; Dighton, the artist, on the extreme r. In the foreground (r.) by a small table sits Dighton's father; between the two Dightons is a man reading the 'Morning Post'. In front of him and facing the chairman stands Towse of Vauxhall, speaking, pipe in his l. hand, r. hand thrust in his waistcoat. Pipes, glasses, pots, papers of tobacco, and a punch-bowl are on the tables. Tom Thorpe, of the Globe Tavern, advances in the middle of the room, carrying a punch-bowl''. A rare print: the British Museum has two proof examples, yet George takes the title from Chaloner Smith, 'Court of Equity or Convivial City Meeting' with a date 1779. Apparently neither had seen a titled example.
BM Satire: 5530; CS 18. Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 44334]   £280.00  
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[Woman in enormous hat.]
[Woman in enormous hat.]
Rob. Dighton pinxit. R. Laurie Fecit.
London: Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett No 53 Fleet Street, 26 Feb.y 1778, as the Act directs.
Mezzotint with very large margins, extremely rare & decorative, platemark 115 x 90mm (4½ x 3½"). Uncut; glued to backing sheet along left side.
Decorative mezzotint by engraver and printseller Robert Laurie (1755?-1836), after Robert Dighton (1751-1814), draughtsman and singer. After the death of John Collett in 1780, Dighton became the foremost designer of droll mezzotints such as this. As business in the art world declined during the Napoleonic Wars, Dighton began stealing prints from the British Museum, only getting caught after several years of theft.
Ex: Oettingen-Wallenstein collection and collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; not in CS.
[Ref: 36691]   £280.00  
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[Woman holding quill and letter.]
[Woman holding quill and letter.]
Rob. Dighton pinxit. R. Laurie Fecit.
London: Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett No 53 Fleet Street, and J. Smith No 35 Cheapside, as the Act directs, 1st January 1778
Mezzotint with very large margins; extremely rare & decorative; platemark 115 x 95mm (4¼ x 3½"). Uncut; good impression; glued to backing sheet at lower left corner.
Decorative mezzotint by engraver and printseller Robert Laurie (1755?-1836), after Robert Dighton (1751-1814), draughtsman and singer. Shows a woman holding a letter inscribed 'My Lord Duke' and seemingly contemplating what to write next. After the death of John Collett in 1780, Dighton became the foremost designer of droll mezzotints such as this. As business in the art world declined during the Napoleonic Wars, Dighton began stealing prints from the British Museum, only getting caught after several years of theft.
Ex: Oettingen-Wallenstein collection and collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; not in CS.
[Ref: 36690]   £280.00  
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Descriptions of Battles by Sea & Land, in Two Volumes, From the Kings Library's at Greenwich & Chelsea.
Descriptions of Battles by Sea & Land, in Two Volumes, From the Kings Library's at Greenwich & Chelsea.
Drawn Etch'd & Pub'd by Dighton 12 Charing Cross March 1801.
Etching with fine hand-colouring and large margins, platemark 225 x 175mm (8¾ x 7"). Good colour.
Caricature of Greenwich and Chelsea pensioners, free to spend their retirement drinking, smoking and recounting their adventures. By Robert Dighton (1751-1814), prolific designer of gently satirical prints.
[Ref: 33706]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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[Pair of watercolours by Robert Dighton.] 360 Up to every thing. [&] who cares for you.
[Pair of watercolours by Robert Dighton.] 360 Up to every thing. [&] who cares for you.
['who cares...' signed] Dighton -del-.
[n.d., c.1780.]
Two watercolours. Each sheet 155 x 120mm (6 x 4¾"). Some spotting on 'Up to everything', ink mss slightly trimmed on 'who cares'.
Two buxom prostitutes, drawn half-length in oval borders. Both caricatures were published by Carington Bowles c.1780: 'Who Cares for You?' BM Satires 8418; and 'Up to Every Thing' BM 2010,7081.2173.
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Mr. Dodd.
Mr. Dodd.
R. Dighton Pinx.t. R. Laurie Sculp.
Published as the act Directs July 10th 1779 by W.m Richardson No.68 High Holborn
Mezzotint. 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Good impression with very large margins, uncut.
The prominent Georgian actor, James William Dodd (1740?1796), engraved Robert Laurie (1755?-1836) after Robert Dighton (1751-1814), as part of a series of small portraits of actors.
Ex: Oettingen-Wallenstein collection; CS 1 iii/iii. For individual portraits see refs. 36694-5.
[Ref: 36816]   £240.00  
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'Tis Comical I know ___ To have all this Rhino.
'Tis Comical I know ___ To have all this Rhino.
[after Robert Dighton]
Printed for & Sold by Bowles & Carver, / No. 69 St Pauls Church Yard, London. [n.d., after 1800]
Mezzotint with fine hand-colouring, sheet 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Trimmed inside platemark.
A sailor clutches bags of prize money, containing thousands of pounds. Much money was to be earned during the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars, when even ordinary seamen shared in the proceeds of the sale of enemy ships captured by the Royal Navy. Ships are visible through a window on left. This is believed to last of three states in which the print was published: the first in 1796, the second in 1800, and this final state with the publication line removed.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; not in BM Satires
[Ref: 32347]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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The First Interview, or Happiness Sacrificed to Riches. 516
The First Interview, or Happiness Sacrificed to Riches. 516
[after Robert Dighton.]
Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, No.69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [****] [1784.]
Mezzotint with fine hand colour. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Large margins, left margin repaired, tears in edges, date erased.
A young woman turns aside in disgust from a simian-looking suitor. Her father looks very unhappy.
BM Satires 6762; ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 37579]   £280.00  
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Five in the Morning.
Five in the Morning. Iam Allm_o_st do_n_e up_Dam_me.
[after Robert Dighton.]
London, Published 18 June 1795, by Haines & Son, No 19 Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane.
Mezzotint. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Heavily restored, with mss. fill.
A scene in the arcade of Covent Garden: a drunken dandy in shocking condition is poured into a sedan chair by two members of the Watch. At their feet is an advert for 'The Road to Ruin' at the Theatre Royal. From a set of Times of Day.
Not in BM Satires; ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 37584]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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James Fraser, Aged 67.
James Fraser, Aged 67.
Drawn by Dighton. Engraved by William Poole, 1807.
Engraving. Plate: 350 x 430mm, (13¾ x 17") very large margins. Creasing and surface dirt. Margins dusty.
A full-length portrait of James Fraser (1740-after 1802) a booker binder who was based in St Martin's Lane, London. He is seated to left with crossed legs, smiling towards the viewer and holding a paper labelled 'A Plan for reconciling the difference between the Masters & Journeymen Bookbinders'. On the table beside him are books labelled 'Memoirs of Mr Pitt', 'Estimates of Bookbinders' and 'Anecdotes of Lord Nelson', as well as a letter addressed to 'Mr James Fraser Book Binder Frontier Court St Martin's Lane'.
[Ref: 39969]   £480.00  
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James Fraser, Aged 67.
James Fraser, Aged 67.
Drawn by Dighton. Engraved by William Poole, 1807.
1807.
Etching and engraving, very scarce. Sheet size: 430 x 345mm. (17 x 13½") Trimmed inside platemark. Some light creasing outside of printed area.
A rare portrait of a Book Binder, full-length seated to left with crossed legs, smiling towards the viewer with his elbows on the arms of his chair, holding a paper labelled 'A Plan for reconciling the difference between the Masters & Journeymen Bookbinders'. To the left is a table covered with an inkstand, books labelled 'Memoirs of Mr Pitt', 'Estimates of Bookbinders' and 'Anecdotes of Lord Nelson', spectacles, the 'Oracle' for May 28 1802 containing an article clearly headed 'Mr Pitt's Birth Day', a letter addressed to 'Mr James Fraser Book Binder Frontier Court St Martin's Lane' and a paper labelled 'The Pilot that weatherd the Storm'. James Fraser (1740 - 1802) was a book binder in London.
See NPG: D38422.
[Ref: 31671]   £420.00  
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French Privateers, Cruising in the English Channel.
French Privateers, Cruising in the English Channel.
[After Robert Dighton.]
Printed for Carrington Bowles. No.69 St. Paul's Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs, 4 June 1792.
Hand coloured mezzotint, very fine. Platemark: 355 x 255mm (14 x 10"). Very slight damage in title area.
A risque image showing six French émigrés grouped at the roadside beside a signpost pointing to 'London' in one direction, and to 'Dover' in the other. A lean and elderly woman holding a poodle stands with her left hand in the arm of a man wearing a cocked hat with. On the right are two women holding large muffs. A second clipped poodle runs beside them. In the background is a coach inscribed 'London Dover Canterbury' is driving towards London with outside passengers; one, a sailor, waves his hat. The gable end of a cottage and trees complete the background.
BM Satires ref: 8226.
[Ref: 36988]   £490.00  
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[Captain John Hunter]
[Captain John Hunter]
[R. Dighton pinxit / D. Orme sculpsit]
[London: Pub.d Sepr 9 1792 by J. Stockdale, Piccadilly.]
Stipple engraving, sheet 175 x 150mm (7 x 6"). Trimmed to image, losing all text.
John Hunter (1737-1821), naval officer and colonial governor. An officer of the Royal Navy who rose to the rank of Vice-Admiral, Hunter succeeded Arthur Philip as governor of New South Wales, Australia. He explored the Parramatta River in 1788 and was the first to suggest that Tasmania might be an island. Prior to his appointment as Governor in 1795 he saw action at the Glorious First of June in 1794. Hunter's name is commemorated in Hunter Region, Hunter River, Hunter's Hill and Hunter Street. Frontispiece to Hunter's 'Journal of Transactions of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island' (1792), showing him holding papers including a landscape with a ship navigating a river.
O'D 1.
[Ref: 37543]   £260.00  
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[John Kemble] We serve a King whom we love = a God whom we Adore. Pizarro
[John Kemble] We serve a King whom we love = a God whom we Adore. Pizarro
Drawn. Etch'd & Pub.d by Dighton. Char.g Cross June. 1799.
Fine coloured etching, mint. 225 x 170mm (9 x 6¾"). Very large margins.
A slightly satirical portrait of John Philip Kemble (1757-1823) as Rolla the noble Peruvian in the play 'Pizarro', which opened on May 24, 1799, with Barrymore as Pizarro and Mrs Sarah Siddons as Elvira.
BM Satires 9436.
[Ref: 39319]   £230.00  
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Hamlet in Scotland.
Hamlet in Scotland. A Large manager in a Great Character. ... that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
Drawn & Etch'd by R. Dighton. 12 Charing Cross.
Pub.d Dec.r 6.th 1794.
Coloured etching. 225 x 160mm (8¾ x 6¼"). Very large margins.
Satirical portrait of George Stephen Kemble (1758-1822), actor and theatre manager, brother of Charles Kemble, John Philip Kemble and Sarah Siddons. In 1794 he took over management of the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, with his opening play being Hamlet, played by his brother John. However this caricature focuses on Stephen when he played Hamlet when he weighed 18 stone. He wears the sash of the Order of the Elephant, the highest order of Denmark.
[Ref: 39297]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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The Lottery Contrast.
The Lottery Contrast. Thirty Thousand I've got, How lucky's my lot. I'm as Poor as a Rat, Thank the Lottery for that.
Dighton del.
Printed for Bowles & Carver. No.69 St. Paul's Church Yard, London.
Hand coloured mezzotint. Sheet size: 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Thread margins. Trimmed inside platemark. Paper toned. Creases to lower left corner.
A scene at the shop front of 'Touchpenny Fortune & Winall's State Lottery Office', with various characters inside laughing or in despair. At the door on the right, a woman is about to enter, counting her coins while a boy picks her pocket.
BM Satires: 3768.
[Ref: 37814]   £420.00  
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Love and Opportunity. 241
Love and Opportunity. 241
Printed for Carington Bowles, Map & Printseller, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased, c.1780].
Mezzotint`. 355 x 255mm (14 x 10"). Fine with large margins.
An elderly couple sleep round a table with an empty bottle of wine, allowing a young man to pass a love-letter through the door to their daughter.
BM Satires 4591, earlier state unnumbered.
[Ref: 37576]   £280.00  
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Quarrelsome Taylors, or Two of a Trade Selcom Agree.
Quarrelsome Taylors, or Two of a Trade Selcom Agree.
644 Dighton del.
London: Printed for Bowles & Carver, No 69 St Paul's Church Yard.
Fine coloured mezzotint. Sheet 365 x 250mm (14¼ x 9¾"). Trimmed to plate on three sides.
A droll in fine original colour of two tailors sparring, one waiving an iron, the other a pair of scissors.
BM Satires 8595: a new plate, not a Carington Bowles reissue.
[Ref: 31477]   £320.00  
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Hold! - Pizarro - hear me! - if not always Justly, at least act always Greatly. [Mrs. Siddons.]
Hold! - Pizarro - hear me! - if not always Justly, at least act always Greatly. [Mrs. Siddons.]
Drawn Etch'd & Pubd. by Dighton, Charg. Cross. Dec. 14th. 1799.
Hand-coloured etching, 220 x 175mm. 8¾ x 7".
The actress Sarah Siddons (1755 - 1831) as Elvira in 'Pizarro'. Her words are from Act III. iii (in Pizarro's tent). She stands with her head turned in profile to the left, right arm extended in a commanding gesture. She wears a high-waisted, quasi-classical dress, with a long cloak bordered with gold, folds of which are twisted round her left arm Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 1816), dramatist and politician, adapted August Friedrich Kotzebue's comedy 'Die Sonnenjungfrau and Die Spanier in Peru' as 'Pizarro' to critical acclaim and popular success in 1799 (and became known by satirists as 'Doctor Pizarro'). By Robert Dighton (1752 - 1814).
BM Satires: 9437.
[Ref: 11533]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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A View near Hyde Park Corner.
A View near Hyde Park Corner.
Dighton. ad. viv. del.t
Pubd Feb.y 1802 by Dighton. Char.g Cross.
Hand-coloured etching. Plate 196 x 139mm. 7¾ x 5½". Slight staining.
A half-length portrait of Tattersall in his rostrum, leaning forward on a large open book, his head in profile to the right, his auctioneer's hammer in his (gloved) right hand. He is very bulky and wears a round hat with curved brim. The rostrum is the base of the design; it is pierced by an arched opening to give a view of a jockey on a galloping horse. Edmund Tattersall (1758-1810) was an auctioneer of race horses, who succeeded his father, the founder of Tattersall's, in 1795.
BM Satires: 9901.
[Ref: 23265]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Five, in the Afternoon.
Five, in the Afternoon. With Women & Wine I defy ev'ry Care.
Dighton del.t
London, Published 18 June 1795 by Haines & Son. No 19 Rolls Buildings Fetter Lane.
Mezzotint, platemark 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Trimmed to platemark; 'CL-B' collector's stamp verso.
A Hogarthian young dandy drinks madeira with a female companion. The second plate in a set of four 'times of day' after Robert Dighton.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd
[Ref: 36215]   £280.00  
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Twelve Elegant and Humorous Prints of Rural Scenes, adorned with Comic Figures, by Robert Dighton.
Twelve Elegant and Humorous Prints of Rural Scenes, adorned with Comic Figures, by Robert Dighton.
Printed for & Sold by Bowles & Carver, No.69 in St.Paul's Church Yard, London. [n.d., c.1800.]
Set of twelve numbered plates, engravings, each c. 170 x 260mm. Trimmed to image & laid on album paper.
Rural pastimes, from fencing and skating to garden parties.
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Lord Loughborough.
Lord Loughborough. Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain.
Dighton del.
London: Printed for Bowles & Carver / No. 69 St Paul's Church Yard [n.d., c.1780]
Mezzotint with small margins, rare, platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Glued to backing sheet at corners.
Alexander Wedderburn, first earl of Rosslyn (1733-1805), lord chancellor. Born in Scotland, Wedderburn struggled to establish himself in the 1750s (a time of English mistrust of ambitious Scots), but by 1764 he was made king's counsel. In 1780, around the time this print was made, he became chief justice of the court of common pleas and a peer as Baron Loughborough, going on to become lord chancellor in 1793 where he opposed catholic emancipation. While Wedderburn has not been viewed kindly by many historians, he was a valued public speaker and competent judge.
Ex Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS: Page 1763.
[Ref: 36513]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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[A Whet on the Road - or English and French Postillions.]
[A Whet on the Road - or English and French Postillions.]
[Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, No.69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs 2.d January 1792.]
Coloured mezzotint, proof before all letters. 355 x 255mm (14 x 10"). Fine with small margins.
Three men stand in the doorway of the coach-house of a posting inn: an elderly French postilion, hair in a long queue, drinks from a large tankard, holding bones and meat in his left hand. The young English postilion, wearing neat riding-dress with well-fitting boots, and fashionable double-breasted waistcoat, points at him, turning with a smile to a stable-hand, who leans grinning against the door-post.
BM Satires 8224.
[Ref: 37575]   £450.00  
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Mr. Wroughton.
Mr. Wroughton.
R. Dighton Pinx.t. R. Laurie Sculp
Published as the act Directs July 10th 1779 by W.m Richardson No.68 High Holborn
Mezzotint, platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Small margins; glued to backing sheet; m.s. in ink verso.
Richard Wroughton (real name Richard Rotten) (1748-1822), actor and theatre manager. Wroughton made his debut at Covent Garden in 1768, staying there until an argument with management led to the familiar defection to Drury Lane. Wroughton briefly retired between 1798 and 1800 before returning to Drury Lane as an actor-manager (he had previously managed Sadlers Wells so had management experience), remaining in the position until the end of the 1814-5 season. While unpopular with critics, Wroughton was a competent actor liked by audiences. Engraved after a painting by draughtsman and singer Robert Dighton (1751-1814) by the mezzotint engraver and printseller Robert Laurie (1755?-1836), as part of a series of small portraits of actors published by Richardson in 1779. Music, instruments and mask (representing theatre) in title area.
Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 1 iii/iii; O'D 3.
[Ref: 36695]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr. Wroughton.
Mr. Wroughton.
R. Dighton Pinx.t. R. Laurie Sculp.
Published as the act Directs July 10th 1779 by W.m Richardson No.68 High Holborn
Mezzotint. 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Good impression with very large margins, uncut.
The prominent Georgian actor, Richard Wroughton (17481822), engraved Robert Laurie (1755?-1836) after Robert Dighton (1751-1814), as part of a series of small portraits of actors.
Ex: Oettingen-Wallenstein collection; CS 1 iii/iii.
[Ref: 36696]   £240.00  
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Youth and Age. 586
Youth and Age. 586
[after Robert Dighton.]
Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, No.69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [****] [1793?]
Mezzotint with hand colour. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Cut inside platemark at bottom.
An old fruit seller sits asleep beside a table on which her apples and strawberries are arranged, with baskets under the table, her dog sleeping beside her. A finely-dressed little boy pushes an ear of corn up her nose as a little girl eggs him on. The scene is in the fields near London, as the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral can be seen on the horizon. To the right is a wooden box with a closed door (sentry box?) with a recruitment poster: 'All able bodied [men] willing to serve five guineas.' According to Fortescue, 'Hist. of the British Army', iv. 887, by 1793 the recruitment bounty had already jumped to ten guineas.
BM Satires 8414; ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 37581]   £360.00  
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