Sir Bernard Astley.
Published 1821 (from a Plate by Worlidge) by T. & H. Rodd, 71. Little Newport St. Long Acre.
Etching. Plate 165 x 132mm. 6½ x 5¼". Sir Bernard Astley (d.1645) was a Royalist who fell at Bristol; he was the son of Jacob Astley.
[Ref: 23282] £70.00
Apollo, on Cornelian, Duke of Marlborough.
T. Worlidge sculp.
[British, n.d., c.1770.]
Etching with drypoint with very wide margins, laid paper. 135 x 95mm. 5¼ x 3¾". Fine. A cameo of the Greek god Apollo, holding a lyre. Thomas Worlidge (1700-1766), portrait painter and etcher. Pupil of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, whose daughter Arabella he married. His widow issued his plates in 1766 and 1767 after his death; very few impressions were issued and sold by Worlidge during his lifetime.
[Ref: 26464] £70.00
Etching with drypoint, small margins, paper watermarked. Plate 184 x 147mm (7¼ x 5¾"). Slight stain on right; glued to backing sheet at top corners. Elizabeth Canning (1734-1773) in the witness box, portrayed here by Thomas Worlidge, the 'English Rembrandt'. Canning was a London scullerymaid whose alleged kidnapping caused a sensation in 1753. She disappeared for a month before returning to her mother's home. Susannah Wells and Mary Squires, Canning's alleged captors, were tried and found guilty. However, Crisp Gascoyne, trial judge and Lord Mayor of London, was unhappy with the verdict and began his own investigation which led to information proving Squires and her family to be innocent. Several of the prosecution witnesses recanted their earlier testimonies and Canning was tried and found guilty of perjury. She was sentenced to one month's imprisonment and seven years of transportation.
[Ref: 28956] £180.00
Marcus Tullius Cicero, is Humbly Dedicated to the Right Honble. the Countess of Pomfret,
by her Most Obedt. Humble Servant Thos. Worlidge.
Etching, 480 x 340mm. 18¾ x 13¼". Upper right margin chipped, with staining into plate. Repaired marginal tear into plate upper left. A striking statue of Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), Roman orator made consul in 63 BC., holding a scroll in his left hand at waist level, another object in his right.
By Thomas Worlidge (1700 - 1766).
[Ref: 10384] £260.00
John Evelyn Esq.r
[Nanteuil]. Tho.s Worlidge Fecit 1753.
Etching with drypoint. Plate 140 x 95mm (5½ x 3¾"). Tipped into album sheet, very fine impression. Portrait, bust, three-quarter to right, looking towards the viewer, cloak trimmed with decorative balls over his shoulder; etched by Thomas Worlidge, the 'English Rembrandt', after Nanteuil. Frontispiece to 'Sculptura' (1755); state with title. John Evelyn (1620-1706) the English writer, gardener and diarist, whose diaries, like those of Pepys, are significant records of 17th-century life. Both he and Pepys corresponded frequently, and much of this correspondence has been preserved.
From the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection.
[Ref: 28369] £160.00
M.r Garrick in the Character of Tancred. Act 1. Scene IV.
[Drawn and engraved by T.Worlidge, 1752.]
Printed for E.Jackson at Rembrandt's head Fleet Street. [n.d., c.1760.
Etching. 320 x 200mm. David Garrick in James Thompson's 'Tancred and Sigismunda'.
Harvard: Garrick 302, state ii of iii, with Worlidge's name removed.
[Ref: 7478] £230.00
Hamet, companion to Mahomet. Taken Prisoner, & Escaped with him. 8.
Painted & Etch'd by Tho. Worlidge, in the Piazza Covent Garden.
Etching with drypoint. 190 x 140mm. 7½ x 5½". Trimmed to the plate mounteed on album page. Hamet (18th century) was a companion to Mahomet, a Turkish merchant; they were both taken prisoner in Malta but escaped in a Dutch vessel. Thomas Worlidge (1700-1766) portrait painter and etcher. Born in Peterborough. Pupil of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, whose daughter Arabella he married. His widow issued his plates in 1766 and 1767 afater his death with the numbers in the corners. Very fiew impressions were issued and sold by Worlidge during his lifetime.
[Ref: 23970] £160.00
Henry Jenkins of Ellerton in Yorkshire, Who Lived to the surprizing Age of 169. Which is 16 Years longer than Old Parr. Taken from an original Painting done by Walker. The great Age of Henry Jenkins, by Mrs. Anne Saville. When I cam first to live at Bolton, I was told several particulars of the great age of Henry jenkins; but I believe little of the story for many years…where Henry jenkins, of Ellerton upon Swale, labourer, aged 157 years, was produced, and deposed as a witness. Epitaph, on a Monument erected at Bolton in Yorkshire, by the Subscription of several to the Memory of Heny Jenkins…A life of labour, and a mind at ease, He lived to the amazing age of 169. Was interr'd here December 6, 1670, And has this justice done to his memory, 1743.
Thos. Worlige Delin et Fecit 1752.
243. Printed for & Sold by Bowles & Carver, at their Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London.
Etching. Plate 350 x 254mm. 13¾ x 10". Henry Jenkins (died 1670) a reputed centenarian.
[Ref: 15106] £180.00
[Man in Oriental Dress.] 13.53. 45.
Tho.s Worlidge Inven.t Et. Fecit. 1753.
Etching with drypoint. 152 x 96mm (6 x 3¾"). Trimmed. A man standing in oriental dress and a turban under his fur hat. He stands wearing a fur-trimmed gown, staff in his left hand and a sword hanging behind from his hip.
[Ref: 31159] £70.00
[Portrait of a bearded man; style of Rembrandt.]
T. Worlidge fecit 1752 [but a later impression].
Etching with drypoint, wove paper, state with (faint) plate number. 120 x 95mm, 4¾ x 3¾". Portrait study of an unidentified man, looking towards the viewer, bearded, in fur-trimmed jacket. Numbered '1' [or 4] upper right. Thomas Worlidge Senior (1700 - 1766).
[Ref: 23493] £65.00
[Portrait of a young man, so-called portrait of Rembrandt.]
Etching, unlettered state on laid paper, sheet 210 x 160mm. 8¼ x 6¼". Trimmed within plate. Bust portrait turned to right to face the viewer, a heavy round collar and chain around his neck, thick dark hair. By Thomas Worlidge Senior (1700 - 1766), probably a later state, with evidence of re-working to the sitter's face.
After a painting in a private collection, probably an eighteenth century copy of a painting formerly attributed Rembrandt (1606 - 1669). Collector's stamp to verso.
[Ref: 17158] £130.00
Sr. Peter Paul Rubens Kt.
Tho.s Worlidge. Fecit: 1757.
Etching. Plate 140 x 95mm. 5½ x 3¾". Trimmed to the plate. Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) the Flemish Baroque painter, diplomat and proponent of the extravagant Baroque style that emphasised movement, colour and sensuality. Etched by Thomas Worlidge, the 'English Rembrandt' who reproduced prints by earlier artists, particularly Rembrandt.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove.
[Ref: 25522] £80.00
Mary Squires the Gypsy, who was Condemned for Stripping Eliza. Canning, at Endfield Wash; and has since obtain'd his Majesty's most Gracious Pardon.
Drawn from the Life, by the Honourable R_d E_d and Etch'd by Tho.s Worlidge, Painter in the Little Piazza, Covent Garden.
Etching. 205 x 160mm. An 18-year-old London maidservant called Elizabeth Canning claimed to have been kidnapped on New Year's Day and held for a month, in a brothel in Enfield. She accused `Mother Wells', the madam of the establishment, of trying to force her to become a prostitute. A hideous gypsy crone staying in the house, Mary Squires, cut off the girl's stays (worth 10 shillings), and Elizabeth was imprisoned in an attic with only a few crusts of bread and a jug of water to live on. On January 29th she escaped through a window and walked all the way back to her mother's house in the City. Squires and Wells were apprehended, and tried at the Old Bailey; the former was condemned to be hanged, and the latter was burned in the hand and imprisoned. However opinion turned against Canning and new evidence led her to be charged with perjury and transported for seven years.
[Ref: 7662] £130.00
Corsican Fairy [brown ink lower left]. [Madame Teresia, the Amazing Fairy].
Etching, on laid paper. Plate 165 x 102mm (6½ x 4"). Minor browning, creasing. A dwarf dressed very elegantly holding a fan; a large beak-shaped nose. She was shown in 1748 at Cockspur Street at 2' 6s a head.
In the Royal Collection.
[Ref: 30353] £230.00
James Ashley, Who at the London Punch House at Ludgate hill 1731, First Reduc'd the Price of Punch & rais'd its Reputation.
Engraving. 190 x 145mm. Narrow margins. The Keeper of the London Punch House.
[Ref: 6705] £330.00
To the Right Hon.ble the Earl of Westmorland, Chancellor; to the Right Hon.ble the Earl of Litchfield, High Steward; to the Reverend the Vice-chancellor; all the Doctors, Masters, and Scholars of the University of Oxford, this Plate is humbly dedicated By their most Obedient Servant Thos Worlidge.
T.Worlidge del. Et Sculp.t.
Pub'd According to Act of Parliam.t March 28th. 1761.
Etching with drypoint, large margins. 460 x 615mm. Creasing. Vertical fold down centre. The Installation of the 7th Earl of Westmorland as Chancellor of Oxford University in July 1759, held at the Sheldonian Theatre. With subscription sales in mind, Worlidge depicts nearly 200 faces, most now unknown; however Worlidge can be seen between the right pillar and the edge, pen in hand.
Oxoniensia, Vol LVI (1991), "The Oxford Installation of 1759" by Richard Sharp; a detailed study of the events and history of this print.
[Ref: 29230] £620.00