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Basso Relievo
Basso Relievo Basso-relievo round a Capital in the Cathedral of Carrara; Basso-relievo of Zethus Antiope & Amphion; Altars
Blake sc.
[Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, London, Novemr. 11th 1818]
Stipple and line engraving, sheet 265 x 215mm (10½ x 8½"). Trimmed, losing publication line.
Plate from Abraham Rees' 'The Cyclopaedia; or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature', engraved by the visionary artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827) to illustrate a text by sculptor John Flaxman. After a period of coolness, Blake and Flaxman were on good terms again at this time, and the sculptor intervened to secure Blake several engraving commissions (including this one) in the 1810s. Without these commissions, Blake might well have fallen into dire poverty at this time.
Russell 105.ii
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Basso Relievo
Basso Relievo Basso-relievo round a Capital in the Cathedral of Carrara; Basso-relievo of Zethus Antiope & Amphion; Altars
G.M.
[Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, London, Novemr. 11th 1818]
Stipple and line engraving, sheet 265 x 215mm (10½ x 8½"). Trimmed.
Plate from Abraham Rees' 'The Cyclopaedia; or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature', copied from the engraving by the visionary artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827) to illustrate a text by sculptor John Flaxman.
Russell 105.ii (copy)
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Basso Relievo
Basso Relievo Basso-relievo round a Capital in the Cathedral of Carrara; Basso-relievo of Zethus Antiope & Amphion; Altars
Blake sc.
Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, London, Novemr. 11th 1818
Stipple and line engraving, platemark 275 x 195mm (10¾ x 7¾").
Plate from Abraham Rees' 'The Cyclopaedia; or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature', engraved by the visionary artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827) to illustrate a text by sculptor John Flaxman. After a period of coolness, Blake and Flaxman were on good terms again at this time, and the sculptor intervened to secure Blake several engraving commissions (including this one) in the 1810s. Without these commissions, Blake might well have fallen into dire poverty at this time.
Russell 105.ii
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Mrs Cowper
Mrs Cowper Mother of the Poet
D. Heins Pinx / W Blake sculp
Publish'd Novemb.r 5. 1802 by J. Johnson St Pauls Church Yard
Engraving, sheet 280 x 220mm (11 x 8½"). Slight foxing off image.
Portrait of Ann Cowper (d.1737), mother of poet William Cowper (1731-1800) and engraved by William Blake after a painting by Norwich portrait painter Heins. Published as an illustration in William Hayley's Life of Cowper (1802). Hayley was a patron of Blake and employed him to provide a series of engravings for this project.
O'D 1
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William Blake.
William Blake.
Painted by T. Phillips R.A. Engraved by L. Schiavonetti V.A.
London Published by R.H. Cromek, 64, Newman St May 1st 1808.
Etching. 260 x 375mm (10 x 14¾") very large margins.
A half-length portrait of poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827), the frontispiece to Blair's 'The Grave', illustrated by Blake. Forgotten almost immediately after his death it wasn't until the late nineteenth century that he was rediscoverd and is now considered one of the seminal figures in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic movement.
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William Blake.
William Blake.
Painted by T. Phillips R.A. Engraved by L. Schiavonetti V.A.
London Pub.d March 1.1813, by R. Ackerman, 101 Strand.
Etching on india. Plate: 260 x 375mm (10 x 14¾"); very large margins. Foxing, india slightly lifting at bottom right.
A half-length portrait of poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827). Forgotten almost immediately after his death it wasn't until the late nineteenth century that he was rediscoverd and is now considered one of the seminal figures in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic movement.
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William Cowper - Author of
William Cowper - Author of "The Task"
T. Lawrence R.A. ad vivum del: 1793 / W. Blake sculp. 1802
Publish'd Nov.r 5 1802 by J Johnson St. Pauls Church Yard
Stipple engraving, sheet 285 x 220mm (11¼ x 8½").
Portrait of poet William Cowper (1731-1800), engraved by William Blake from a drawing by Thomas Lawrence (Olney, Cowper Museum) and published as the frontispiece to volume two of William Hayley's Life of Cowper (1802). Hayley was a patron of Blake and employed him to provide a series of engravings for this project. Cowper's poem 'The Task' (1784) was an immediate success, condemning slavery and advocating the humane treatment of animals in a way slightly ahead of public opinion.
O'D 4
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William Cowper
William Cowper Carmine Nobilem. Hor.
From a Portrait in Crayons Drawn from the Life by Romney in 1792 / Engravd by W Blake 1802
Publish'd Novemb.r 5. 1802 by J. Johnson St Pauls Church Yard
Engraving, sheet 280 x 220mm (11 x 8½"). Very slight foxing.
Portrait of poet William Cowper (1731-1800), engraved by William Blake from a famous sketch by Romney (London, National Portrait Gallery) and published as the frontispiece to volume one of William Hayley's Life of Cowper (1802). Hayley was a patron of Blake and employed him to provide a series of engravings for this project. Unfortunately Cowper's cousin Lady Harriet Hesketh criticized Blake's engraving of her beloved relation, contributing to the breakdown in the relationship between Hayley and Blake.
O'D 7
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A View of St Edmund's Chapel, in the Church of East Dereham, Containing the Grave of William Cowper Esq
A View of St Edmund's Chapel, in the Church of East Dereham, Containing the Grave of William Cowper Esq
Francis Stone del. / W. Blake sculp
Publish'd by J. Johnson St Pauls 25 March 1804
Engraving, sheet 280 x 220mm (11 x 8½"). Paper watermarked 1803;
The tomb of the poet William Cowper (1731-1800) in East Dereham, Norfolk, with memorial inscription by William Hayley. This print was the frontispiece to the third volume of Hayley's Life of Cowper, engraved by William Blake. Hayley was a patron of Blake and employed him to provide a series of engravings for this project.
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A Sketch of the Monument Erected in the Church of East Dereham in Norfolk in Memory of William Cowper Es.re
A Sketch of the Monument Erected in the Church of East Dereham in Norfolk in Memory of William Cowper Es.re
Etch'd by W Blake from the original Model by John Flaxman Esq Sculptor to his Majesty
Publish'd by J. Johnson St Pauls 25 March 1804
Engraving, sheet 280 x 220mm (11 x 8½"). Paper watermarked John Hayes 1803.
Memorial inscription on the tomb of the poet William Cowper (1731-1800) in East Dereham, Norfolk, writen by William Hayley. This print was published as an illustration to the third volume of Hayley's Life of Cowper, engraved by William Blake. Hayley was a patron of Blake and employed him to provide a series of engravings for this project.
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[Miss Byron Visiting Miss Emily Jervoise in her Bedroom]
[Miss Byron Visiting Miss Emily Jervoise in her Bedroom] Grandison
Stothard del Blake sculp
[Published as the Act directs, by Harrison & Co., April 5, 1783]
Engraving, sheet 165 x 105mm (6½ x 4"). Trimmed.
Illustration to 'The History of Sir Charles Grandison. On a Series of Letters. By Mr Samuel Richardson'. First published in 1753-4, Richardson's (bap.1689-d.1761) final novel was one of several works reprinted in the 1780s with illustrations engraved by the poet and painter William Blake (1757-1827). This early work was one of many Blake engraved from designs by his friend Thomas Stothard, Britain's most prolific book illustrator. While establishing himself as a copy engraver in the early 1780s, Blake was also studying at the Royal Academy and developing the highly personal approach he used in his original watercolours.
Russell 49E.i
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[Grandison's Painful Interview with Clementina and her Mother]
[Grandison's Painful Interview with Clementina and her Mother] Grandison
Stothard del Blake sculp
[Published as the Act directs, by Harrison & Co., Jan. 18, 1783]
Engraving, sheet 165 x 105mm (6½ x 4"). Trimmed.
Illustration to 'The History of Sir Charles Grandison. On a Series of Letters. By Mr Samuel Richardson'. First published in 1753-4, Richardson's (bap.1689-d.1761) final novel was one of several works reprinted in the 1780s with illustrations engraved by the poet and painter William Blake (1757-1827). This early work was one of many Blake engraved from designs by his friend Thomas Stothard, Britain's most prolific book illustrator. While establishing himself as a copy engraver in the early 1780s, Blake was also studying at the Royal Academy and developing the highly personal approach he used in his original watercolours.
Russell 49E.iii
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[Sir Charles Repelling the Insulting Conduct of O'Hara and Salmonet]
[Sir Charles Repelling the Insulting Conduct of O'Hara and Salmonet] Grandison
Stothard del Blake sculp
[Published as the Act directs, by Harrison & Co., Dec. 7, 1782]
Engraving, sheet 165 x 105mm (6½ x 4"). Trimmed.
Illustration to 'The History of Sir Charles Grandison. On a Series of Letters. By Mr Samuel Richardson'. First published in 1753-4, Richardson's (bap.1689-d.1761) final novel was one of several works reprinted in the 1780s with illustrations engraved by the poet and painter William Blake (1757-1827). This early work was one of many Blake engraved from designs by his friend Thomas Stothard, Britain's most prolific book illustrator. While establishing himself as a copy engraver in the early 1780s, Blake was also studying at the Royal Academy and developing the highly personal approach he used in his original watercolours.
Russell 49E.iii
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[Queen Katharine's Dream.] Katharine, Griffiths & Patience.
[Queen Katharine's Dream.] Katharine, Griffiths & Patience. Kath. Spirits of peace, where are ye? Are ye all gone?
Fuseli inv. Blake sculp.
[Publish'd May 12. 1804, by F & C Rivinton, St Paul's Church Yard.]
Engraving. Sheet: 100 x 180mm (4 x 7"). Trimmed, publication line missing. Slight foxing.
An illustration of King Henry VIII, Act IV Scene II by William Shakespeare. Queen Katharine of Aragon is seen waking from a dream, her maid looks on beside her while a man sleeps over a book. Engraved by William Blake (1767-1827) after a lost drawing by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825).
Weinglass: 213.
[Ref: 42837]   £260.00  
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[Sir Launcelot enjoying the Humours of a General Election]
[Sir Launcelot enjoying the Humours of a General Election] Launcelot Greaves
[Stothard del Blake sculp]
[Published as the Act directs by Harrison & Co. Sep. 21, 1782]
Engraving, sheet 135 x 75mm (5¼ x 3"). Trimmed to image, losing text.
Illustration to Tobias Smollett's novel 'The Adventures of Launcelot Greaves' (first published 1760-62), a picaresque novel reminiscent of 'Don Quixote' (which Smollett had translated), published for the 'Novelist's Magazine'. This scene is strongly reminiscent of William Hogarth's 'Chairing the Member', from his set of paintings (and prints), 'Humours of an Election' (paintings c.1754-5, now in the John Soane Museum). Engraving by William Blake (1757-1827), visionary artist and poet who also worked as a journeyman engraver. This early work was one of many Blake engraved from designs by his friend Thomas Stothard, Britain's most prolific book illustrator. While establishing himself as a copy engraver in the early 1780s, Blake was also studying at the Royal Academy and developing the highly personal approach he used in his original watercolours.
Russell 49D; for Hogarth's election series see ref. 37493
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[Illustration to Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso']
[Illustration to Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso']
Stothard del Blake sculp
[London, 1783]
Engraving, sheet 160 x 110mm (6½ x 4"). Trimmed. 'Vol 3 Page 164' effaced from top corners.
Illustration to 'Orlando Furioso: Translated from the Italian of Ludovico Ariosto; with Notes: by John Hoole' (1783). The translator Hoole (1727-1803) benefited from Samuel Johnson's interest in his literary career (Johnson was involved in some way in almost all of Hoole's publications). In the poem, first published in 1516, the eponymous Orlando rampages through Europe and Africa destroying everything in his path after his love, Angelica, elopes to China with a Saracen kinght. Early engraving by the visionary poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827), one of many he engraved from designs by his friend Thomas Stothard, Britain's most prolific book illustrator. While establishing himself as a copy engraver in the early 1780s, Blake was also studying at the Royal Academy and developing the highly personal approach he used in his original watercolours.
Russell 58
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[Illustration to Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso']
[Illustration to Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso']
Stothard del Blake sculp
[London, 1783]
Engraving, sheet 180 x 135mm (7 x 5¼"). Trimmed.
Illustration to 'Orlando Furioso: Translated from the Italian of Ludovico Ariosto; with Notes: by John Hoole' (1783). The translator Hoole (1727-1803) benefited from Samuel Johnson's interest in his literary career (Johnson was involved in some way in almost all of Hoole's publications). In the poem, first published in 1516, the eponymous Orlando rampages through Europe and Africa destroying everything in his path after his love, Angelica, elopes to China with a Saracen kinght. Early engraving by the visionary poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827), one of many he engraved from designs by his friend Thomas Stothard, Britain's most prolific book illustrator. While establishing himself as a copy engraver in the early 1780s, Blake was also studying at the Royal Academy and developing the highly personal approach he used in his original watercolours.
Russell 58
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[Five oval portraits from Cook's Voyages].
[Five oval portraits from Cook's Voyages]. A Man of Prince William's Sound. A Woman of Prince William's Sound. Poulaho King of the Friendly Islands. A Man of Van Dieman's Land. A Woman of Van Dieman's Land. No. 16.
Blake Sc.
Publish'd April 16th 1785 by G. & T. Wilkie, S.t Paul's Church Yard.
Engraving. 250 x 200mm.
At the age of 14 William Blake was apprenticed to the engraver James Basire, learning a profession that would help subsidise his poetic and artistic works. At the age of 28 he engraved this copy of some of the plates of the Hawkesworth account of Cook's Voyages, for publication in Hervey's 'New System of Geography'.
Russell: Engravings of William Blake, 43, ii.
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Harriet Quentin & Lady Conyngham] Mrs Q. [&] Windsor Castle.
Harriet Quentin & Lady Conyngham] Mrs Q. [&] Windsor Castle.
Drawn by Huet Villiers. Engraved by W.Blake. [&] Drawn by J.B. Engraved by G.Maile.
[n.d., c.1820.]
Pair of colour printed stipples. Ea. c.340 x 245mm. Both plates trimmed just within platemark, some creasing on "Mrs Q". Very fine colour.
Half length portrait of Harriet Quentin, with Eton College in the background and Lady Conyngham playing a piano, with Windsor in the background. A fine and scarce pair, these examples from a scrapbook. While William Blake experimented with both his poetry and printing he had to continue to engrave the work of others to stave off abject poverty. 'Mrs Q' was the Marquise of Connynham, best known as George IV's mistress.
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[The Peaceful Death of Alonzo Luixano, Otherwise Don Quixote]
[The Peaceful Death of Alonzo Luixano, Otherwise Don Quixote] Don Quixote
Stothard del Blake sculp
[Published as the Act directs, by Harrison & Co., June 15, 1782]
Engraving, sheet 165 x 105mm (6½ x 4"). Trimmed.
Don Quixote on his deathbed, with his armour hanging above the bed and various figures around him. Illustration to 'The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote, Translated from the Spanish of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, by Dr Smollett'. Smollett's translation was first published in 1755 but was republished along with other of his works in the 1780s, with engravings by the poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827). This early work was one of many Blake engraved from designs by his friend Thomas Stothard, Britain's most prolific book illustrator. While establishing himself as a copy engraver in the early 1780s, Blake was also studying at the Royal Academy and developing the highly personal approach he used in his original watercolours.
Russell 49A.ii; for other illustrations from the same publication see refs 15430, 15431 and 27017.
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[The Decision of the Doubts Concerning Mambrino's Helmet]
[The Decision of the Doubts Concerning Mambrino's Helmet] Don Quixote
Stothard del Blake sculp
[Published as the Act directs, by Harrison & Co., May 4, 1782]
Engraving, sheet 165 x 105mm (6½ x 4"). Trimmed.
Scene from 'Don Quixote', in which Quixote gets the barber's basin that he believes to be the helmet of the fictional Moorish king Mabrino. Illustration to 'The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote, Translated from the Spanish of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, by Dr Smollett'. Smollett's translation was first published in 1755 but was republished along with other of his works in the 1780s, with engravings by the poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827). This early work was one of many Blake engraved from designs by his friend Thomas Stothard, Britain's most prolific book illustrator. While establishing himself as a copy engraver in the early 1780s, Blake was also studying at the Royal Academy and developing the highly personal approach he used in his original watercolours.
Russell 49A.i; for other illustrations from the same publication see refs 15430, 15431 and 27017.
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[Romeo and the Apothecary.] Enter Apothecary.
[Romeo and the Apothecary.] Enter Apothecary. Romeo. Come hither Man. I see that thou art poor: Hold, there's forty ducats:._
H. Fuseli. RA inv. W. Blake. sc.
[Publish'd by C & F Rivington London Jan 14. 1804.]
Engraving. Sheet: 110 x 200mm (4¼ x 8"). Trimmed, publication line missing. Slight foxing.
An illustration of a scene in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Romeo is shown handing a purse to the old apothecary. Engraved by William Blake (1767-1827) after a lost drawing by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825).
Weinglass: 223.
[Ref: 42840]   £360.00  
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Sketch of a Shipwreck after Romney.
Sketch of a Shipwreck after Romney.
Engraved by Blake.
[Published April 14th. 1809 by Thomas Payne, Pall Mall.]
Etching and engraving. 204 x 266mm (8 x 10½"). Foxing.
Illustration to Hayley's "The Life of George Romney" (London, 1809); a stormy sea with a ship sinking; numerous figures on the ship and in the waves, mostly nude; in the centre a man is riding on horseback in the waves, rescuing a woman.
Horne: 143 (b).
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[Tailpiece to 'The Poetical Works of John Scott']
[Tailpiece to 'The Poetical Works of John Scott']
Stothard d. Blake sc
[London. Printed for J. Buckland, MDCCLXXXVII]
Rare engraving, platemark 95 x 85mm (3¾ x 3¼"). Thread margins.
Young lady laying a scroll upon a wreathed altar inscribed 'Sacred to Simplicity'. One of four engravings made by the artist and poet William Blake for John Scott's (1730-83) 'Poetical Works'. This early work was one of many Blake engraved from designs by his friend Thomas Stothard, Britain's most prolific book illustrator. While establishing himself as a copy engraver in the early 1780s, Blake was also studying at the Royal Academy and developing the highly personal approach he used in his original watercolours.
Russell 48.iv
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