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Jacob Bates. The Famous English Horse Rider.
Jacob Bates. The Famous English Horse Rider. Der berhumte Englishe Berieter Jacob Bates.
G. P. Nusbeigel, ad viv. del et sculpsit.
Norib 1766.
Engraving, extremely scarce. Platemark: 375 x 480mm (14¾ x 19"). Unexamined out of frame.
Jacob Bates was an eighteenth century English equestrian performer based in the German States, who performed as far away as Russia (1764-65) and America (1772-73), and was the first of the first showmen to make a mark as an entertainer. Bates's emulators, Price, Johnson, Balp, Coningham, Faulkes, and "Old" Sampson, had become fixtures of London's pleasure gardens, yet it does not appear that he himself ever publically exhibited in England. Bates was met with such admniration on the continent, that he chose to live in Germany, and in Nuremberg in 1766, his portrait was engraved by G.P. Nusbeigel. He is shown proudly standing by his horse in the right foreground, with a background of many other performers on one, two and three horses, watched by a large crowd of spectators in the distance.
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Mr. Edw.d Bright late of Malden in Essex.
Mr. Edw.d Bright late of Malden in Essex. Who died November 10, 1750. Aged 29 Years. He weigh'd 43 Stone & ½ (14tt toye Stone) which is 609 pounds.
J.J Haid et filius excud. A.V.
[n.d. c. 1760].
Mezzotint, platemark 410 x 290mm (16 x 11½"). Staining below image. Small margins.
Edward Bright, a grocer from Maldon, Essex, famed for his corpulence. Amongst other men of the 18th century also famous for their weight, Bright, at 42 stone, far exceeded John Love of Weymouth (d.1793, 26 stone) but was still far from the weight of the most famous, Daniel Lambert of Leicester (1770-1809, 52¾ stone). An American contemporary, Miles Darden, outweighed even Lambert at 71 stone. Mezzotint published by the Haid family of Nuremberg, Germany, copied from a mezzotint by James McArdell, the well-known Irish engraver. McArdell's print was itself based on a portrait by David Ogborne (d.1800/1801), a painter based in Chelmsford, Essex who gained a certain reputation by painting local provincial monsters such as a calf with six legs and a winged fish.
For Lambert see ref. 17776.
[Ref: 41178]   £380.00  
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Charlotte-Genevieve-Louise-Auguste-Andree-Timothee D'Eon de Beaumont...
Charlotte-Genevieve-Louise-Auguste-Andree-Timothee D'Eon de Beaumont... Dedie aux Dragons de France. [&] A la Memoire des heroines Francoises Jeanne d'Arc, Jeanne hachette, &c, &c, &c. par JB Bradel.
Dessine d'apres Nature en 1779 et Grave par J.B. Bradel. [&] Dessine et Grave par JB. Bradel, d'apres nature et les Originaux communiques par Mademoiselle d'Eon a ce Seul Artiste.
[Paris: Desprez, c.1780.]
Pair of rare engravings, large margins to female portrait, printed borders c.310 x 210mm. 12¼ x 8¼". The male portrait lacking margins (and publisher's imprint), and with closed chip to title area lower right. The female with light marginal staining and small closed tears to right margin; unidentified collector's stamp verso.
Twin portraits of Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont (1728 - 1810), usually known as the Chevalier d'Eon, diplomatist and transvestite. In the first he is in military uniform as a (male) officer of dragoons wearing a plumed helmet; in the second he is a woman, wearing a lace-trimmed cape over his gown, a ribbon around his neck and a lace cap, with pearl earrings and military order attached to a rosette on his breast. Both portraits in decorative surrounds with identically-lettered plaques below. It is scarce to find both portraits offered together, as here. The BNF appears to have only the female portrait. The Chevalier d'Eon was a French diplomat, soldier and Freemason who lived the first half of his life as a man and the second half as a woman. Living in England in 1785, he lost his pension after the French Revolution and had to sell his library. In 1792 he sent a letter to the French National Assembly, offering to lead a division of women soldiers against Austria, but the offer was rebuffed. He participated in fencing tournaments until he was seriously wounded, in 1796. After a trial in 1777 about his actual sex he wore female attire until his death. Surgical examination proved him biologically male. By Jean Baptiste Bradel (c.1763 - 1783; fl.).
For an impression of the female portrait see BNF FRBNF41510114 & item Ref: 18199.
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The Father of the Turf,
The Father of the Turf, Tregonwell Frampton Esq.re of Moreton, in Dorsetshire, _Keeper of the Running Horses at Newmarket, to their Majesties William the Third, Queen Anne, George the First, & George the Second; Died 12th of March 1727_Aged 86 Years.
Engraved (from an Original Painting by Mr. Wootton) by John Jones Engraver Extraordinary to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, & Principal Engraver to H.R.H. the Duke of York.
Publish'd as the Act directs 7 June 1791, & sold by the Proprietor J. Bodger, Land Surveyor, Stilton, Hunts & at 53 High Holborn. Mr. Weatherby, Racing Calendar Office No.7 Oxendon Street Haymarket & at. Mess.rs Tattersalls, London. at the Coffee Room, Newmarket: Also at all the Principal Towns in England.___ See the Seven Companion Prints in Racing Calendar Book 1791, last Page...
Coloured mezzotint, 560 x 385mm (22 x 15¼"). Trimmed inside platemark at bottom; collector's stamp bottom right.
Portrait of Tregonwell Frampton (1641-1727), 'a commoner who thought nothing of losing 1,000 guineas on a race, who managed the royal stable though five reigns, from Charles II's to the first year of George II's, and became the arbiter in any enquiries, fouls, and disputes at the finishing line'. The text below includes an anecdote about Frampton and his horse, Dragon, 'supposed to be spoken by the Horse in the Elysium of Beasts and Birds'.
CS: 30; see Donald W. Nichol, 'Lost Trousers' in TLS, July 26 2013; for uncoloured impression see ref. 23419
[Ref: 8627]   £750.00  
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Matthew Hopkins the famous Witch-Finder of Maningtree in Essex, who in only one year, during the reign of James I, hanged 60 reputed Witches & was himself at last executed for a Wizard.
Matthew Hopkins the famous Witch-Finder of Maningtree in Essex, who in only one year, during the reign of James I, hanged 60 reputed Witches & was himself at last executed for a Wizard.
Published by Alex.r Hogg [c.1793]
Engraving with letterpress sheet, each 210 x 130mm (8¼ x 5"). Cut to platemark
Matthew Hopkins (d.1647), witch-finder and the most notorious individual in English witchcraft history. Resident in Manningtree by the winter of 1644-5, Hopkins was troubled, by his own account, by the activities of supposed witches in the town. From the handful of initial arrests (with Hopkins giving evidence against several), the witchcraft allegations spread to neighbouring towns and counties, with at least a hundred executed during the 'Hopkins witch panic' of 1645-7. The pleasing claim on the print that Hopkins was himself 'executed for a Wizard' is incorrect- he died of tuberculosis. From the 'Wonderful Magazine', an entertaining but short-lived periodical founded in 1793 by the hack writer and bookseller Henry Lemoine (1756-1812).
[Ref: 39632]   £85.00   (£102.00 incl.VAT)
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William Howitt, Celebrated as 'Jackson, the American Deer, '
William Howitt, Celebrated as 'Jackson, the American Deer, ' Height, 5 Feet, 3 Inches. Born at Norwich, February 15th, 1821.
London: Published Feb. 25th, 1862, by George Newbold, 303, & 304, Strand, - W.C.
Coloured lithograph. Printed area 410 x 310mm. Fine example. Very scarce. Some marks around edges.
A long distance runner who attempted to run 10 miles in under an hour. Although he was timed at just under 61 minutes the judges awarded him the prize as he had been obstructed.
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The Effigie of Will.m Smith Philomath.
The Effigie of Will.m Smith Philomath. Observe the Man of Astrologic Skill who by his art turns Fortune at his will ye tender fair, who would know fates decree, Inspect the Print, you'l know as well as he.
[n.d., c.1740.]
Mezzotint. 275 x 195mm.
A fortune-teller based in Coventry who lost his dog and, by offering a reward, made himself a laughing stock.
CS: Unascribed II 96. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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[Thomas Wood, of Bellericay Mills in Essex.
[Thomas Wood, of Bellericay Mills in Essex. Who in 1764 was very Corpulent & unhealthy, but by an abstemious diet has recovered his health & reduced himself to a moderate size; he eats no kind of flesh, butter or cheese...]
[Ogborne Pinx.t 1773.]
[Publish'd March the 1st 1774. by John Thane Printseller and Medallist in Gerrard Street Soho.]
Mezzotint, proof before letters. 360 x 250mm. Mounted on album paper.
A portrait of one of England's first dieters and vegetarians, Thomas Miller (1719-83), known as the 'Abstemious Miller' or the 'Ghastly Miller'. As a young man he was fond of fatty meat, milk and cheese, causing his weight to reach dangerous levels. By the age of 44 he was suffering from gout, heartburn, constipation and diarrhoea, a constant thirst and epilepsy. In 1764 a friend recommended a Venetian book, 'Discourses on a Sober and Temperate Life' by Luigi Cornaro; Miller started to follow the book's advice, reducing his comsumption of ale and meat, replacing them with meals of sea-biscuit mixed with skimmed milk. A paper describing the improvement in his health was published in the 'Medical Transactions' (Vol. 2 p. 259) by Sir George Baker of the Royal College of Physicians.
CS ENA III 166, i of ii. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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