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[Mrs Abington.]
[Mrs Abington.]
[n.d., c.1795.]
Etching, sheet 182 x 135mm. Trimmed inside plate.
A rare and charming portrait of Frances Abington (1737 - 1815), famous comic actress. Etched by James Bretherton (1750 - 1799; fl.), dealer and publisher in London. Brother of Charles Bretherton, he is particularly associated with Henry William Bunbury, many of whose works he engraved and published. His stock of plates was auctioned in 1799. From the painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Ex: Collection of Alec Clunes.
[Ref: 7834]   £220.00  
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[Roxalana.]
[Roxalana.]
[Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Engraved by J.K. Sherwin.]
[London: J. Thane, 1791.]
Stipple and etching, proof before all letters, sheet 270 x 220mm. 10½ x 8¾". Trimmed to plate.
The famous comic actress Frances Abington (1737 - 1815) in character, appearing from behind a curtain which she pushes aside with her left hand. After Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792).
Hamilton: pg.77, I of III; for printed colour impression see ref. 13807
[Ref: 10601]   £220.00  
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Roxalana.
Roxalana. Mrs. Abbington in that Character, in the Sultan.
Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Engraved by J.K. Shirwin.
London, Publish'd Feby. 1. 1791, by J. Thane, Rupert Street, Hay Market.
Stipple and etching, printed in colours. 285 x 210mm. 11¼ x 8¼". Some mount burn. Unexamined out of frame.
The famous comic actress Frances Abington (1737 - 1815) in character as Roxalana, an English slave in Isaac Bickstaffe's play 'The Sultan; or A Peep into the Seraglio' She is, as a contemporary newspaper reported, 'in the act of drawing the Curtain when she surprises the sultan in his retirement'. Mrs Abington was rumoured to have spent her teenage years working as a prostitute. After Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792).
Hamilton: pg.77, iii of iii. See 10597 & 10601.
[Ref: 13807]   £260.00  
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Roxalana.
Roxalana.
Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Engraved by J.K. Shirwin.
London, Publish'd Feby. 1. 1791, by J. Thane, Rupert Street, Hay Market.
Stipple and etching, proof, title in open letters; 285 x 210mm (11¼ x 8¼"). Large margins.
The famous comic actress Frances Abington (1737 - 1815) in character in Isaac Bickerstaffe's 'The Sultan'; appearing from behind a curtain which she pushes aside with her left hand. After Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792).
Hamilton: pg.77, II of III. See Reg: 10601 for 1st state; & 10597 for 3rd state; for printed colour impression see ref. 13807 Harvard p.7: 45
[Ref: 16975]   £230.00  
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Roxalana. Mrs. Abbington in that Character, in the Sultan.
Roxalana. Mrs. Abbington in that Character, in the Sultan. Sultan (alone) "She's not handsome, that is, what is call'd a beauty; get her little nose" "cock'd in the air, her laughing eyes, & the play of her features, have an". "effect altogether:_Who is it that lifts the curtain there?" Roxalana __ "Tis I". __
Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Engraved by J.K. Shirwin.
London, Publish'd Feby. 1. 1791, by J. Thane, Rupert Street, Hay Market.
A fine stipple and etching. Plate 285 x 210mm. 11¼ x 8¼". Foxing.
The famous comic actress Frances Abington (1737 - 1815) in character as Roxalana, an English slave in Isaac Bickstaffe's play 'The Sultan; or A Peep into the Seraglio' She is, as a contemporary newspaper reported, 'in the act of drawing the Curtain when she surprises the sultan in his retirement'. Mrs Abington was rumoured to have spent her teenage years working as a prostitute. After Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792).
Hamilton: pg.77, iii of iii. See 13807 for printed colour version.
[Ref: 21009]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Mrs Abington
Mrs Abington
Sr. Jos. Reynolds Pinx J. Wilson fec
[n.d., c.1770]
Mezzotint, platemark 150 x 115mm (6 x 4½").
Frances Abington (1737-1815), actress. Born in lowly circumstances, Abington grew up in the slums around Drury Lane, and sold flowers and sang in Covent Garden as a girl. Along with other jobs she did when young (kitchenmaid, milliner's assistant), various accounts of her life hint at prostitution during her early years. After making a start as an actress in London her first professional success came while working in Dublin, rejoining Garrick's Drury Lane company where she established herself as one of the leading comedy actresses of her generation. She was also the mistress of at least two prominent figures. Engraving after the several portrait 'Mrs Abington as the Comic Muse' by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1764-8, hair and dress repainted 1772-3) now in Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire. This was one of several portraits that Reynolds painted of Abington- he was an admirer and purchased twelve tickets for her benefit performance in 1772. Reynolds' portrait was a companion to his portrait of Sarah Siddons as 'the Tragic Muse'.
CS: 2. Not in Hamilton.
[Ref: 42094]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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J. Addison. Professor of Music.
J. Addison. Professor of Music.
Engraved by R. Cooper, from a Drawing by J. Slater.
Jany. 12 1819. Published for the Proprietor by Colnaghi & Co. No. 23 Cockspur Street.
Stipple engraving. 180 x 250mm. Marked 'Proof' lower left. Light foxing in image, heavier in margins.
John Addison [1766 - 1844], musician.
[Ref: 5555]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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George Alexander in the Prisoner of Zenda. From a Painting by Rob.t Brough.
George Alexander in the Prisoner of Zenda. From a Painting by Rob.t Brough. [In pencil:] To Richard Northcote George Alexander. May 12. 1914.
Engraved by J. & R. Annan & Sons, Glasgow.
[n.d. c.1914.]
Photogravure on india. 762 x 452mm. 30 x 17¾". Laid on board.
Sir George Alexander (1858-1918) was an English actor and theatre manager. He played many roles in the leading theatre companies, including Henry Irving's at the Lyceum.
[Ref: 22954]   £280.00  
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Mr Van Amburgh
Mr Van Amburgh As Melerius in the Brute Tamer of Pompeii now performing at Astleys Royal Amphitheatre. [ms] In 1838
Madeley lith. 3 Wellington St. Strand.
Lithograph, sheet 325 x 230mm (12¾ x 9). Trimmed.
Isaac van Amburgh (1808-1865), American lion tamer and the first animal tamer who put his head into a lion's mouth. His performances were admired in London, where Queen Victoria saw them about at least six times.
See also refs. 18929 and 21017.
[Ref: 45883]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Portrait de Comédien.
Portrait de Comédien. [Tableau de Dominique Feti, qui est dans le Cabinet de Mr Crozat / Peint sur toile, haut de 37 pouces, large de 30, gravé par Nicolas de Larmessin]
[n.d., c. 1729]
Engraving, sheet 305 x 250mm (12 x 9¾"). Trimmed, losing text; small tissue fragments attached to surface.
Portrait of Francesco Andreini (c.1548-1624), actor, holding a mask. Engraved for the 'Recueil Crozat' from a painting by Domenico Fetti now in the Hermitage, St Petersburg.
[Ref: 31330]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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Ariel.
Ariel. Priseilla Horton [Facsimile within plate.]
LANE [monogram of Richard James Lane]. J. Graf. Printer to Her Majesty.
London, Published Dec.r 17, 1838 by J. Mitchell, 33 Old Bond St.
Lithograph with hand colouring. Laid, on India paper. Sheet size: 355 x 260mm (14 x 10¼").
Priscilla Horton (1818 - 1895) was a well-known singer and actress in 19th century London, famous with her husband, Thomas German Reed, for their refined entertainments which became popular with middle-class audiences who did not otherwise go to the theatre. The print shows her as Ariel, in the 1838 production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. By Richard James Lane (1800 - 1872).
[Ref: 39046]   £260.00  
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[Pet of the Ballet. No. 8.]
[Pet of the Ballet. No. 8.]
[R. Gallon pinx. et lith. Day & Haghe Lith.rs to the Queen.]
[R. Ackermann 14th Feb. 1844.]
Aquatint in india. 310 x 230mm (12¼ x 9"). Staining on backing paper.
A portrait of a ballerina from a series of eight plates portraying annoymous dancers who made up the decorative background during a performance.
[Ref: 15653]   £580.00  
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Mrs. Barry.
Mrs. Barry.
Kettle Pinxt. S Paul [Samuel De Wilde?] fecit.
[British, n.d., c.1780.]
Mezzotint, rare, sitter's face with some retouching, 355 x 255mm. 14 x 10". Lower right margin corner chipped.
Ann (or Anne) Barry (née Street) (baptised 1733 - 1801), actress, sitting with her hands folded in her lap, wearing a white gown with ribbons looping the sleeves and a sash around her waist. Her hair is up with pearls, she has a pearl necklace, with cloak over left shoulder and her knees. After Tilly Kettle (1735 - 1786)
Chaloner Smith 1 ('Paul'), only state.
[Ref: 23453]   £220.00  
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A Study of Sir Henry Irving by Aubrey Beardsley
A Study of Sir Henry Irving by Aubrey Beardsley "Becket" [upper left]
ABeardsley [lower left]
Mixed-media, platemark 210 x 130mm (8¼ x 5").
Sir Henry Irving in the title role of Tennyson's 'Becket' at the Lyceum Theatre in 1893, after the legendary Victorian illustrator Aubrey Beardsley (1872-98).
See BM 1960,0409.502
[Ref: 37936]   £800.00  
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Mrs. Aphara Behn.
Mrs. Aphara Behn. Aphara Behn, a celebrated wit and Dramatic writer of the reign of Charles II, was the daughter of Mr. Johnson, a Gentleman of a good family at Canterbury. Her acquaintance with the celebrated American Prince Oroonoko, whose adventures she was related, gave Southerne the first hint for his much admired play. Besides the above, she wrote several Histories and Novels, seventeen different Dramas, and published three Volumes of miscellaneous poetry, together with various translations. Her writings as well as her manner, were tinctured with the licentiousness of the reign in which she lived. She died April 16.th 1689, and was buried in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey.
London. Published by Rob.t Wilkinson, 58, Cornhill. [n.d. c.1790.]
A very rare mezzotint with etching. Plate 178 x 121mm (7 x 4¾"). Trimmed to the plate; crease.
Aphra [Aphara] Behn (1640-1689) was a prolific dramatist of the English Restoration and was one of the first English professional female writers. Details of her life are scant, mainly because she was the main source: although there is evidence of her being the daughter of a barber, she suggested that she was daughter of the lieutenant general of Surinam, that country being the setting for one of her most famous works, 'Oroonoko'. Around 1664 she may have married Johan Behn, but he disappeared from her life almost immediately. Having been introduced to court about that time, she was employed as a spy by Charles II in Antwerp during the Second Anglo-Dutch War, seeking out English republican exiles. As a playwright she was mocked for her bawdy themes, including same-sex love between women. However she still earned a grave in Westminster Abbey (described as 'most scandalously but rather appropriately' by Virginia Wolff), although not in Poets' Corner.
[Ref: 20928]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Mrs. Aphara Behn.
Mrs. Aphara Behn. Aphara Behn, a celebrated wit and Dramatic writer of the reign of Charles II, was the daughter of Mr. Johnson, a Gentleman of a good family at Canterbury. Her acquaintance with the celebrated American Prince Oroonoko, whose adventures she was related, gave Southerne the first hint for his much admired play. Besides the above, she wrote several Histories and Novels, seventeen different Dramas, and published three Volumes of miscellaneous poetry, together with various translations. Her writings as well as her manner, were tinctured with the licentiousness of the reign in which she lived. She died April 16.th 1689, and was buried in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey.
London. Published by Rob.t Wilkinson, 58, Cornhill. [n.d. c.1790.]
A very rare mezzotint with etching. Plate 180 x 120mm (7 x 4¾"). Trimmed to plate on right.
Aphra [Aphara] Behn (1640-1689) was a prolific dramatist of the English Restoration and was one of the first English professional female writers. Details of her life are scant, mainly because she was the main source: although there is evidence of her being the daughter of a barber, she suggested that she was daughter of the lieutenant general of Surinam, that country being the setting for one of her most famous works, 'Oroonoko'. Around 1664 she may have married Johan Behn, but he disappeared from her life almost immediately. Having been introduced to court about that time, she was employed as a spy by Charles II in Antwerp during the Second Anglo-Dutch War, seeking out English republican exiles. As a playwright she was mocked for her bawdy themes, including same-sex love between women. However she still earned a grave in Westminster Abbey (described as 'most scandalously but rather appropriately' by Virginia Wolff), although not in Poets' Corner.
[Ref: 42176]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Désespoir de Mris. Bellamy sur les marches du Pont de Westminster.
Désespoir de Mris. Bellamy sur les marches du Pont de Westminster.
La Ville fe. Benoist del. F. Maradan sculp.
[n.d., c.1810.]
Engraving, 190 x 133mm.
George Anne Bellamy (1731? - 1788), actress. Initially her beauty and social reputation stood her in good stead. She was small in stature, fair, with blue eyes, and apparently very beautiful. During her early life she was thrown into intimacy with Fox and many characters of highest mark. Her later years were burdened with suffering and debt however. She describes herself on her reappearance in Dublin, when still little more than thirty, as ‘a little dirty creature bent nearly double, enfeebled by fatigue, her countenance tinged with jaundice, and in every respect the reverse of a person who could make the least pretension to beauty.’
Ex: Collection of Alec Clunes.
[Ref: 7882]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr. Bennett, as Lucius Catiline.
Mr. Bennett, as Lucius Catiline. "Look Romans.' on this Sign & Worship it".
[n.d. c.1836.]
Hand-coloured aquatint and etching. Watermarked J. Whatman. Plate 197 x 114mm. 7¾ x 4½". Repaired tear on left.
George John Bennett (1800-1879) was noted as a Shakespearian actor, appearing at Covent Garden and Drury Lane. Here portraying Lucius Sergius Catilina (108-62BC), a Roman politician, best known for the Catiline conspiracy, an attempt to overthrow the Roman Republic. Standing holding the eagle which he wanted to bring down.
Harvard. Vol. I: p.94; 11.
[Ref: 20931]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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Sarah Bernhardt.
Sarah Bernhardt.
W. & D. Downey, 57 & 61, Ebury Street, London.
[Cassell & Company, 1890.]
Carbon print photograph, 140 x 95mm (5½ 3¾"), on original board with printed title, total 215 x 185mm (8½ x 7¼").
The actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) as Théodora in Victorien Sardou's play 'Théodora' (1884), based on the life of the Byzantine empress (c. 500-548), wife of Justinian I. Sardou (1831-1908) wrote this and other plays for Bernhardt. His play 'La Tosca' (1887) was the basis of Giacomo Puccini's opera
[Ref: 41743]   £85.00   (£102.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr. Berry in the Character, of Dominic, in the Spanish Friar.
Mr. Berry in the Character, of Dominic, in the Spanish Friar.
T. Worlidge pinx.t R.d. Houston fec.t
London, Printed for John Bowles and Son, at the Black Horse, in Cornhill. [n.d. c.1760.]
Mezzotint. 355 x 254mm (14 x 10"). Trimmed to plate. Slight damage on right.
Edward Berry (1697-1750), actor, shown in character for Dryden's 'Spanish Friar' (1681), wearing a Dominican habit and holding a large rosary in left hand at waist level.
CS: 10. Russell: 9.
[Ref: 27255]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr. Berry in the Character, of Dominic, in the Spanish Friar.
Mr. Berry in the Character, of Dominic, in the Spanish Friar.
T. Worlidge pinx.t R.d. Houston fec.t
[London, Printed for John Bowles and Son, at the Black Horse, in Cornhill.] [n.d. c.1760.]
Mezzotint. 355 x 254mm (14 x 10"), large margins. Publication line scratched out. Slight rubbing.
Edward Berry (1697-1750), actor, shown in character for Dryden's 'Spanish Friar' (1681), wearing a Dominican habit and holding a large rosary in left hand at waist level.
CS: 10. Russell: 9.
[Ref: 43552]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr. Henry Betty, (Son of W. H.W. Betty, the English Roscius.) In the Character of Macbeth.
Mr. Henry Betty, (Son of W. H.W. Betty, the English Roscius.) In the Character of Macbeth. "______and on high plac'd Macbeth. Shall live the lease of nature". Macbeth, Act 4th. Scene 1st.
Drawn from life & on Stone by F. Onwhyn. Hurst, lith, 244. Strand.
Proof. [n.d. c.1850.]
Lithograph. 355 x 266mm. 14 x 10½". Small paper repair, but still damaged to title area.
Henry Thomas Betty (1819-1897), actor and son of William Henry Best Betty (1791-1874).
See Harvard: p.102.2. NPG: D41914.
[Ref: 24439]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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The Young Roscius, Aged 13.
The Young Roscius, Aged 13. Willm. Henry West Betty, Born at Shrewsbury. September 15, 1791.
A Warranted Likeness Drawn by Permission. F. Eginton, fecit Birmm.
Publish'd by J. Bisset. Museum, Birmingham, Feby. 12th 1803. Sold in London by Mr. Ackerman, Strand _ Messrs. Colnaghi & Co. Cockspur St. & Mr. Thompson, Gt. Newport St. Printseller to his Majesty, &c.&c.
Stipple and engraving, scarce, sheet 225 x 175mm. 8¾ x 7". Trimmed within plate.
William Henry West Betty (1791-1874) was a child actor billed as the 'Young Roscius' for his performances in adult roles like Hamlet and Romeo, 1804-1806, at Covent Garden. His bust is enclosed in a floral circular frame decorated with theatrical and musical motifs, on an inscribed pediment. Eight lines of text below, three lines of poetry above. Betty's first appearance on the stage at was at Belfast before he was twelve years old, as Osman in Aaron Hill's Zara, an English version of Voltaire's Zaire. His success was immediate, and he shortly afterwards appeared in Dublin, where it is said that in three hours of study he committed the part of Hamlet to memory. His precocious talents aroused great enthusiasm in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and he was favourably compared with some of the greatest tragedians. In 1801, he first appeared at Covent Garden, when the troops had to be called out to preserve order, so great was the crush to obtain admittance. At Drury Lane, the house was similarly packed. He was a great success socially; George III himself presenting him to the queen, and Pitt upon one occasion adjourning the House of Commons so that members might be in time for his performance. But this enthusiasm gradually subsided, and in 1808, he made his final appearance as a boy actor, and entered Christ's College, Cambridge. He re-appeared four years later, but the public would have none of him, and he retired to the enjoyment of the large fortune that he had amassed as a prodigy. His son Henry Thomas Betty (1819-1897) was also an actor. Engraved by Birmingham printmaker Francis Eginton (1737 - 1805), published for the Birmingham Museum.
Harvard Theatre Collection: pg.103, 10.
[Ref: 13321]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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The Young Roscius in the Character of Douglas.
The Young Roscius in the Character of Douglas.
[Engraved by Godby from the original drawing in the possession of his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.]
[London, Edward Orme, 1805.]
Stipple engraving, printed in colours. Image 280 x 215mm, 11 x 8". Trimmed to printed border.
William Henry West Betty (1791-1874) as Douglas in the black verse tragedy by John Home. Betty. was a child actor billed as the 'Young Roscius' for his performances in adult roles like Hamlet and Romeo, 1804-1806, at Covent Garden.
Harvard Vol.I: p105, 45.
[Ref: 24252]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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The Young Roscius in the Character of Douglas.
The Young Roscius in the Character of Douglas.
Engraved by Godby from the original drawing in the possession of his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.
Published Jan.y 1st 1805, by Edward Orme, His Majesty's Printseller, Bond Street, the Corner of Brook Street. Sold also by Mess.rs Colnaghi & Co. Cockspur Street, & J. Ginger, Booksellers to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Piccadilly.
Stipple engraving, printed in colours. Sheet 325 x 240mm (12¾ x 9½"). J. Whatman watermark 1801. Trimmed within plate.
William Henry West Betty (1791-1874) as Douglas in the black verse tragedy by John Home. Betty. was a child actor billed as the 'Young Roscius' for his performances in adult roles like Hamlet and Romeo, 1804-1806, at Covent Garden.
Harvard Vol.I: p105, 45.
[Ref: 41881]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Mlle. Bigottini. La Tarentelle.
Mlle. Bigottini. La Tarentelle. 3. L'Opera.
Guérard del. E. Desmaisons lith.
Paris, publié par J. Bulla et F. Delarue, 10 rue JJ Rousseau. Imp. Lemercier. London pub.15 June 1844 by the Anaglyphic Company, 25 Berners St. Oxford St.
Fine coloured lithograph, rare 369 x 267mm. 14½ x 10½".
Émilie Bigottini (1784-1858) was a French dancer of Italian ancestry. She entered the Opera de Paris in 1801 and led its company until her retirement in 1823, distinguishing herself in the ballets of Louis Milon. Napoleon I of France was one of her fervent admirers. From 'Les annales de l'Opéra ou Recueil des premières danseuses'.
[Ref: 23936]   £260.00  
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Mr. Blakes as Monsr. la Medicine [faint pencil mss. below image in blue wash frame.]
Mr. Blakes as Monsr. la Medicine [faint pencil mss. below image in blue wash frame.] Mr Blakes [ink mss.]
De Wilde [in image lower right.]
[n.d., c.1820.]
Pen and ink and watercolour, image 239 x 165mm.
Portrait of the hatter and actor Charles Blakes (d.1763), in the character of 'Monsieur le Médecin', copied from the mezzotint portrait by James McArdell. The signature suggests the painter and watercolorist Samuel De Wilde (1751 - 1832), who was noted for his theatrical subjects. Probably this though is a copy by George Perfect Harding (1781 - 1853), portrait painter, copyist and antiquary.
Ex: Collection of Alec Clunes.
[Ref: 7807]   £260.00  
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Blanchard, Liston, and Mathews. In the Farce of Love, Law and Physic.
Blanchard, Liston, and Mathews. In the Farce of Love, Law and Physic. LOG: Do you mean as you can prove black is white? FLEXIBLE: Sir, black is white: shall a timber merchant dare contect with me in points of law?
Painted by G.Clint, A.R.A. Engraved by Tho.s Lupton.
London, Published April 22nd, 1832, by Tho.s Lupton, 4 Leigh Street, Burton Crescent, & R.Ackermann, 96 Strand.
Mezzotint. 480 x 380mm, 19 x 15". Tear entering plate on right, small worm hole, large margins.
The actors William Blanchard (1769 - 1835), John Liston (1776 - 1846) & Charles Mathews (1776 - 1835), in 'Love, Law and Physic' by James Kenney (1780 - 1849), first performed 1812.
[Ref: 20556]   £450.00  
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Carlo Blasis
Carlo Blasis Primo Danzatore del Teatro del Rè in Londra. Attuale primo Danzatore nel Grande Teatro la Fenice 1834.
[n.d., c.1835.]
Stipple, rare. Sheet: 225 x 150mm (9 x 6"). Trimmed.
A portrait of Italian dancer and choreographer Carlo Blasis (1797-1878).
[Ref: 47264]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Blume als Don Juan, in der Oper gleiches Namens.
Blume als Don Juan, in der Oper gleiches Namens.
Gez. von J. Scheppe. Lith. Inst. v. L Sachse & C.ie.
Verlag v. Gbr. Gropius v. Diorama. [n.d., c.1825.]
Coloured lithograph. Printed area 245 x 200mm, 9¾ x 8", with publisher's blind stamp.
Heinrich Blume (1788-1856), in Mozart's Don Giovanni.
[Ref: 26436]   £95.00  
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Mr. Booth
Mr. Booth
G. White fecit
Sold by S. Sympson in ye Strand near Catherine Street [c.1725]
Mezzotint, rare, platemark 250 x 180mm (9¾ x 7") large margins.
Barton Booth (1681-1733), actor highly regarded by his contemporaries.
CS 9 iii/iv.
[Ref: 43748]   £240.00  
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J.B. Booth Esq.r of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
J.B. Booth Esq.r of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. [From an original Painting.]
Ingrey & Madeley, Lithog. 310 Strand.
London Pubd. by Cowe & Strange, 2a FetterLane.
A rare lithograph. 145 x 96mm. 5¾ x 3¾". Cut.
Junius Brutus Booth (1796-1852) was an English actor. He performed alongside Edmund Kean in England in several Shakespearean production at the Drury Lane Theatre from 1817 to 1821.
Harvard Vol. I: p.136; 4.
[Ref: 19928]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr Bowden in the Character of Robin Hood.
Mr Bowden in the Character of Robin Hood. You know the wrongs I have suffer'd &c. &c. Act 2nd.
Painted & Engraved by J R Smith Mezzotinto Engraver to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales & His Serene Highness the Duke of Orleans
London Published Dec.r 15 1787 by J.R. Smith No. 31 King Street Covent Garden.
Mezzotint, platemark 395 x 275mm (15½ x 10¾"). Trimmed to platemark lower edge; otherwies large margins.
Wright Bowden (1752-1823), actor and later stockbroker, in the role of Robin Hood. By John Raphael Smith (1752-1812) perhaps the finest of English mezzotint engravers. Smith was also a leading publisher and exhibited oil paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts between 1779 and 1805, and this print, engraved and published by Smith from his own painting, combines these three aspects of his work.
D'Oench 290; CS 20; Frankau:41
[Ref: 46745]   £260.00  
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[Anne Bracegirdle.]
[Anne Bracegirdle.]
[Possibly B. Lens.]
[n.d. c.1690.]
Mezzotint, proof before letters. 122 x 96mm. 4¾ x 3¾". Trimmed to plate.
Anna Bracegirdle (1663?-1748), an English actress.
NPG D791. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd. Not in CS.
[Ref: 16328]   £220.00  
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Mrs. Brooks.
Mrs. Brooks.
C. Spooner Fecit.
[London: J. Bowles, c.1770.]
Mezzotint with etching on thin laid paper, heavily reworked, painter's name erased. Image 315 x 250mm, 12½ x 9¾". Trimmed within plate. One crease.
Portrait of Mrs Brooke, actress, wife of James Brooke, who trained as an engraver and was afterwards associated with the stage. Seated at a writing desk, arms folded in her lap with a miniature portrait of a gentleman in her right hand and a fan in the other; she wears a mantilla cape, a dress with fanned lace sleeves, and crescent hat. On the table is an inkstand, quills and papers. Prominent beauty patch on right temple. After Thomas Worlidge (1700 - 1766).
Chaloner Smith 3 (undescribed state).
[Ref: 23503]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Burbage [in pencil]. [Richard Burbage. The First Performer of King Richard III. From the Original Picture in Dulwich College…]
Burbage [in pencil]. [Richard Burbage. The First Performer of King Richard III. From the Original Picture in Dulwich College…]
[S. Harding del et sculp.]
[n.d. c.1790.]
Stipple. Proof before letters. Image 157 x 126mm. Image stuck onto separate sheet.
Richard Burbage (1568-1619) was an actor and theatre owner. Burbage was a popular actor by his early 20s. His early acting career is poorly documented. It has been suggested that it included a stint in the Earl of Leicester's company, but there is no good evidence for this. He probably was acting with the Admiral's Men in 1590, with Lord Strange's Men in 1592, and with the Earl of Pembroke's Men in 1593; but most famously he was the star of William Shakespeare's theatre company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men which mutated into the King's Men on the ascension of James I in 1603. He played the title role in the first performances of many of Shakespeare's plays, including Hamlet, Othello, Richard III and King Lear. But he was in great demand and also appeared in the plays of many of the great contemporary writers, such as Ben Jonson (the title role in Volpone, and Subtle in The Alchemist), John Marston (The Malcontent), John Webster (The Duchess of Malfi) and Beaumont & Fletcher (The Maid's Tragedy).
Appears in NPG with title area.
[Ref: 12670]   £85.00   (£102.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr. Capoul et Melle. Ritter dans Paul et Virginie
Mr. Capoul et Melle. Ritter dans Paul et Virginie Theatre National Lyrique.
Imp. Becquet à Paris, pv.
Paris, Ancne. Mon. Martinet, r. de Rivoli, 172. [n.d. c.1860.]
Hand coloured lithograph, sheet 340 x 220mm. 13¼ x 8¾". Sheet trimmed unevenly on left.
Victor Capoul and Melle Ritter in opera Paul et Virginie by Victor Masse, Numbered '3' below image; for a series of theatrical portraits ('Galerie dramatique'?).
Not in Harvard. Ex Collection Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 18535]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Miss Ada Cavendish.
Miss Ada Cavendish. "Heart on her lips, and Soul within her eyes." Byron: Beppo, Stanza 45. Figaro Cartoon Cards of the Day.
[Faustin Betbeder.]
[n.d. c.1874.]
Chromolithograph. 209 x 135mm. 8¼ x 5¼". Trimmed.
Ada Cavendish (1839-1895), the English actress known for her Shakespearean roles and for popularising the plays of Wilkie Collins in America. She married Frank Marshall (1840-1889), who published a scholarly edition of Shakespeare. From a collection of choromolithographs representing cariacatures of London celebrities, politicians, and royalty. After Faustin Betbeder (1847-1914) who contributed illustrations to the 'London Figaro'.
[Ref: 26618]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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Sous les traits de Chanville admires ce sorcier, Mille talens heureux sont toute sa magie, L’estime du public fait son apologie, Que ce Colas dit on entend bien son metier. La nature qu’en tout il suit, il etudie, Se plut à le doüer du’ne aimable gaité,
Sous les traits de Chanville admires ce sorcier, Mille talens heureux sont toute sa magie, L’estime du public fait son apologie, Que ce Colas dit on entend bien son metier. La nature qu’en tout il suit, il etudie, Se plut à le doüer du’ne aimable gaité, Avec grace, finesse, esprit vivacité, Il n’est rien qu’il n’imite oû qu’Il ne parodie.
Peint par de Lorme, Pintre de S.A.S. Mgr. le Duc d'Orleans. de Lorraine Sculp.
[n.d. c.1800] Se Vend chés de Lorraine rue de Fouard chés un Papetier, et chés Buldet rue de Gêvres, au grand Coeur.
Engraving. 521 x 349mm. 20½ x 13¾". Some spotting outside the image.
Full-length portrait of Champville, actor of the Théâtre des Comédiens Italiens.
[Ref: 13949]   £380.00  
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Mr. Thomas Clark, Late of Exeter Change, Strand.
Mr. Thomas Clark, Late of Exeter Change, Strand.
London, Published for the European Magazine by James Asperne No.32, Cornhill 1st.Novr.1816.
Stipple. 160 x 114mm. 6¼ x 4½". Cut and laid on separate sheet.
The Exeter Exchange (Exeter Change) was a building on the Strand, London. It was most famous for the menagerie that occupied its upper floors for over 50 years from 1773 until it was demolished in 1829. Thomas Clark was a longtime tenant who put the multipurpose hall to a new use, as a theatre for the one-man show of the elder Charles Dibdin.
[Ref: 15066]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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The Celebrated Mrs Clive, late Miss Raftor in the Character of Philida.
The Celebrated Mrs Clive, late Miss Raftor in the Character of Philida.
J. Faber Fecit 1734.
Sold by J. Faber at y.e Golden Head in Bloomsbury Square Holbourn.
Mezzotint. Sheet 345 x 245mm, 13½ x 9¾". Trimmed within plate, laid on card.
Catherine Clive (1711-1785), known as Kitty, appearing in Colly Cibber's 'Damon and Phillida'. From a painting by Peter van Bleeck (1697-1764). Clive had a considerable reputation on the London stage. In 1747 she became one of the founding members of David Garrick's acting company. A soprano, Clive would also occasionally sing on the stage, notably portraying Emma and Venus in the world premiere of Thomas Arne's masque 'Alfred' in 1740. When she was still a teenager she married George Clive, a barrister and brother of Clive of India; the marriage did not last and she returned to the stage.
CS: 85. For a similar print in reverse see ref. 23120
[Ref: 23120]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Costume d'un Colin, dans Gustave III ou le Bal Masqué. Opéra. Acte V.
Costume d'un Colin, dans Gustave III ou le Bal Masqué. Opéra. Acte V. Academie Royale de Musique.
Maleuvre s.
Chez Hautecoeur Martinet, M.d dEstampes rue du Coq No.13 et 15 à Paris. [n.d., 1833.]
Engraving with hand-colouring, sheet 190 x 125mm (7½ x 5").
Portrait of a dancer in Aubert's opera 'Gustav III'.
[Ref: 43263]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr. Colin dans Faust.
Mr. Colin dans Faust. Theatre de L'Opera.
A. Morton [signed in plate]. Imp. Lemercier & Cie Paris.
Paris ancienne Maison Martinet. [n.d. c.1860.]
Hand coloured lithograph, sheet 325 x 235mm. 12¾ x 9¼".
A 19th century French actor in the title role of Faust, a grand opera in five acts by Charles Gounod. Numbered '3' below image; for a series of theatrical portraits ('Galerie dramatique'?).
Not in Harvard. Ex Collection Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 18537]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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George Frederick Cooke as Sir Pertinax MacSycophant.
George Frederick Cooke as Sir Pertinax MacSycophant.
Engraved by Woodman after a Drawing of the same size by De Wilde.
London, Published as the Act directs, by John Cawthorn, No.5, Catherine Street, Strand, Apr. 10. 1808.
Stipple, open letter state to watermarked laid paper; sheet 475 x 315mm. 18¾ x 12½". Trimmed roughly to plate; two small tears from lower extremity. Few small nicks.
Actor George Frederick Cooke (1756 - 1811) in costume in Charles Macklin's 'Man of the World', holding the pommel of his sword; rectangular frame. After Samuel De Wilde (1751-1832).
NPG D34094. Harvard p.282, 42.
[Ref: 20559]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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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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[Michael Costa.]
[Michael Costa.]
From a Photograph by Signori Caldesi. Engraved by George Zobel.
London, Published May 21st 1855, by J.Mitchell, Bookseller & Publisher to Her Majesty. 33 Old Bond S.t.
Mezzotint on steel. 510 x 340mm. Damp stain.
From Caldesi's 'Artists of the Italian Opera'. Sir Michael Costa (1808-1884) was the Musical Director. In 1855 Costa wrote the oratorio 'Eli'; Rossini's commented: 'The good Costa has sent me an oratorio score and a Stilton cheese. The cheese was very good'.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 1138]   £240.00  
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[Mrs. Crouch.]
[Mrs. Crouch.]
[G: Romney pinxit. F. Bartolozzi R:A: sculpt.]
[n.d. c.1788.]
Stipple in reverse, proof before all letters with small margins, very rare, with collector's mark A. Anderson Weston. Plate 318 x 255mm (12½ x 10").
Portrait of the singer and actress Anna Maria Crouch; three-quarter length portrait, seated under a cliff, lower body facing three-quarter to right, upper body turned and looking three-quarter to left, right hand on chest, book in left hand, necklace with a miniature portrait attached hung from neck; yacht on sea in distance to extreme right. Anna Maria Crouch (1763-1805), the singer and stage actress in the London theatres; she was, albeit briefly, a mistress of George, Prince of Wales.
Ex Collection: Earl of Bute. Horne: 21 (a). De Vesme: 1063. Lugt 65.
[Ref: 29121]   £250.00  
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"The Gaffer." (Frank Curzon.) Vanity Fair Supplement.
Spy [monogram of Sir Leslie Ward in image.]
Hentschel-Colourtype, London. [1908.]
Chromolithograph with biographical sheet. 385 x 254mm. 15¼ x 10".
Frank Curzon (1868-1927) was an English actor who became an important theatre manager, leasing the Royal Strand Theatre, Avenue Theatre, Criterion Theatre, Comedy Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre, amongst others. Later in life, he became a very successful racehorse breeder, and in 1927 his horse Call Boy won the Epsom Derby. He was a keen golfer.
[Ref: 19249]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Madame Davis.
Madame Davis.
P.Lely pinxit. R.Tompson excudit.
[n.d., c.1675.]
Mezzotint. 335 x 247mm. 13¼ x 9¾". Trimmed within plate and laid on separate sheet repaired tear right side.
Mary 'Moll' Davis, playing a guitar., actress and mistress of Charles II, whose child Mary Tudor (1673-1726), married the Second Earl of Derwentwater.
CS: 11: ii of ii. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 17006]   £280.00  
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M.me de Giuli Borsi.
M.me de Giuli Borsi.
V. Hess.
[n.d. c.1845.]
Lithograph with gold-leaf ribbed border, on album page. 268 x 202mm. 10½ x 8". Some foxing and staining, crease on right & top left.
Seated on a chair wearing arm-length gloves; she wears a bracelet and a cord around her neck that falls into her lap. Teresa De Giuli-Bórsi (1817-1877) an Italian soprano who studied in Milan. She was acclaimed throughout the major musical centres of Europe. She was one of the first sopranos to have been both a drammatico soprano and one conversant from the start with assoluta roles. The success and length of Giuli-Borsi's career (1839-1866) strongly suggest an enviable ease in all three registers of her voice.
[Ref: 23680]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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