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[Bellringers] The Blue Bells of Ireland goes well Boys Well, / And the Clappers Strike on e'ry side ding Dong Bell.
[Bellringers] The Blue Bells of Ireland goes well Boys Well, / And the Clappers Strike on e'ry side ding Dong Bell.
[n.d., c.1780.]
Engraving. 18th century watermark; Sheet 105 x 135mm (4¼ x 5¼"). Trimmed.
Six bellringers. The lines below come from a ballad, apparently forgotten: the Bodleian 'Broadside Ballads On-line' only lists a song c.1690 'to the tune of...'.
See Bod 23630.
[Ref: 43953]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Dancing Dogs,
Dancing Dogs, engraved by G.H. Phillips from a painting by W.F. Witherington in the possession of Walter Mudge Esq.r. Proof.
Puiblished by G.H.Phillips, 30 G.t George Street, Euston Square, May 1st 1826.
Proof mezzotint on india paper, 380 x 305mm, 15 x 12". A couple of small minor creases in the india lower right and in centre right of image
A travelling showman bangs a drum, while two dogs dance, dressed in clothes, after William Frederick Witherington (1785-1865), elected to the Royal Academy in 1840.
[Ref: 21340]   £260.00  
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Dancing dogs
Dancing dogs
Painted by G .Morland, Engraved by T. Gaugain.
London Publish'd Feby. 1790 by T. Gaugain Manor Street, Chelsea.
Colour printed stipple engraving 405 x 510mm 16 x 20 inches image. Trimmed to image, letters and title lost, very good colour of this rare print.
Companion to "Guinea Pigs", Geroge Morland (1763-1804) was an English painter, mainly of scenes from rural life, the son and pupil of Henry Morland (?171697), a painter of portraits and fancy pictures who was also a dealer, forger, and restorer. George was precocious and a fluent worker and produced a huge amount of work, in spite of leading a dissolute life and often being drunk, in hiding from his creditors, or in prison. His name is particularly associated with small scenes of middle- and lower-class rural life, usually drawn more from the tavern and the stable than the cottage. The quality of his work is uneven, but at his best he showed a spirited technique and a sure sense of tone. His paintings became extremely popular and he was much imitated and forged; numerous prints were made after his work, some of them by his brother-in-law William Ward. With Wheatley and Ibbetson he established the village scene in the English painter's repertory.
[Ref: 17989]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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Dogs dancing. La danse des chiens
Dogs dancing. La danse des chiens
C. Vernet inv. & del. Levachez fils sculp.
Se vend à Paris, Rue St. Lazare, Chaussée d'Antin, No. 88
Etching with aquatint, 430 x 640mm. 17 x 25¼". Trimmed to plate on three sides; repaired damage.
A display of performing dogs. After Carle Vernet (1758-1836). A somewhat amusing portrayal of performing dogs; each dog in their own colourful and decadent costume. A musician entertains the crowd with some music as the Master in the centre beats his whip to encourage the dogs to act and perform. The scene is set in a busy bustling street with onlookers from every walk of life, and a horse and cart passes through by a shop that sells chocolate, soap, cognac and tea; emphasizing the great colonisation and importing of exotic goods.
[Ref: 11274]   £520.00  
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[The Gypsy Fortune Teller].
[The Gypsy Fortune Teller].
[Published by R.Sayer] [n.d., c.1780].
Woodblock engraving. Sheet: 230 x 315mm (9 x 12½"). Trimmed to image. Crease across centre.
Exterior scene by a church. A gypsy with a young child strapped to her back and a child standing behind her tells the fortune of a well dressed woman using her palm. A well dressed man looks on smiling.
[Ref: 33137]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[Fete?]
[Fete?]
le Pautre j.
a Paris chez N Langlois [n.d., c.1680s.] Avec privil[ege].
Engraving with early colour, thin watermarked laid paper; 165 x 235mm. 6½ x 9¼". Good margins.
A group of men eating at a table in a garden are entertained by dancers and music from a fiddler (right) and trumpet player (seated in foreground, far left). Numbered '2' lower right; from one of the albums of festivities published by Nicolas Langlois (1640 - 1703) .
[Ref: 23276]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Les Enfans Empresses pour voir la Chambre Obscure.
Les Enfans Empresses pour voir la Chambre Obscure.
Desinée par F. Whatley et Dirigée par A. Suntach.
Publiée les 15 Octobre 1791 par Antoine Suntach.
Coloured engraving. Mounted visible area 184 x 229mm. 7¼ x 9".
Children queuing to try out a travelling peepshow in a village street, a French version of 'The Peep-Show', engraved by Bartolozzi after Francis Wheatley.
See De V 1273.
[Ref: 23078]   £480.00  
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La Lanterna Magica.
La Lanterna Magica.
Pinelli Fece 1815 Roma.
Engraving. 210 x 295mm.
Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781-1835) was famous for his depictions of the people of Rome. Here the subject is a showman with a snake draped around his neck, pointing to a banner illustrating various reptiles and a scorpion.
[Ref: 4670]   £260.00  
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[The Puppets]
[The Puppets] I Burattini
Fran.co Maggiotto inv. Gio Volpato Sculp apud Nic: Cavalli Venetis
[c.1765]
Engraving, sheet 375 x 290mm (14¾ x 11½"). Trimmed inside platemark. Damage to left edge of sheet.
Street puppet show, with one of the two puppeteers emerging from the booth to look at his puppet, while a blind fiddler plays to draw in the crowds. One from a set of twelve plates titled 'Le arti per via' ('street arts'), all engraved by the prominent engraver Giovanni Volpato (1740-1803) after designs by Venetian genre painter Francesco Maggiotto (1738-1805).
[Ref: 38317]   £360.00  
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A Country Fair Pl. 1.
A Country Fair Pl. 1.
Drawn & Etch'd by W. H. Pyne.
Pub.d July 1804 by Pyne & Nattes.
Hand coloured aquatint with etching, very large margins. Platemark: 230 x 295mm (9 x 11½").
A busy composition featuring several popular entertainers. To the left is a stage, with a sign inscribed, 'The Grand Pantomine', upon which is a masked clown and dancing women. A crowd has gathered to watch below and to the side, with stalls and sellers in front. More stalls can be seen in the distance. William Henry Pyne (1769-1843), the son of a London weaver who became an artist and writer, was commissioned to write and illustrate a book by the publisher, William Miller of Albermarle Street, London. The illustrations are particularly notable as they portray British life on the eve of the Industrial Revolution.
[Ref: 36756]   £260.00  
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Showman; (loq) Ladies and Gentlemen;_this is the Great Gorilla from the Wilds of Africa!
Showman; (loq) Ladies and Gentlemen;_this is the Great Gorilla from the Wilds of Africa!
CJ [inside image.]
[n.d. c.1860.]
Photograph, image 145 x 142mm. 5¾ x 5½". Cut and laid on board.
A stout showman introduces a gorilla, with a human face and glasses.
[Ref: 15086]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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Le Singe Savant.
Le Singe Savant.
S. Baptiste 1826. Lith de Engelmann.
Lithograph. 216 x 279mm. 8½ x 11". Crease lower left.
Villagers stand around watching a tightrope walking monkey. Under the table another monkey sits waiting to perform, approached by children.
[Ref: 20920]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Valentin Industrial Pittoresque et Dramatique. Le parterre se garnissait quelquefois, mais de spectateurs que m'avaient pas de poches.................l'administration devait donc succomber.
Valentin Industrial Pittoresque et Dramatique. Le parterre se garnissait quelquefois, mais de spectateurs que m'avaient pas de poches.................l'administration devait donc succomber.
Charlet [inside the image.] Lith: de Gihaur freres Editeurs.
Boulevard des Italiens, 5. [n.d. c.1850.]
Lithograph. 274 x 361mm. 10¾ x 14¼".
A group of children surround a boy who is inside a make-shift box putting on a punch and judy show.
[Ref: 15087]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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[With a vignette of a festival] Yorkshire.
[With a vignette of a festival] Yorkshire.
G.B. [George Bickham.] Fecit.
[n.d., 1748.]
Three engraved sheets, each 255 x 160mm (10 x 6").
An engraved-text desciption of Yorkshire, the first page surmounted with a vignette of a street market with a high-wire acrobat, musicians and a dancing dog, and the last page with a vignette of a militia armed with swords and staves. It was published in George Bickham's 'The British Monarchy or a Chorographical Description of all the Dominions Subject to the King of Great Britain'.
[Ref: 45604]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT) view all images for this item
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