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Beaudesert, Staffordshire, Marquis of Anglesea
Beaudesert, Staffordshire, Marquis of Anglesea
[after Humphry Repton]
London: Published by J. Taylor, Feb. 1 1816
Aquatint with hand-colouring, sheet 195 x 255mm (7¾ x 10"). Lacking overlay. Small tears; laid on conservation tissue.
Beaudesert, on the southern edge of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, one of the family seats of the Paget family. The estate was broken up in the early 20th century, and demolition of the house began in 1935, but was never completed and some ruins still remain. Plate from Humphry Repton's 'Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening', whose plates were engraved from drawings by the great landscape gardener. Repton's last treatise, 'Fragments' charts the break-up of landscape gardening and the society which sustained it, focusing on small flower gardens and ornate gothic buildings rather than the landscape at large. Repton died two years later, in 1818.
Abbey 391.14. See 34183 for image with overlay.
[Ref: 34862]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Magic No. 5. The Doctor Puzzled.
Magic No. 5. The Doctor Puzzled. When the picture is held to the fire, the patient will put out his tongue and puzzle the doctor.
London, Published by Orlando Hodgson, 111 Fleet Street. Of whom may be had Winter & Domestic Amusements, containing the above & several hundred other curious & entertaining experiments. [n.d., c.1840.]
Scarce & rare hand coloured lithograph. Sheet size: 285 x 190mm (11 x 7½").
An optical print which, when held in front of light, shows the patient's tongue (the source of the doctor's puzzlement).
[Ref: 45874]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Draughts.
Draughts. The amusing game of Draughts on holdoing up the print to the light is transformed into another agreeable pastime.
London: William Spooner, 377, Strand [c.1830]
Hand-coloured lithograph, sheet 230 x 280mm (9 x 11"). Damaged.
Transformation print: a scene of two men playing draughts which, when held up to the light, turns into a drinking scene. This is due to the application of certain pigments in the colouring, which may still be activated. From a series by the innovative publisher of games, satires and puzzles William Spooner (1833 - 1847; fl.).
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Le Temps qui détruit tout, donne à tout l’existence: Des débris que tu vois, j’ai reçu la naissance.
Le Temps qui détruit tout, donne à tout l’existence: Des débris que tu vois, j’ai reçu la naissance.
Fortier Sculpsit.
A Paris, chez L. Dubois Peintre, Rue de L'Éperon No.8. Et chez tous les Mds. de Nouveautés. Déposé à la Bibliothèque Impériale. [n.d. c.1780.]
Engraving. 260 x 292mm (10¼" x 11½"). Small tear that comes into the top platemark. Repaired hole to the right-hand side of the image.
A transformation print: a rocky outcrop with buildings changes to the face of a man with a beard when turned sideways. The title is a quotation from the poem 'Les Mois - Avril' by Jean-Antoine Roucher (1745-1794).
[Ref: 8750]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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[Rocky landscape with trees.]
[Rocky landscape with trees.]
Fortier Sculpsit.
[n.d. c.1780.]
Engraving. Sheet 210 x 275mm (8¼ x 10¾"). Trimmed within plate, losing title.
A transformation print: a wooded outcrop changes to the face of a man with a beard when turned sideways. A similar print by Fortier illustrated a quotation from the poem 'Les Mois - Avril' by Jean-Antoine Roucher (1745-1794), suggesting this example illustrated another month.
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Let Clans and Families all join the dead. This ancient house will never want a Head. T.H.
Let Clans and Families all join the dead. This ancient house will never want a Head. T.H.
London. Published March 1, 1828 by W.B. Cooke, 9 Soho Square.
Etching. 140 x 185mm (5½ x 7¼").
A transformation print: a house on a rocky outcrop changes to a bearded man.
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Beaudesert, Staffordshire, Marquis of Anglesey.
Beaudesert, Staffordshire, Marquis of Anglesey.
[after Humphry Repton.]
Published by J. Taylor, Feb 1. 1816.
Coloured aquatint with overlay, very rare. 230 x 320mm (9 x 11½). Trimmed into plate at sides.
Beaudesert, a stately home on the southern edge of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, one of the family seats of the Paget family until the 1930s when financial difficulties forced a sale. Many of the furnishings, including oak panelling and the Waterloo Staircase, were exported to Carrick Hill in Adelaide, South Australia; when the buildings were demolished some of the bricks were used to re-face St James's Palace. Published in Humphry Repton's 'Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening', the plate has a hinged overlay: when the slip is down the view is of farm buildings under a wooded hill, with a stream; lifting the slip reveals the mansion on the hill, a reservoir, cascades and terraced gardens. Repton (1752-1818) was the last great English landscape designer of the C18th, who coined the term 'landscape gardener'. Regarded as the successor to Capability Brown, he worked at Blaise Castle, Woburn Abbey, Stoneleigh Abbey & the central gardens in Russell Square, but lost out on the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion to John Nash (although he published his designs).
Abbey: Scenery 391. See 34862 for no overlay.
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No. 6. Morgan's Improved Protean Scenery; The Royal Exchange, London. Morning or Night.
No. 6. Morgan's Improved Protean Scenery; The Royal Exchange, London. Morning or Night. This Print at first represents the venerable Building, early on the morning, on the 10th Day of January, and, upon holding it before the light, you will observe the awful conflagration, as it appeared on the night of the same day, which totally destroyed the Exchange.
London: Feb.y 5th 1838, by W.Morgan, 25 Bartlett's Buildings, Holborn.
Coloured lithograph. Image 160 x 230mm, with separate title. Mounted on card, as issued, small dent in sky.
Holding the print to the light superimposes a scene painted on the reverse.
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Spooner's Magic Prints.  No.2.
Spooner's Magic Prints. No.2. Which, when gently heated before a Fire, will undergo a complete transformation [...]
[London: W. Spooner, n.d, c.1835.]
Hand coloured lithograph, sheet 145 x 170mm. 5¾ x 6¾". Good colour; margins a little trimmed.
A windmill in an apparently snow-covered landscape which, as the inscription explains, will transform into a summer scene when viewed in front of strong light. This is due to the application of certain pigments in the colouring, which may still be activated. From a series by the innovative publisher of games, satires and puzzles William Spooner (1833 - 1847; fl.).
[Ref: 27049]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Spooner's Protean Views, No. 14. Alloway Kirk and Burns Monument. Changing to the Scene of Tam O'Shanter & The Witches.
Spooner's Protean Views, No. 14. Alloway Kirk and Burns Monument. Changing to the Scene of Tam O'Shanter & The Witches.
London, William Spooner, No. 337 Strand. [n.d., c.1840.]
Coloured lithograph, 150 x 170mm, trimmed and laid on card with title label, backed with tissue, as issued.
The daylight scene changes to a stormy night, with Tam being pursued by flying witches when held up to a light source.
[Ref: 5697]   £220.00  
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Spooner's Protean Views, No. 15. Temple Bar London. Changing to the Queen's Visit to Guildhall and her reception on entering the City.
Spooner's Protean Views, No. 15. Temple Bar London. Changing to the Queen's Visit to Guildhall and her reception on entering the City.
London, William Spooner, No. 337 Strand. [n.d., c.1840.]
Coloured lithograph, 150 x 170mm, trimmed and laid on card with title label, backed with tissue, as issued.
The scene changes when held up to a light source.
[Ref: 5698]   £220.00  
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Spooner's Protean Views, No. 21. Napoleon at the Battle of Wagram, Changing to The Conflagration of Moscow.
Spooner's Protean Views, No. 21. Napoleon at the Battle of Wagram, Changing to The Conflagration of Moscow.
London, William Spooner, No. 337 Strand. [n.d., c.1840.]
Coloured lithograph, 150 x 170mm, trimmed and laid on card with title label, backed with tissue, as issued.
The scene changes when held up to a light source.
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Spooner's Protean Views, No. 24. Guildhall _ London
Spooner's Protean Views, No. 24. Guildhall _ London Exhibiting the Civic Banquet to the Queen.
London, William Spooner, No. 337 Strand. [n.d., c.1840.]
Coloured lithograph, 180 x 350mm, trimmed and laid on card with title label, backed with tissue, as issued. Tissue torn.
The empty hall becomes decorated with curtains and fills with tables and diners.
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[Ten fantastical portraits of tradesmen.]
[Ten fantastical portraits of tradesmen.] Blacksmith - Le Forgeron. [&] Joiner - Le Menuisier. [&] Musician - Le Musicien. [&] Fisherman - Le Pêcheur. [&] Fruitiere - La Fruitière. [&] Tailor - Le Tailleur. [&] Barber - Le Perruquier. [&] Florist - La Bouquetière. [&] The Writer - L'Ecrivain. [&] Armourer - L'Armurier.
[n.d., c.1820.]
10 coloured aquatints, very scarce. Each sheet c. 260 x 120mm, 10¼ x 4¾" Trimmed for inclusion in a scrapbook, signs of wear.
Ten head-and-shoulders portraits of tradesmen, with the features made up from arrangements of the tools of their trade. For example the Barber is made up of a wig and stand, razor, scissors, shaving brush and apron.
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A Romantic View in Wales. Sir W.W.W. [Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn]
A Romantic View in Wales. Sir W.W.W. [Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn]
[lithographed by C.J. Hullmandel after Thomas Mann Baynes.]
[n.d., c.1840.]
Lithograph. Sheet 215 x 160mm (8½ x 16¼"). Trimmed, corners snipped.
A optical illusion print, with a rocky landscape that transforms into a portrait of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1772-1840) when turned sideways. This Watkin Williams-Wynn was a Tory MP for Beaumaris & Denbigh, who weighed 17½ stone. His father, Watkin Williams-Wynn (1749-89), was a patron of Robert Adam and Paul Sandby; his son, Watkin Williams-Wynn (1820-85) was also a Tory MP.
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