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Design of a Sedan Chair as executed for Her Majesty. Dessein d’une Chaise à Porteur executée pour la Reine.
Design of a Sedan Chair as executed for Her Majesty. Dessein d’une Chaise à Porteur executée pour la Reine. Plate VI.
R. Adam Architect 1771. P. Begbie sculp.
Published as the Act directs 1773.
Engraving with small margins. Plate 444 x 591mm. 17½ x 23¼".
Design for a sedan chair; Volume I, part 5, "Works in Architecture". Robert and his brother James Adam forever changed the face of British architecture by introducing innovative Classical design ideas. From 1754-57, Robert lived in Italy where he had a long productive friendship with Piranesi, which was inspirational for both men. Upon his return, the brothers launched their career by building the Adelphi from the Thames to the Strand in London, which although not a commercial success at the time, included one of London's most cherished buildings, the Adlephi Theatre. Together, the Adam brothers designed and built some of the most famous buildings in England, including such bastions of English architecture as Kenwood House, Keddlestone Manor, and Syon House. To the interiors of their English country houses, the Adams brought wonderful ornamental elements in niches, lunettes, festoons and reliefs. Their classically designed buildings were so numerous in London that they changed the prevailing feel of the city and established their brand of neo-Classicism as the model of elegance and importance. It is asserted that the brothers originated the concept of the uniform facade attached to the typical English row house, an architectural device that distinguishes London buildings. This monumental contribution is evidenced in the Adams' designs for Portland Place and Fitzroy Square, and these were used as architectural models for the whole city. The brothers brought their talents into other areas by designing furniture to complement their beautiful interiors and by creating and publishing a treatise of design entitled 'Works in Architecture'. The work was published in three volumes over an extended span of time, beginning in 1773, with the final volume being published posthumously in 1822.
[Ref: 27736]   £350.00  
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[Cab]
[Cab]
[n.d., c. 1811.]
Pen and ink, 125 x 180mm. 5 x 7". Some foxing and ink smudges; bottom right corner missing. Ansell paper watermark.
Drawing of a cab. From the Capper album.
[Ref: 11150]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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En Vélocipède.
En Vélocipède. Imagerie Nouvelle / Planche 300
Typographie, Lithographie, Imagerie Haguenthal, Editeur. / à Pont-a-Moisson, Meurthe. Déposé. [n.d., c.1850]
Lithograph with hand-colouring and gum arabic, large margins, printed area 310 x 190mm (12¼ x 7½"). Tears outside printed area.
Two children riding early bicycles.
[Ref: 35600]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Modern Olympic's
Modern Olympic's Forth from the Goal / Starts the favorite hob, and on his back / Firm sits light load, the Dandy, Jerkin'd Spruce
London Published 23 FEb.y 1819 by John Hudson 85 Cheapside
Rare etching with hand-colouring, watermark Smith Allnutt 1816; sheet 250 x 395mm (9¾ x 15½"). Repaired tear bottom right.
A group of fashionable young men (the precursors of today's cyclists) race on dandy horses or 'draisines', archetypes of the bicycle first patented by Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun in 1818.
[Ref: 41570]   £280.00  
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From End to End and Back Again
From End to End and Back Again An Unprecedented Performance by Car, Tyres, and Drivers.
[c.1906]
Book, card wrappers with original binding, rare, 24pp., 220 x 290mm (8½ x 11½").
Account of the famous drive in June 1906, which saw Angus Shaw and Frederic Eastmead drive the Sunbeam 16/20 (the first Sunbeam designed by Shaw) from John O’Groats to Land’s End, covering 1756 miles, without stopping the engine.
[Ref: 43204]   £220.00   view all images for this item
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Revue Britannique. Nouvelle voiture a vapeur de Gurney.
Revue Britannique. Nouvelle voiture a vapeur de Gurney.
Lith.o de Senter.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Engraving. Sheet size: 365 x 285mm (14¼ x 11¼"). Folded as published.
An illustration depicting four carriages designed by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney (1793–1875), each lettered and explained in French underneath. In the period between 1825–9, Gurney designed and built a number of steam-powered road vehicles, including a design which provided a separate carriage, hauled by the engine, known as the ´Gurney Drag', seen in the centre of the image. In 1829 this steam driven carriage journeyed from London to Bath, although it´s maiden journey was marred by an accident just outside Reading where it collided with the Bristol Mail Coach.
[Ref: 32193]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT) view all images for this item
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The Ladies Ridicule.
The Ladies Ridicule.
JC [lower left]
Pub accor to Act by MDarly Strand July 17th 1772
Etching, platemark 125 x 180mm (5 x 7"). Small margins.
A tall female Macaroni sitting in a sedan chair carried by two footmen; the roof of the chair has been lifted to allow her coiffure to stick through, while a boy page stands behind. From 'Characters, Macaronies & Caricatures, by MDarly', in an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates. Numbered 'V.3' upper left and '22' upper right.
BM Satires 4653
[Ref: 37925]   £230.00  
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Pedestrian Hobbyhorse.
Pedestrian Hobbyhorse.
No. 38 of R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts &c.Pub.d Feb.y 1. 1819.
Aquatint with very fine colour. Sheet 150 x 240mm (6 x 9½"). Binding marks at bottom.
A 'dandy horse', a primative bicycle, on which the rider proceeded by pushing forward on the ground. It was patented in 1818 in Germany by Baron Karl Drais, but this is likely to be the ‘pedestrian curricle’ of Denis Johnson (c.1760-1833), a coachbuilder of Long Acre who made at least 320 during the short craze for velocipedes in 1819. Like many crazes it was killed by a health warning. Ackermann's Repository of Arts was an influential illustrated periodical published from in London from 1809-1829 by Rudolph Ackermann. The formal title of the publication was "Respository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics".
[Ref: 44580]   £220.00  
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[Man riding a penny farthing.]
[Man riding a penny farthing.]
Frank Allport [signed in ink lower left.]
[n.d., c.1880.]
Pen and ink and watercolour, sheet 255 x 205mm. 10 x 8".
An original caricature sketch of a man with a demonic beard, moustache and extraordinarily shaped hair with pony tail riding a penny farthing bicycle. The ordinary, high wheel or penny-farthing was the first true bicycle with which actual speed and distance could be achieved in a practical manner. Based on the original French Boneshaker, James Starley and others produced bicycles with front wheels of ever increasing size, starting about 1870.
[Ref: 8925]   £320.00  
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Schlitten=fahrt auf der Elbe. 36
Schlitten=fahrt auf der Elbe. 36
Kliedertracht u. Gebrauche in Hamburg.
Fine coloured aquatint; Sheet 175 x 265mm (6¾ x 10½"). Trimmed to image, small tear top right.
'A Sleigh-Ride on the Elbe'. A horse-drawn sleigh driven by a man seated on the back, a woman passenger under a leopard-skin, the outline of Hamburg in the background.
[Ref: 37989]   £80.00   (£96.00 incl.VAT)
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The Patent Steam Carriage of Julius Griffith Esq.r
The Patent Steam Carriage of Julius Griffith Esq.r
W. Read Sculp
Sept. 1, 1822
Engraving with 4pp. letterpress (three sheet in total, each 215 x 130mm (8½ x 5").
Image, with extensive description, of the steam carriage built in 1821 for Julius Griffith of Brompton Crescent, London, by Francis Bramah at his Pimlico factory. One of many experiments with steam-powered vehicles intended to travel along turnpike roads (inspired by steam trains), Griffith's carriage unfortunately failed to achieve the successes predicted here, apparently as the boiler produced insufficient steam. The first steam omnibus was introduced in 1833.
[Ref: 42453]   £110.00   (£132.00 incl.VAT)
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The New Steam Carriage!!
The New Steam Carriage!!
[n.d., c.1828.]
Coloured aquatint, scarce. Printed border 115 x 215mm (4½ x 8½"). Trimmed, title excised and replaced, laid on album paper.
A large steam-driven road vehicle, with a driver and eight passengers, overtaking a horse-drawn coach. A scene with a similar carriage, but with an ale house looming large, was engraved by Pyall after G. Morton and published by McLean c.1828.
[Ref: 44561]   £390.00  
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[Steam Omnibus.]
[Steam Omnibus.]
N.C. Boswell 20 Feb/y 1836
Pencil sketch, sheet 165 x 230mm (6½ x 9"). Glued to backing sheet.
A steam omnibus operating on the Paddington to City of London service. Despite the introduction of the first steam omnibus in 1833, horse-drawn buses, first introduced in London in 1829, remained more common and survived until 1912 when they were superseded by the new motorised omnibuses. Pencil sketch copied from a lithograph by J.R. Barfoot.
For Barfoot's lithograph see ref. 14856.
[Ref: 42454]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Steam Omnibus.
Steam Omnibus.
J. R. Barfoot.
William Darton & Son, Holborn Hill. [n.d., c.1840.]
Lithograph, sheet 170 x 215mm. 6¾ x 8½". Sheet trimmed, laid onto album page.
A steam omnibus operating on the Paddington to City of London service. Despite the introduction of the first steam omnibus in 1833, horse-drawn buses, first introduced in London in 1829, remained more common and survived until 1912 when they were superseded by the new motorised omnibuses. Numbered 'No.42' lower left.
[Ref: 14856]   £110.00   (£132.00 incl.VAT)
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The Tram Bridge over the Tawe.
The Tram Bridge over the Tawe.
Drawn & Etched by I.G. Wood.
London Published by Ino. Geo. Wood. 1817.
Soft ground etching. Plate: 180 x 250mm (7 x 9¾"), with large margins.
A view of the horsetram bridge built over the river Tawe in Wales. The horse tram was started in Britain on the Swansea and Mumbles railway and used specifically for tramlines and carriages to transport goods and people.
[Ref: 46302]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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