The Rose Shamrock & Thistle. To General Union. This Plate containing Profiles of Eight Illustrious Personages is most humbly Inscribed by a Friend of Liberty.
Engraving with hand-colouring on card, 160 x 120mm (6¼ x 4¾"). Laid on album paper. Silhouettes of several key figures in European politics can be detected among the leaves and flowers: the Prince Regent, Frederick William III of Prussia, Marshall Blucher, George III, Francis I of Austria, the Duke of Wellington, Louis XVIII of France, and Alexander I of Russia.
[Ref: 42305] £260.00
Description of the Print of Earl Howe's Victory over the French Fleet, June the First 1794, Engraved by Mr James Fittler, Marine Engraver to His Majesty, from A Picture Painted by P.J. de Loutherbourg, Esq; R.A. London, Published January 1st, 1799, For V. & R. Green, by R. Cribb, No. 288, Holborn, and by Chr. de Mechel, at C. Geisweiller's; No 54. Pall Mall. Dedicated by Permission to His Majesty.
[London: V. & R. Green, 1799.]
Very scarce etching, 124 x 250mm (5 x 9¾"), set in 4pp. letterpress, price of the prints Four Guineas each. Paper toned. Slight tear on central crease. A prospectus and key plate for Fittler's engraving of Philip James de Loutherbourg's painting of Howe's painting of the famous victory of the 'Glorious First of June'. The key plate numbers the ships; a text, in both English and French, describes the scene; and tables lists the ships and commanders involved in the battle.
[Ref: 41838] £230.00
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City of Jerusalem now Exhibiting at the Panorama, length of the Painting 140ft 18ft.
J.B. Laidlaw, del.
Lithograph. Sheet 280 x 415mm (11 x 16¼"). Creasing as normal. Very scarce key plate for a panorama of Jerusalem, with 71 named sites. A programme of a moving panorama (i.e. one that moved as the spectator stood still) exhibition in Manchester of c.1838 describes 'A Most splendid Panorama embracing all the holy stations mentioned in the scripture', said to be based on 'drawings made on the spot in 1834, by Mr [Frederick] Catherwood'. The viewing point is the roof terrace of the so-called 'Palace of Pontius Pilate', now the el-Omariye College on Temple Mount. No. 45 in the index lists "Messrs. Catherwood & Benomi" sheltering under a tent!
[Ref: 41839] £260.00
[Rocky landscape with trees.]
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.
[Ref: 41962] £160.00
The Man of Metal. The rise of Wellington was on this plan: / For Arms have been The Making Of The Man
Etching with hand-colouring, sheet 120 x 95mm (4¾ x 3¾"). Glued to backing sheet. One from a set of 'composites' (prints showing figures composed from different objects) published by printseller William Bernard Cooke with comic verses by the poet Thomas Hood. This 'Man of Metal' was designed by the famous satirist George Cruikshank. The prints were sold originally at 1 shilling each or 3s. 6d. for four.
See Ann B. Shteir, 'Figuring It Out: Science, Gender, and Visual Culture', pp.169-70.
[Ref: 41639] £75.00
The "Town Puzzle." Sold at all Stationers, etc. The Puzzle is to place the six pieces of Card so as to spell the name of one Town. There are Four different Towns.- (See on flap of Envelope).
Entered at Stationers' Hall. [c.1850]
Envelope containing six pieces of card, each imprinted on both sides with a three-letter sequence, with solution. Game whose objective is to spell out the names of towns in England using the pieces of card provided.
[Ref: 42477] £60.00
A Romantic View in Wales. Sir W.W.W. [Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn]
[lithographed by C.J. Hullmandel after Thomas Mann Baynes.]
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.
[Ref: 42423] £140.00