Sr. Jos. Reynolds Pinx J. Wilson fec
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
Designed from the life, by Mons.r Marinette, Artist at St. Omers.
Coloured etching, very fine. 320 x 220mm (12½ x 8¾") large margins. Full length portrait of Bartolomo Pergami (or Bergami), believed to be Queen Caroline's lover, in uniform.
[Ref: 42182] £180.00
J.no P. Blencowe [facsimile signature].
J. Linnell 1841.
Etching. 275 x 225mm (10¾ x 9") very large margins. Paper toned. John Prescott Blencowe [1778-c.1841], a merchant of St Margaret's Place, King's Lynn, Norfolk, several times mayor.
[Ref: 42172] £140.00
[The Children of Joseph Baggaley Bradshaw.]
Jos. Wright pinxit. Val. Green fecit.
Mezzotint. Scratched proof. Plate: 375 x 475mm (14¾ x 18¾"). Slight repair in lower title on right. Trimmed to plate and laid on card. A group portrait of three children of Joseph Baggale Bradshaw shown holding a lamb in a rural landscape. After a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797).
[Ref: 42502] £650.00
Eliz.th Duchess of Hamilton.
F. Cotes pinx.t. R. Brookshaw Fecit
Printed for Rob.t Sayer No.53 in King Street
Mezzotint, platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½") very large margins. Elizabeth Hamilton [née Gunning], duchess of Hamilton and Brandon (1733-90), courtier. She first met James Hamilton, 6th Duke of Hamilton and Argyll, at a party in January 1752 and they married the following month at a chapel in Curzon Street, Mayfair. The duke had forgotten to bring a ring so married her with a bed-curtain ring fetched from his house. The duke brought Elizabeth back to Scotland where, dividing their time between Edinburgh and Hamilton, they were at the centre of Scottish society. The duke died in 1758 after catching a chill while out hunting and Elizabeth remarried the following year, to 'Handsome Jack Campbell' (1723-1806), a professional soldier. When George III married Princess Charlotte in 1761, Elizabeth was chosen as one of the ladies of the bedchamber, and became a figure of real significance in the household of Queen Charlotte. Engraving after a portrait by Francis Cotes (and copied in reverse from an earlier print from the same portrait).
For the print from which this derives see ref. 34421. CS: 13 II of II.
[Ref: 42088] £160.00
[Thomas Worlidge, c.1740?]
Pencil with pen and ink, sheet 175 x 135mm (7 x 5¼"). Glued to backing sheet at top corners; glue stains; 'R' collector's mark of Jonathan Richardson the elder [?] verso. Drawing of Charles I, with pencil inscription attributing to Thomas Worlidge (1700-66), portrait painter and etcher. The collector's stamp appears to be that of Jonathan Richardson the elder (1667-1745), distinguished portrait painter and writer.
[Ref: 42338] £480.00
The Right Honble Maria Countess of Coventry.
London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer, No. 53 in Fleet Street [c.1760]
Mezzotint, platemark 150 x 115mm (6 x 4½"); large margins. Tipped into album sheet. Maria Coventry [née Gunning], countess of Coventry (bap.1732-d.1760), figure of scandal. After a childhood in Ireland, Maria and her sister Elizabeth arrived in London as teenagers and aroused considerable interest in fashionable society (they were nicknamed 'the Beauties' and admired by George II). Both quickly married well: Elizabeth to the duke of Hamilton (in secret) and Maria to George William Coventry, sixth earl of Coventry (1722-1809), the grandest landowner in Worcestershire. In London Lady Coventry's activities were documented in many private diaries and letters (Horace Walpole seems to have been particularly interested by her) and her portrait was painted by several leading artists; she also quarrelled regularly in public with her husband. Lady Coventry died at the age of twenty-eight in 1760, supposedly from lead poisoning from the fashionable white cosmetic, ceruse, which she used on her face, although tuberculosis has also been thought responsible. Mezzotint engraving of a detail from a pastel drawing by Jean-Etienne Liotard (1750-55, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).
[Ref: 42089] £160.00
Le Baron Denon.
Hesse pinx.t 1816.
Etching, platemark 205 x 150mm (8 x 6") very large margins. Baron Dominique-Vivant Denon (1747-1825), French painter, archaeologist and traveller. Denon had a brilliant career as an artist and diplomat under the ancien regime, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Diderot, Voltaire, and Robespiere. He followed Napoleon on his campaign in Egypt, making over 150 sketches (now in the British Museum) which, reproduced in his book 'Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte' (1802), the first serious description of the antiquities discovered in Egypt, were influential in establishing the Egyptian Revival style in France. In 1802 he was appointed director-general of the Imperial Museums, playing a key role in bringing foreign masterpieces into the Louvre. He played a crucial role as artistic adviser to Napoleon, selecting artworks to requisition and handing out commissions to artists. After Napoleon's defeat in 1815 he retired, and spent his last ten years engraving and working on a general history of the arts. Engraving after portrait of Denon by Henri-Joseph Hesse (1781-1849)
[Ref: 42002] £240.00
[Sir Francis Drake] Franciscus Draeck Nobilissimus Eques Anglia An Aet Sue 43 [...]
[Jodocus Hondius and George Vertue, c.1733]
Engraving. Sheet: 300 x 395mm (12 x 15½"). Trimmed to image, paper tone and creasing. 18/19th century impression. Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) the most famous of all English seafarers, large globe in left background. This print has an interesting history: the plate was started during Drake's lifetime, hence the date of 1580 on the print (the artist is widely believed to be Jodocus Hondius although Remigius Hogenburg has also been suggested). The plate was left unfinished (an example of the print in its unfinished state is in the British Museum, registration no. O,8.86) until in the 18th century the printmaker and antiquary George Vertue purchased the plate from Drake's descendants and completed it. Drake earned his fame and fortune through his skilful seamanship and outstandindingly successful piracy. His circumnavigation of the globe from 1577-81 involved a number of very profitable raids on Spanish ships and ports. His increasingly frequent and serious attacks during the 1580s were an important factor contributing to Philip II's decision to launch the Armada against English in 1588. Drake served as vice-admiral of the English fleet which defeated the Armada.
[Ref: 42846] £1,250.00
De L'armessin Sculp.
Engraving. Sheet 180 x 135mm (7 x 5¼"). Trimmed to printed border, mounted in album paper. Sir Francis Drake (1540? - 1596), right hand on a globe on which America is marked. He was the first English circumnavigator and the first to remain in command from beginning to end.
[Ref: 42168] £290.00
[Series of 30 Dwarfs.]
[English, n.d., c.1730.]
Series of 30 dwarfs on 10 sheets, scarce English version. Each sheet: 290 x 125mm (11½ x 5"). Some damage. A series of satirical portraits of dwarfs, many based on Martin Engelbrecht's 1710 series 'Het Dwergentooneel'.
[Ref: 42722] £1,500.00
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The Siamese Youths. (Aged 18.) [As now Exhibited at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly.]
Lithog. by W. Day, 17 Gate Str.t.
[London, Pub.d by R. Ackermann & Co. 96 Strand, 1.st Dec.r 1829.]
Lithograph. Sheet 215 x 125mm (8½ x 4½"). Trimmed to printed border on three sides, into title at bottom, losing part of title and publisher's inscription. Eng and Chang Bunker (1811-1874), conjoined siamese twins, shown playing badminton. When the boys were 17, they joined the Scottish merchant Robert Hunter, who managed a tour in which they displayed themselves, and were examined by doctors across the United States and Europe. In 1832 they realised that their new manager, Captain Coffin, was taking most of their profits, and made a separate arrangement with the circus owner Phineas T Barnum, with whom they toured until 1839.
[Ref: 42433] £140.00
Desiderius Erasmus Rotterodamus. Qui Patriae lumen qui nostri gloria sech [...]
Vorsterman sculptor D.D.: Hansus Holbenius pinxit. Cum Privilegio Reg: [c.1625]
Engraving, rich impression. Sheet 205 x 145mm (8 x 5¾"). Trimmed within plate, mounted in album sheet. Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), Dutch Renaissance humanist and a Catholic theologian.
[Ref: 42173] £190.00
J. Fane, Esq.r M.P. Dedicated by Permission to the Freeholders of Oxfordshire, by their Obedient Humble Serv.t.
Etching. Plate: 100 x 160mm (4 x 6¼"), with large margins. Light foxing. A portrait of Tory politician John Fane (1775-1850) who served as M.P. for Oxfordshire from 1824-1831.
[Ref: 42641] £85.00
The Right Honourable The Lady Charlotte Finch.
Robinson pinx: Major sculp.
Publish'd according to Act of Parliament July 28 1755.
Engraving. 320 x 225mm (12½ x 9"). Thread margins. A portrait of Lady Charlotte Fermor (1725-1813), painted by John Robinson. As Robinson died in 1745 the portrait was probably painted on her betrothal to the Hon. William Finch (1691–1766), who she married in 1746. She served as governess to the children of King George III and Queen Charlotte for over thirty years, holding the position from 1762 to 1793.
[Ref: 42429] £160.00
His Royal Highness George Prince of Denmark.
G. Kneller Eques pinx. I. Smith fec.
Sold by I. Smith at the Lyon and Crown in Russel Street Covent Garden.
Mezzotint. Plate: 145 x 205mm (5¾ x 8¼"). Small margins. A portrait, set in an oval of Prince George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland (1653-1708), husband of Anne, daughter of James II and Queen of England from 1702.
[Ref: 42602] £160.00
M.r James Gillray.
From a miniature painted by himself & Engraved by Cha.s Turner.
London, Published april 19 1819 by G.Humphrey, 27 S.t James's Street.
Mezzotint. Plate: 300 x 395mm (12 x 15½") very large margins. Some creasing and marking. A portrait of caricaturist and printmaker James Gillray (1757-1815).
[Ref: 42599] £360.00
Sarah Countess of Kinnoull. From a painting in miniature of the same size by Sam. Shelly_ Engraved by Caroline Watson engraver to her Majesty. 
Stipple, early impression, platemark 285 x 210mm (11¼ x 8¼"), very large margins. Sarah Harley (1760-1837), daughter of Sir Thomas Harley; she married Robert Hay-Drummond, later 10th Earl of Kinnoul, in 1781.
[Ref: 42483] £140.00
S.r Philip Honeywood, Knight of the most Honourable Order of Bath, General of Horse, Colonel of his Majesty's first Regiment of Dragoon Guards, Governor of Portsmouth &c.
B. Dandridge Pinxt 1751. Ia.s M.cArdell Fecit.
Sold by Ja.s M.cArdell, at the Golden Head in Covent Garden._ Price 5 shillings.
Mezzotint. Rare 1st state. Kupferstichkabinet, Dreseden stamp in bottom right corner and on verso. Plate: 355 x 505mm (14 x 20"), large margins. Repaired tear in top left corner and crack in plate. An equestrian potrait of Sir Philip Honeywood (1677-1752) a British army officer, serving under John Churchill 1st Duke of Marlborough in Brabent at the start of his career and serving as the governor of Portsmouth at the end.
CS: 106, I of IV
[Ref: 42847] £380.00
Mrs. H. Lewis as Ann Jane Thornton, the Female Sailor.
London J. Fairburn Minories & 44 Barbican [c.1835]
Etching with fine hand-colouring, platemark 225 x 180mm (8¾ x 7"). Trimmed to platemark at top edge. Harvey Lewis (d.1855), actress and wife of Henry Lewis, in the role of Anne Jane Thornton (b.1817), sailor and crosss-dresser. Aged fifteen Thornton fell in love with a visiting American, and after he returned to the US in 1832, she disguised herself as a man and was engaged as a sailor on a ship sailing to America. Docking at Maine, she walked seventy miles to the home of her lover, where she discovered he had recently married. Forced to support herself, Thornton continued to work as a sailor for two years until she was finally discovered to be a woman. Thornton continued at sea until 1835, when she disembarked in London and was interviewed by the Lord Mayor. Her story was popularised in an autobiographical chapbook (the scene in the background, of a near-death encounter with native Americans, may derive from the narrative).
[Ref: 42450] £95.00
John Lewis of Richmond.
[Painted by T. Stewart. Engraved by R. Field.]
Mezzotint, rare. Image 310 x 260mm (12¼ x 10¼" Trimmed to image, title pasted underneath. Portrait of John Lewis (1713-1792), Richmond resident who owned a brewery near the Thames close to where Terrace Gardens now are. Seated facing the viewer, he holds a stick in his right hand, wearing a dark coat open over a pale double-breasted waistcoat, white cravat and broad-brimmed hat over a chin-length wig. In 1758 Lewis became a celebrity when he re-established the freedom for public to walk through Richmond Park, through a legal case against Princess Amelia. . The Park reopened on 12th May 1758 when ladder style gates were fixed to Ham & Sheen gates in front of a vast gathering of local people. The painting by Stewart, a pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds, currently hangs in the Reference Library at the Old Town Hall, Richmond. This was Field's only mezzotint.
Chaloner Smith 1, I of II; in the second state the chair disappears and the name is replaced by a text starting 'Be It Remembered'.
[Ref: 42444] £360.00
Richard Oastler, 12 Coffee Gallery, Fleet Prison Dec. 9 1840
Madeley lith. 5 Wellington St. Strand
Lithograph, rare, sheet 230 x 150mm (9 x 6"). Trimmed. Bit messy. Richard Oastler (1789 - 1861), factory reformer. Oastler was famously 'awakened' in 1830 to the cruelties routinely practiced in English textile mills, and throughout the 1830s was an infuential advocate of factory reform, his oratorical skills earned him the sobriquet 'The factory king'. His paternalistic view of society meant that Oastler, the quintessential Tory radical, abhorred the idea of strikes, trade unions and universal suffrage. Eventually, in 1838, Thomas Thornhill, the squire of Fixby who employed Oastler as a steward on his estate, turned against Oastler, dismissing him and initiating legal proceedings against him. Unable to repay debts to Thornhill which he had accumulated, Oastler was committed to the Fleet prison for three and a half years (the date on this print is the date his sentence began). As this portrait suggests, Oastler kept busy in prison editing a weekly newspaper, and continued to edit a magazine after his release, but these had little influence. It was not as a writer but as a presence and speaker that Oastler was most influential.
[Ref: 41659] £140.00
Obtuso-rectilinear. Plate 6.
Very rare lithograph printed on pink paper, sheet 250 x 165mm (10 x 6½"). Trimmed. Ms in pencil bottom front 'If this proof should not be thought [...] Mr. B. will again attempt ...'. Proof impression of a plate from 'The Theory and Classification of Beauty and Deformity' (1815) by Mary Anne Schimmelpennick [née Galton] (1778-1856), author. Schimmelpennick's interests were wide, involving history, religion and aesthetics, including the study of Hebrew which resulted in her 'Biblical Fragments' (1821-2). She earned her living through literature after her husband Lambert Schimmelpennick, a Dutchman involved in the shipping trade at Bristol, fell into financial difficulties.
[Ref: 41719] £140.00
[Louis XVI, Roi de France.]
[J. Boze. L.Schiavonetti.]
Publisched by Mr Joseph Weber, 2 October 1802. 6 Reysell Street Leicester Square. [ink mss.]
Stipple, platemark 260 x 165mm (10¼ x 6¾") very large margins. Proof before all letters; old ink mss. publication details outside bottom plate mark. The Germanic spelling of 'Publisched' suggests it was the publisher himself who wrote the mss.
For another portrait with same ms publication inscription see ref. 11800.
[Ref: 41695] £95.00
[The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine.]
Coreggio Pinx. A: M: Angelica Kauffman inc.
Etching. Plate: 175 x 135mm (7 x 5¼"). Tiny pin holes in plate, thread margins. A religious scene showing St Catherine's marriage, Catherine holds out her hand to the enfant Jesus who sits upon his mother's knee. An etching by Angelica Kauffman.
[Ref: 42783] £480.00
The portraiture of the illustreous Princess Frances Duchess of Richmond and Lenox daugter of Thomas L.d Howard of Bindon Sonne of Thomas Duke of Norfo.k whose mother was Elisabeth daughter of Edward Duke of Buckingham.
Anno 1623 insculpation a Guilh. Paseo Londinum.
Engraving. 17th century watermark; Plate: 170 x 260mm (6¾ x 10¼"). Trimmed to plate on right side. A portrait of Frances Stewart (1578-1639) whose third husband was Ludovic Stewart, 2nd Duke of Lennox and 1st Duke of Richmond who was involved in the colonisation of Maine. Frances Stewart was a patron of Captain John Smith. The frontis piece to Smith's 'Generalle History of Viginia, New-England and Summer Isles', 1623.
[Ref: 42711] £390.00
Melle Taglioni, dans la Sylphide.
Lith. de Gihaut frères Editeurs. Lith par F. Courtin.
Boulevard des Italiens, No. 5, Paris. [n.d., c.1831.]
Lithograph, on india paper. Sheet: 320 x 440mm (12½ x 17¼"). Marking in plate and margins, margins toned. Tears in edges, one in lower edge just into india. A full-length portrait of Romantic ballet dancer Marie Taglioni (1804-1884) shown in costume and en pointe. Taglioni was the first dancer to use en pointe to express character in a dance. While this print is titled 'dans la Sylphide' the portrait is actually of Taglioni in the title role of La Bayadère and is after and English lithograph by R. J. Lane after A.E. Chalon. Dedication in pencil in lower right corner.
[Ref: 42851] £1,250.00
[The Water Lily]
Tho.s Harper pinx.t [J.P. Quilley sculp.t]
[London, Published Feb.y 20, 1830, by Tho.s Mc.Lean, 26, Haymarket.]
Mezzotint printed in colour, sheet 210 x 180mm (8¼ x 7"). Trimmed around image and artist's name, losing text. One of a number of prints after Thomas Harper (1817-43, fl.), portrait and miniature painter, in which women are combined with flowers, comets, eclipses, etc.
For other similar prints after Harper see refs. 38818 and 21580.
[Ref: 42464] £220.00
Drawn by T. Harper
Stipple printed in colour, sheet 205 x 150mm (8 x 6"). Trimmed around image and artist's name. Very fine impression. Stipple after Thomas Harper (1817-43, fl.), portrait and miniature painter who specialised in attractive pictures of women such as his 'Beauties of Brighton'.
[Ref: 42463] £160.00
[Young Woman Resting on a Book.]
Ange Kauffman fec: Lon: 1770.
Etching. Visible area: 160 x 200mm (6½ x 8"), large margins. Margins messy. A portrait of a young woman resting her head and hand on a book standing on its side.
[Ref: 42637] £280.00