[BOOKPLATE] Ex. Libri Carolus Guliemuss Sherborn.
Ano. Dni. M.D.CCC.LXXVIII. [1878.]
Engraved ex-libris bookplate of Charles William Sherborn (1831 - 1912), engraver, by his own hand. 120 x 80mm, 4¾ x 3¼". A fine impression in near mint condition.
The intricately engraved design, showcasing the engraver's talents, features heraldic elements, a unicorn, a butterfly, a naked woman and child, and a skeleton; all are surrounded by dense foliage. Sherborn's finest achievement is a series of over 350 bookplates which he designed and engraved chiefly between 1881 and 1912. They are mostly of the armorial type, but some are pictorial and a few are portraits. His mastery of fine engraving technique was unrivalled among the working engravers of his time, and came into its own in reproducing these formal and intricate designs. He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and was elected a foundation member of the Society of Painter-Etchers in 1884.
[Ref: 12331] £75.00