[Label/Advertisement to portfolio] G. Blackman, Superfine Colour-Man To Her Majesty and the Princesses.No. 362, Oxford-Street. [List of materials sold in three columns.] All Kinds Of Ladies' Work Varnished. A good Allowance in the above Articles to Academies and Shopkeepers.
Blue paper-covered marbled boards with calf spine, manufactured c.1800-1810 by George Blackman, artists' supplier. Folio (530 x 440mm, 20¾ x 17¼"), Blackman's original letterpress advertisement label pasted inside folio. Scuffed and rubbed; damage to spine. Part of original black lace tie.
Rare surviving and unrestored artists' portfolio, with maker's original label. George Blackman was primarily a watercolour supplier, probably born in the 1750s or early 1760s, given his claim to have been an assistant for 14 years before setting up independently in 1790. He claimed to be son-in-law of William Reeves and tutor to James Newman. He advertised in 1790 that 'he had opened a shop, No. 31 Frith Street, Soho, for the sale of superfine watercolours that are equal if not superior to those of Mr Reeves', offering every other article for drawing (Whitley papers vol.3, p.288, quoting the Morning Herald 28 July 1790), later advertising from the same address as 'Superfine Cake Color Manufacturer to their Majesties' Academies, also Sole Inventor of the Original Royal Liquid Blue' (Morning Herald 10 May 1792). In 1793, Blackman advertised his newly Invented Oil Colours (Morning Chronicle 6 July 1793). A year later, in June 1794, he was awarded the greater silver palette and 20 guineas by the Society of Arts for his method of making Oil Colour Cakes, which had been tested by Richard Cosway, Thomas Stothard and Mr Abbot over the course of the previous year (Transactions of the Society of Arts, vol.12, 1794, pp.271-9; see also Carlyle 2001 pp.113-4). Blackman moved premises several times in the 1790s. It would appear that by 1820 he had been succeeded by his son.
British artists' suppliers, 1650-1950 - B. Provenance: Pemberton family of Trumpington Hall.
[Ref: 13050] £320.00