James Fraser, Aged 67.
Etching and engraving, very scarce. Sheet size: 430 x 345mm. (17 x 13½") Trimmed inside platemark. Some light creasing outside of printed area.
A rare portrait of a Book Binder, full-length seated to left with crossed legs, smiling towards the viewer with his elbows on the arms of his chair, holding a paper labelled 'A Plan for reconciling the difference between the Masters & Journeymen Bookbinders'. To the left is a table covered with an inkstand, books labelled 'Memoirs of Mr Pitt', 'Estimates of Bookbinders' and 'Anecdotes of Lord Nelson', spectacles, the 'Oracle' for May 28 1802 containing an article clearly headed 'Mr Pitt's Birth Day', a letter addressed to 'Mr James Fraser Book Binder Frontier Court St Martin's Lane' and a paper labelled 'The Pilot that weatherd the Storm'. James Fraser (1740 - 1802) was a book binder in London.
See NPG: D38422.
[Ref: 31671] £420.00