The Select Works of Tho.s Worlidge,containing Fifty Etchings of Portraits, Fancy Heads, and Miscellaneous Subjects.
Quarto, original card covers with label 'Fifty Select Etchings by Tho.s Worlidge', bound. Title page and fifty plates as called for (including portrait of Worlidge as frontispiece). Occasional offsetting and spotting. Includes an amateur watercolour portrait after Worlidge. Some sheets on watermarked 1823 Whatman paper.
Posthumous collection of prints by Thomas Worlidge (1700-66), known as the 'English Rembrandt' for his etching technique and fondness for copying subjects by Rembrandt and his contemporaries. The subjects here include several Rembrandt copies and other Dutch genre scenes, along with religious subjects, portraits and oddities such as a camel, écorché figure, and portraits of 'Mahomet, a Turkish Merchant' and his companion 'Hamet'. Born in Peterborough, Worlidge was a pupil of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, whose daughter Arabella he married. His widow issued his plates in 1766 and 1767 after his death with the numbers in the corners, but very fiew impressions were issued and sold by Worlidge during his lifetime.
We have early impressions of many of prints in this collection, eg. refs 23970 (Hamet); 28369 (John Evelyn); 32573 (self-portrait); 32572 (Turk's Head); 32576 (écorché) etc. Ex: Collection of The Hon
[Ref: 32566] £2,500.00