The Four Elements.Earth. Air. Fire. Water.
Hand coloured engraving with manuscript, rare. Watermarked paper, 'J. Whatman, 1801'. Platemark: 435 x 350mm (17 x 13¾"). Creases to sheet. Stained.
A used, decorative writing sheet with original hand coloured vignettes representing the four elements around the edges and, at the top, an illustration depicting, 'Wisdom, Elquence, Learning, Fortitude, History & Stength, conducting the studies of a young gentleman'. The writing sheet was used by Thomas Crantern, on December the 23rd, 1802, who wrote a poem in the centre of the sheet about children respecting their parents.
[Ref: 33436] £360.00