To Mr. Charles Snell, Mr. George Shelley, Mr. Robert More, Mr. Ralph Snow, Mr. Thomas Ollyffe, Mr. John Clark,Writing Masters of London / A Poem on Writing [...]
Very scarce broadsheet, sheet 495 x 345mm (19½ x 13½"). Trimmed; fold through centre. Cut inside image on left. Time stained.
Large engraving sheet with multiple portraits by George Bickham (1683/4-1758), writing-master and engraver, then the finest engraver of calligraphy in London. Bickham engraved both the individual portraits of the various writing-masters depicted here, and also engraved their individual copy-books. The calligraphic figures bordering the portraits are reminiscent of those of Edward Cocker (see ref 38877). The legend at the bottom of the sheet 'Blest Britains then and blest Britannia too; For in this Art these Six the World outdoe' epitomizes the gifted generation of writing-masters commemorated here.
See Sloan, 'A Noble Art: Amateur artists and drawing masters 1600-1800' Ex: The Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd Collection.
[Ref: 38878] £450.00