[Parish Characters in Ten Plates.]
Pub June 12th 1829 by T. McLean 26 Haymarket sole publisher of P. Prys Caricatures. - none are original without T. McLeans Name.
Ten etchings with hand-colouring, each platemark approx. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). All in good condition.
A set of ten caricatures by William Heath (Paul Pry) (1790-1845), prolific British satirist whose career spanned the transition from the late Georgian golden age of British satire to the early Victorian period in which approaches towards satire changed dramatically. List of plates: 'Mr George King' (George IV); 'Mr Primate the Churchwarden' (Archbishop Howley); 'Dusty Bob the Paris Dustman' (Sir Robert Peel); 'Master Fang the Parish Beadle' (John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst); 'Attorney in General to the Parish' (James Scarlett, judge); 'Master Dogberry the Parish Watchman' (Lord Eldon); 'One of the Select Vestry' (Lady Conyngham); 'Leo Sacks one of the Charity Crab's' (Henry Goulburn, politician); 'One of the Poor employed to mend the High Ways' (Henry Peter Brougham, lord chancellor); and 'Caleb Quotem the Parish Factotum' (Duke of Wellington). The plates were all subject of imitations (possibly by John Phillips aka 'Sharpshooter', who frequently pirated Heath), which were antedated to June 1st 1829 as a way of presenting themselves as the originals!
BM Satires 15800-15803, also cp BM Satires 15785-90 (only imitations listed); for the individual plates see refs. 30497, 32095 etc; for the copies by ?Sharpshooter see refs. 30503, 30485 etc.
[Ref: 39745] £2,300.00