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[Arthur Balfour.]
[Arthur Balfour.]
[Painted by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema] Minnie Cormack [pencil signature.]
[British, c.1890.]
Mezzotint on india laid paper, a rare signed engraver's proof, 520 x 390mm (20½ x 15¼"). Crease to image lower right; some loss of india surface below image.
Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour (1848 - 1930), Prime Minister and philosopher. Balfour first made his mark as a philosopher, publishing A Defence of Philosophic Doubt in 1879. He entered politics in 1874 through the patronage of his uncle, Lord Salisbury. He succeeded Salisbury as prime minister in 1902 but was unable to keep together a party divided by issues of Free Trade and Protectionism. He resigned in December 1905. During the First World War, he worked as First Lord of the Admiralty and, from 1916 to 1919, as Foreign Secretary. The Balfour Declaration of November 1917 gave British support to 'the establishment in Palestine of a home for the Jewish people'. Balfour continued in politics until the age of eighty: he had served for twenty-seven years as a member of the cabinet. The oil painting by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836 - 1912), exhibited 1891, is on display in the Dining Room at Bodelwyddan Castle n Denbighshire, North Wales.
See NPG: 2949.
[Ref: 17460]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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The Right Hob.ble A.J. Balfour, M.P.
The Right Hob.ble A.J. Balfour, M.P.
Painted by L. Alma-Tadema. R.A. Engraved by M. Cormack.
London Published 25th May, 1832, by P & D. Colnaghi & Co. 13 & 14 Pall Mall East, s.w.
Mezzotint. Sheet size: 510 x 390mm (20 x 15¼"). Trimmed inside platemark. Scuff marks to surface. Tear in right edge of sheet. Damaged.
A portrait of Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour (1848 - 1930), a British Conservative politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from July 1902 to December 1905 when he succeeded Lord Salisbury, coming into power practically at the same moment as the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and the end of the second Boer War.
Ex collection of Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 37158]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Right Hon.ble A.J. Balfour, M.P.]
[The Right Hon.ble A.J. Balfour, M.P.]
L. Alma-Tadema. M. Cormack. [pencil signatures]
London Published 25th May, 1832, by P & D. Colnaghi & Co. 13 & 14 Pall Mall East, S.W.
Proof mezzotint on chine collé, one of 225 signed by the artist and engraver. Sheet size: 520 x 390mm (20¼ x 15¼"). Printsellers' Association blindstamp. Some spotting of backing card.
Seated portrait of Arthur James Balfour (1848 - 1930), 1st Earl of Balfour, Prime Minister from July 1902 to December 1905. He read moral sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge (1866-9).
[Ref: 48496]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Past and Present Generations.
Past and Present Generations.
L. Alma Tadema [pencil signature.]
Copyright 1895 by Messrs Arthur Tooth 7 Sons Publishers, 5 & 6 Haymarket London and 295 Fifth Avenue New York and Messrs Steifbold & Co Berlin. Printed in Berlin.
Photogravure on chine collé. 550 x 410mm (21¾ x 16"), Printsellers' Association blind stamp. Some cockling of india paper, edges of backing board chipped.
Two figures stand on a marble terrace lined with funerary busts on herm pillars, a winged griffin looking in. In 2019 the original oil on panel, which was commissioned by the publishers of this print, sold at Sotheby's for nearly £250,000.
[Ref: 53028]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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[A Roman Emperor.]
[A Roman Emperor.]
L. Alma Tadema A.R.A. Pinx.t. P.Rajon sc.a.
In progress for the Proprietors Pilgeram & Lefevre 1A King St. St James's Sq. London S.W. [n.d., c.1875.]
Progress proof, etching on chine collé with Printsellers' Association blind stamp. 330 x 505mm (13 x 20") very large margins. Abrasions and surface soiling mainly in margins.
A soldier, Gratus, finds Claudius hiding behind a palace curtain after the assassination of Caligula and his family, whose bodies lie on the floor in the centre. The painting was commissioned by Ernest Gambart in 1871 and exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts as 'A Roman Emperor, AD 41' that year. Gambart had already retired from his publishing empire, leaving it in the hand of his nephew Léon Henri Lefèvre. The plate was declared to the Printsellers' Association on 24th December 1875, but not completed until January 1877, when it was described by the Graphic as a 'singularly powerful plate'.
BM 1886,1206.36: 'The print was Rajon's largest work and in the nineteenth century usually considered his masterpiece'.
[Ref: 48605]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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