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[Portrait of William Upcott]
[Portrait of William Upcott] A Collector.
Engraved by T. BRagg from a Drawing by W. Behnes, March 1818.
Engraving on india, very fine impression; platemark 285 x 185mm (11¼ x 7¼").
William Upcott (1779-1845), antiquary and autograph collector and son of the artist Ozias Humphry (1742-1810). Along with his early collecting of prints, coins and trade tokens, Upcott inherited his father's artworks and extensive correspondence. It was the latter which led Upcott towards his primary interest of collecting autographs. Upcott also catalogued the library at the Evelyn family home of Wotton in Surrey (in the course of which he acquired, possibly illegally, a number of items which he later refused to return), and compiled a biographical dictionary of British authors and a bibliography of British topgraphical works (a volume of which he holds in this print). In later years Upcott negotiated with various institutions interested in acquiring his collection (from the British Museum to the Library of Congress) but most of his collection remained with him at his Islington residence 'Autograph Cottage'. After his death the collections were dispersed in three sales: the British Museum purchased his collections relating to British topography, while the Evelyn family repossessed items Upcott had taken from the library. Engraved after a drawing by William Behnes (1791x7-1864), who was second only to Francis Chantrey as England's most prolific and successful portrait sculptor at this time.
Private Collection.
[Ref: 43354]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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