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Matthew Boulton, Esq.r.
Matthew Boulton, Esq.r.
Painted by C.F. de Breda R.A. of Stockholm & Painter to the King of Sweden. Engraved by S.W. Reynolds.
London: Published March 1st 1796 by S.W. Reynolds. No 6 Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane.
Mezzotint. 355 x 255mm (14 x 10"). Slight scuffing.
Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) the Birmingham industrialist and entrepreneur, who was called 'the first manufacturer in England' by Josiah Wedgwood. He was the founder of the Soho Works in Birmingham in 1762, known for its high quality ornamental objects. In 1775 Boulton entered into partnership with the Scottish engineer James Watt who invented the steam engine; he supplied machinery for the new Mint on Tower Hill in 1805. Boulton also designed for the commercial art market, devising ormolu (gilt brass) mounts for the English potter Josiah Wedgwood's decorative wares. Both men belonged to the Lunar Society, a group of prominent Midlands men who developed ideas and techniques in science, manufacturing and transport. The original painting, by Carl Frederik von Breda (1759-1818), is in the Birmingham Museums Trust.
Whitman 34.
[Ref: 59084]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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[Mary Langton.]
[Mary Langton.]
Painted by C.F. de Breda, R.A. of Stockholm & Painter to the King of Sweden. Engraved by S.W. Reynolds.
London: Published March 1st. 1796, by S.W. Reynolds, No.6 Rolls Buildings Fetter Lane.
Mezzotint, proof before title, 355 x 250mm. 14 x 9¾". Wide margins folded back.
Mary Langton, Daughter of Bennet Langton (1737 - 1801), friend of Dr. Johnson. After Carl Fredrick von Breda (1759 - 1818)
NPG: D3535. Whitman: 316, sitter unidentified. Ex: Collection The Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 10006]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Sweden] Gustavus Baron de Nolcken
[Sweden] Gustavus Baron de Nolcken His Swedish Maj's Envoy Ext.y & Minister Plenip.y at the Court of Great Britain &c &c &c
Painted by C. Fr de Breda R.A. Stockholm Painter to the King of Sweden. Stiparoti Engraved [c.1780]
Rare & fine stipple engraving, platemark 250 x 20mm (9¾ x 8¼"). Very large margins.
Gustaf Adam von Nolcken, Swedish ambassador in London (1764-93), wearing the Cross of the Order of the Polar Star, a Swedish order of chivalry. The Swedish embassy in London was at that time located on Portman Square, a short distance from its current location on Montague Place. After a portrait by Carl Fredrik von Breda (1759-1818), Swedish painter active in England for much of the 1780s and 1790s. Other portraits he painted while in England included Sir Joshua Reynolds and, when visiting Birmingham, several members of the Lunar Society including James Watt.
For Breda's portrait of Reynolds see ref. 29524.
[Ref: 38668]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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[James Watt.]
[James Watt.]
S.M. Litten [pencil signature].
Published 1922 by The Museum Galleries, 26, Museum, London, W.C. Copyright.
Mezzotint on chine collé, printed in colours, signed by the engraver, publisher's blind stamp lower left. 335 x 270mm (13¼ x 10¾"), large margins, with a letterpress biography.
Seated portrait of James Watt (1736-1819), Scottish inventor whose improvements to the steam engine in 1776 was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution. The original oil, painted by Carl Fredrik von Breda in 1779, in now in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG 186a).
[Ref: 57847]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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