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The Amorous Thief__or The Lover's Larceny.
The Amorous Thief__or The Lover's Larceny. From the Original Picture by John Collet, in the possession of Carington Bowles.
Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No 69 in St Pauls Church Yard, London / Published as the Act directs, 10th Nov.r 1777
Mezzotint, sheet 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Trimmed inside platemark; false margins added; slight staining. 'CL-B' collector's stamp verso.
While a young woman sleeps, a man leans over to kiss her. The maid closes the door. Two books are inscribed 'Chloe caught napping' and 'The Agreeable Dream realiz'd'. On the wall is a picture of cupid (a common feature of romantic 'drolls' such as this). A squirrel ferrets on the table. The theme of young women leaving themselves prey to male attention by falling asleep was a common one in Georgian art such as that of John Collet.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; BM Satires 4554
[Ref: 36226]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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The Young Sweep in Love, or the House-Maid's Conquest.
The Young Sweep in Love, or the House-Maid's Conquest.
Printed for Carington Bowles, No 69 in St Pauls Church Yard London. Publish'd 29 May 1773.
Mezzotint with etching and hand-colouring, sheet 145 x 115mm (5¾ x 4½"). Trimmed to image, losing publication line.
A chimney-sweep reaches up to kiss a tall housemaid while another servant, hiding under the mantelshelf, watches on. Behind, fireplace with bellows hanging, pestle and mortar and candles on a shelf, and 'A New Love Song' stuck to the wall. Reduced version of an earlier print itself derived from a different print, 'The Unfortunate Discovery', after John Collet (c.1725-80), painter and prolific designer of humorous scenes for publishers to make prints of.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; see BM Satires 4589 for larger version.
[Ref: 32374]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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[Female nude standing in a classical garden.]
[Female nude standing in a classical garden.] 36.
J. Collet del. C. Grignon sculp.
London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer, No 53 Fleet Street as the Act directs 15 Dec.r 1770.
Etching, pt 18th century watermark. 200 x 140mm (8 x 5½"), very large margins.
Originally published in a set of six 'Studies of the Female Figure'.
[Ref: 51963]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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The Jealous Maids.
The Jealous Maids. His Lordship loves the Amourous Game; / His gadding Lady does the same; / The Maids as their Mistress do, / The Footman apes his Master too.
John Collett pinx.t. Rob.t Lawrie fecit.
Printed for Rob.t Sayer, No. 53 in Fleet Street, London.
Rare mezzotint. Plate: 255 x 335mm (10 x 13¼''). Trimmed to plate on lower edge.
A footman flirts with one maid while another looks on, sewing. A pair to 'The Rival Milleners'.
[Ref: 49319]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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Lion.
Lion.
J. Collett del et inv.t. Peake sculp.
London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer, No 53 Fleet Street as the Act directs. [n.d., c.1780.]
Etching. Sheet 145 x 200mm (5¾ x 8"). Trimmed within plate, mounted on album paper.
A recumbent lion.
[Ref: 51341]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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[An officer.]
[An officer.]
Collet inv.t et del. T. Cook sculp.
[London, Robert Sayer, c.1770?]
Etching. Sheet 200 x 135mm (8 x 5¼"). Trimmed within plate, losing publisher's inscription.
An officer, sword at hip, leaning on a cane. From the series 'Six Whole Length Figures, cloathed in Modern Taste...'.
[Ref: 51964]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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The Refusal.
The Refusal. From an Original Picture of Mr. John Collett in the Possesion of Mr. Sayer. 402
J. Collett Pinx.t. Phi. Daw Fecit.
London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer No.53 in Fleet Street, as the Act directs 25 Feb.y. 1774.
Mezzotint with large margins, very fine impression. 'CLB' collector's stamp on verso. Platemark: 250 x 350mm (9¾ x 13¾").
An interior scene with a young man sitting with his arms folded, looking at a woman who leans across the round table in front of him, on which are empty glasses and a bottle of wine, putting one arm on his shoulder persuasively. An elderly woman can be seen standing behind her on the left, drinking from a punch bowl. There is an open door behind her.
Ex collection of Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36884]   £370.00  
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Reynard's Last Shift.
Reynard's Last Shift.
After Collett by H.B. Engraved by J.Harris.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Coloured mezzotint. 600 x 480mm. Paper toned.
A fox hides under a woman's skirts.
[Ref: 1330]   £450.00  
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Tiger
Tiger
J. Collett del et inv.t. Smith sculp.
London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer, No 53 Fleet Street as the Act directs. [n.d., c.1780.]
Etching. Sheet 135 x 185mm (5¼ x 7¼"). Trimmed within plate, mounted on album paper.
A recumbent tiger with a bone.
[Ref: 51342]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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Out of Place and Unpensioned.
Out of Place and Unpensioned.
J. Collett inv.t et del.
Published as the Act directs, Nov.r 9.th 1769 by Jn.o Smith, N.o 35 in Cheapside, & Rob.t Sayer, N.o 53 in Fleet Street London.
Engraving. Sheet: 255 x 355mm (10 x 14"). Trimmed within plate and tipped into album sheet.
A portrait of radical politician and writer John Wilkes (1725-1797) who, after returning from exile in France, was elected MP for Middlesex in 1769. However, as parliament considered him an outlaw at the time he was expelled from the House of Commons, he was then re-elected and the expelled again and Henry Luttrell was given the seat. Supporters of his campaign for re-election were John Wheble, editor of the Middlesex Journal and the Society of Gentlemen Supporters of the Bill of Rights, who signed a petition calling George III to allow Wilkes to stand for the seat as barring him was an invasion of the rights of electors to choose their elective. Wilkes stands, his chin resting on a stick, on the table beside him is a copy of 'The Middlesex Journal' and on the wall hangs 'The Middlesex Petition', based on an earlier mezzotint droll of a man in a similar stance.
[Ref: 41931]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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