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[The Battle of Bears and Frogs].  Turmæ ranarum periunt non vulnere multo Artus si vivet, quæque salire solet.
[The Battle of Bears and Frogs]. Turmæ ranarum periunt non vulnere multo Artus si vivet, quæque salire solet.
Eckstiene pinx [John Eckstein]. Reynolds sculp.
London Pub.d April 1.st 1801.
Rare mezzotint. 430 x 550mm (17 x 21¾"), large margins. Collector's blind stamp of a bee, in lower margin. Repaired tears, central fold, month engraved in a ferrent style to the rest of the inscription.
An army of bears storm a hill defended by frogs with cannon, bayoneting and shooting some as others hop into a pond to escape. A rough translation of the Latin title is 'The host of frogs perish and their limbs, used to jumping, twitch on'. The BM has two examples, one matching this state, and another with a different title ('Im Belles Ferro Ceciderunt Igne Robusti') and joke signatures, from the Lennox-Boyd collection, as this example. The collector's stamp, a blind-stamped Napoleonic Bee, is that of William J. Latta of Philadelphia, a collector of Napolionic prints, who began his collection c.1880, sold it Anderson Galleries, New York, in four sales 1913-4. Lugt (L.2825) says of the collection that it ''was reputed to be the most beautiful of its kind in the world. The portraits were remarkable for the beauty of the prints and the rarity of the states; the series of caricatures was particularly comprehensive''.
BM 1872,0511.896 & 2010,7081.5049. Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 54044]   £320.00  
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Colonel Gaudin de Soter, the Royalist of Martinique.
Colonel Gaudin de Soter, the Royalist of Martinique.
From a sketch by Eckstein, in the possession of Major Gen.l Fred. Maitland.
[n.d. c.1835.]
Stipple engraving, rare. Sheet size: 260 x 175mm (10¼ x 6¾"). Trimmed inside plate. Toning around the edges. Small crease lower left and upper right corners. Dusty.
Colonel Julien Denis Gaudin de Soter led the royalist attack in 1793 during the French Revolution in Martinique. Britain then held control for some years until the French monarchy re-established itself. In 1794 the French Convention abolished slavery, previously upheld by the British.
[Ref: 40029]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Ralph Walker.
Ralph Walker.
Eckstien del. Ridley, sculp.t.
Pub by Ja.s Asperne 32, Cornhill Dec.r 1, 1803.
Stipple. 160 x 110mm (6¼ x 4¼") large margins. Edges spotted.
Ralph Walker (1749-1824), Scottish civil engineer. He was appointed resident engineer of the West India Docks in August 1799; engineer to the East India Docks Company (working with John Rennie) in 1803; engineer for the Surrey Commercial Docks Company in 1807; and engineer to the East London Waterworks Company, 1807-24.
[Ref: 43395]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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