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View of Reading School & Playground.
View of Reading School & Playground. Dedicated by Permission To the Rev.d R. Valpy, D.D. F.A.S. and the Gentlemen of Reading School, by their very humble and respectful Servant Edmund Havell. Virginibus Sedes Fuit Haec Monialibus Aedes Hospitium Henricus Musis Donavit Amicus.
Drawn by E. Havell. Engraved by R. Havell & Son. 3, Chapel Street, Tottenham Court Road.
Published Oct.r 1816, by E. Havell, Frier Street, Reading.
Very scarce aquatint, printed in colours and hand finished. 443 x 604mm (17½ x 25¼"). A few repairs at top. Slightly time stained.
A view of Reading Grammar School, in what had been Reading Abbey’s guest house or Hospitium, with the scholars at play ouside. The pastimes include cricket, rounders, hoops, reading and driving other boys like horses, with whips. Bottom right an old woman sells pastries. Edmund Havell (1785-1864) succeeded has father Luke (b.1752) as drawing-master at the school and as owner of the family print shop in Reading. His older brother was the landscape artist William (1782-1857); the engravers of this plate were his uncle Robert (1769-1832) and his son, also Robert (1793-1878), engraver of most of the Audubon bird plates.
[Ref: 54916]   £950.00  
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