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One of the Poor employed to mend the High Ways.
One of the Poor employed to mend the High Ways. Parish Characters in Ten Plates by Paul Pry Esqr.____Pl 10___
[Paul Pry.]
Pub Jun 12 1829 by T McLean 26 Haymarket sole Publisher of P Pry Caricatures-none are original without his name.
Hand-coloured etching with very large margins. Plate 361 x 254mm (14¼ x 10"). Some toning.
Brougham, wearing a barrister's wig, labours without reward breaking stones (inscribed 'Reform'). Brougham lamented that his support of the Ministry over Emancipation brought no reward, and was anxious to gain the place of Master of the Rolls (as here he says 'getting very hungry could swallow a whole batch of Rolls'). One of, or similar to, a set of 'Parish Characters' with an imitation of William Heath's signature.
Similar to BM Satires 15790 but with different publication line.
[Ref: 30497]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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A Butterfly of the Social Season 1829.
A Butterfly of the Social Season 1829. at Home. In Flight. Crysalis.
W. Sharp del.t. Printed by C. Hullmandel.
London, Pub.d by J. Dickinson, 114. New Bond Street.
Hand-coloured lithograph. Sheet: 210 x 250mm (8¼ x 10"). Marking and stains.
Three portraits of a woman, the woman on the left is shown as she would dress at home, the middle is dressed for going out while the third is dressed for bed.
[Ref: 43795]   £85.00   (£102.00 incl.VAT)
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''Buzz''.
''Buzz''. To the President and Members of the Beef Steak Club, this print is most respectfully Dedicated.
M.W.Sharp. Pinx.t. W.m Sharp Sculp.t.
London, Published July 4th. 1834 by Tho.s Mclean, 26 Haymarket.
Mezzotint. Sheet: 335 x 250mm (13 x 9¾"). Scratches in top left corner. trimmed to platemark.
A comic portrait of a middle aged man shaking the last drop out of a decanter. The Beefsteak Club or the Sublime Society was a dining club which, in 1834, met at the Bedford Coffee House, where members would dine on steak and potatoes and drank port. Members were required to wear a uniform of a blue coat with a buff waistcoat with brass buttons. The member depicted also wears a gridiron medal, the gridiron being the symbol of the club. An empty bottle and a corkscrew are on the table.
[Ref: 42046]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Costume. Chinese. Malabar Coast Hindoos. Persian's Travelling.
Costume. Chinese. Malabar Coast Hindoos. Persian's Travelling.
M.W. Sharp del. Tomlinson Sculp.t
Published by Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1810.
Engraving. 268 x 203mm (10½ x 8"). Trimmed
Three images that depict Asian scenes: Chinese costume with Chinese junk behind; Hindu ladies and gentelmen recline, a temple in the background; and Persian's travelling by elephant.
[Ref: 52378]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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One of the Select Vestry!!! Parish Characters in Ten Plates by Paul Pry Esq.r----Pl 7.
One of the Select Vestry!!! Parish Characters in Ten Plates by Paul Pry Esq.r----Pl 7.
[Paul Pry emblem] Esq. [by Sharpshooter?]
Pub June 12 1829 by T McLEan 26 Haymarket sold Publisher of P. Prys Caricatures none are original without T McLeans name.
Hand-coloured etching with large margins; paper watermarked: J Whatman 1829. Plate 349 x 250mm (13¾ x 10"). Some toning; water stain lower right.
A grotesque Lady Conyngham, wearing a (red) jacket with fur collar and a front panel of heavily frogged and braided with gold lace, with the Garter star and the Order of the Golden Fleece (i.e. the King's coat and Orders). Reference to the Select Vestry, who reputedly feathered their nests at public expense. One of a set of 'Parish Characters', all with an imitation of William Heath's signature and seemingly ante-dated to conceal piracy.
BM Satires: 15789.
[Ref: 30500]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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Tho.s Cribb.
Tho.s Cribb.
Eng.d by Percy Roberts from a painting by Sharples.
Published by Sherwood, Jones & Co, May 1. 1824.
Stipple. Sheet size: 205 x 135mm (8 x 5¼"). Trimmed inside platemark.
A bust portrait of English bare-knuckle boxer of the 19th century Tom Cribb (1781 - 1848), directed to the left, facing the front, with his left fist raised in front of him. On 10th December 1810, Cribb fought an American, former slave Tom Molineaux, at Shenington Hollow in Oxfordshire. Cribb beat Molineaux in 35 rounds and became World champion.
[Ref: 50252]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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The Female Politician.
The Female Politician.
M.W. Sharp Pinx.t. W. Ward Jun.r Sc.t. Eng.r to H.R.H. the Duke of Clarence.
London, Published May 1. 1826 by W.J. Wright, 14 Brownlow Street, Holborn.
Mezzotint with very large margins.. 340 x 250mm (13½ x 9¾") Some spotting
An elderly lady with glasses, reading the 'John Bull' newspaper of December 1825, throwing her hand up in horror. A tea pot and cup sit with a book on the table to her left. 'John Bull' was a London Sunday newspaper established by Theodore Hook in 1820 with the help of Sir Walter Scott. He edited the paper, which was patriotic and anti-Whig, for 21 years, during which time it was described as 'scurrilous, scandalous, but irresistibly facetious'.
Ex collection of The Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36582]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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Edw.d Garner Esq.r.  Commander of his Majesty's Sloop Fly.
Edw.d Garner Esq.r. Commander of his Majesty's Sloop Fly.
Sharples Pinxit. A. Albanesi Sculp.t.
Published as the Act directs, Jan.y 1, 1780, by John Harris, No.3 Sweetings Alley, Cornhill.
Stipple in oval, 6½ x 5½
Parker p17.
[Ref: 5494]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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The Frosty Morning. [&] At Fault. [&] Love at First Sight. [&] The Glow-Worm.
The Frosty Morning. [&] At Fault. [&] Love at First Sight. [&] The Glow-Worm.
Painted by W.Sharp. [also M.W.Sharpe pinx.t.] Engraved by C.Turner [also H.Dawe & A.Huffman.]
London: Published Aug.t 1825 [Nov. 1st & Nov 25th, 1825, and Aug.st 1826], by W.J. White, 14, Brownlow Street, Holborn.
Set of four mezzotints. Each 340 x 255mm (13½ x 10").
Men shaving, eating, smoking and nursing a hangover. After Michael William Sharp.
[Ref: 50335]   £650.00   view all images for this item
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Tom Hickman.
Tom Hickman.
Drawn by G. Sharples. Eng.d by Percy Roberts.
[n.d. c.1823.]
Stipple and etching with large margins. Plate 190 x 140mm (7½ x 5½").
Tom Hickman (1785-1822), boxer. In 1821 he was said to have engaged in a fight with Bill Neate. Hickman was a controversial fighter, dubbed 'the gas-light man', because he had been to London to construct the boilers and restorts of the new gas light factories. Plate to Pierce Egan's 'Boxiana'.
For Egan's 'Boxiana' see ref. 23818.
[Ref: 29568]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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[A masquerade scene Kensington Gardens.] Jack on a Cruise. A Missey in ye Offing.
[A masquerade scene Kensington Gardens.] Jack on a Cruise. A Missey in ye Offing.
Sam: Sharp-Eye del.t ad vivam. J. Bretherton fec.t.
[Publish'd as the Act directs 2d July 1772, by J. Bretherton N° 134 New Bond Street.]
Etching. Sheet 210 x 185mm (8¼ x 7¼"). Trimmed, losing title and publisher's line.
A figure, wearing a woman's hood and cloak over very voluminous skirts but with a sailor's trousers bow legs, bears down on an unsuspecting young woman. A dog barks at the disguised sailor.
BM Satires 5083, suggesting the artist was Bunbury.
[Ref: 41779]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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The Oblique Arch in the viaduct on the London & Birmingham Railway at Watford, Herts.
The Oblique Arch in the viaduct on the London & Birmingham Railway at Watford, Herts. Dedicated by permision to G W Buck, Esq.r Engineer.
Drawn & Lithographed by W.m Sharp, Sen.r
[n.d., c.1840.]
Rare & fine coloured lithograph. Sheet 320 x 435mm (12½ x 17"). Slight mount burn.
The Bushy Arches, Watford, on the London to Birmingham Railway soon after the opening in 1838.
[Ref: 53000]   £450.00  
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Married To Morrow!!!
Married To Morrow!!! NonSuited.
M.W. Sharp, Pinx.t. W. Ward, Jun.r Sc.t Engraver to H.R.H. the Duke of Clarence.
London, Published Nov.r 1, 1825, by W. J. White, 14, Brownlow Street, Holborn. A Paris, chez Chaillon Potrelle Editeur, M.d Estampes, Rue St. Honoré, No. 140.
Mezzotint with large margins, very rare. Platemark: 335 x 260mm (13¼ x 10¼"). Light rubbing to surface. Light creases at top left margins.
An interior scene depicting a young curate sitting at table, with the remnants of a meal in front of him, clutching at his hair in horror as he reads a letter, held out in right hand, on which is written, 'Dear Harry Can you believe it Eliza - your constant Eliza is to be married to morrow!! Yours truly MW Sharp'.
Ex collection Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36555]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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General Miller
General Miller
Sharpe pinxt. C. Turner sculpt.
Londres, Publicado 1829 por Londman y C.ia.
Mezzotint, scarce; sheet 215 x 140mm (8½ x 5½"). Trimmed as issued; paper tone.
William Miller (1795-1861), army officer, who served in the Peninsular Wars, America, and in the struggle for Chilean independence. He became a close friend of Simón Bolívar and repeatedly distinguished himself in Chile and Peru before returning to Europe in 1826. The Spanish-language publication line on this print suggests that although produced in London it was distributed to capitalise on Miller's celebrity in South America (it was also used to illustrate Miller's 'Memoirs').Miller later returned to Peru and was made British consul-general in the Pacific, dying in Callao where he spent much of his time.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 33984]   £270.00   (£324.00 incl.VAT)
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A Patriotic Toast.
A Patriotic Toast.
A. Sharpshooter Fect.
Pub. Feb 25, by S. Gans, 15 Southampton St. Strand.
Hand-coloured etching with a 1829 watermark. Plate: 255 x 370mm (10 x 14½"). Surface dirt in margins and repaired tears in edges.
Wellington, Peel, Lyndhurst, and Scarlett toast as they display indifference to the distress agricultural and industrial workers alluded to in the King's Speech of 1830.
BM Satire: 16044.
[Ref: 43637]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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The Rev.d Sydney Smith.
The Rev.d Sydney Smith.
Drawn on Stone by W. Sharp from the original Drawing by John Hayter [c.1830]
Lithograph on india, sheet 495 x 310mm (19½ x 12¼") Trimmed;
Sydney Smith (1771-1845), author and wit, an important contributor to the growth of libertarian thought in England, and (as G.K. Chesterton pointed out) the inventor of nonsense.
O'D 2
[Ref: 46509]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Joanna Southcott. Isaiah Ch. LXV & LXVI. Jan.y 1812.
Joanna Southcott. Isaiah Ch. LXV & LXVI. Jan.y 1812.
Drawn and Engraved from life by W.m Sharp.
Published by Jane Townley London. Published according to Act of Parliament Jan.y 12.th 1812 by Jane Townley London.
Engraving, large paper. Plate 355 x 300mm. 14 x 11¾". Uncut.
Joanna Southcott [1750-1814] charismatic religious leader, produced sixty-five or more printed tracts (amounting to 4,500 pages) and many works in manuscript during the first thirteen years of the nineteenth century. These, she maintained, were dictated to her by the Spirit of God. Joanna Southcott was an 18th century English religious visionary. Born into a small Devonshire farming family she spent her earlier years in domestic service. Regarded by her family as being 'too religious' she joined the Methodist movement in Exeter in 1791 and in the following year of 1792 began to claim the gift of prophecy, taking up the practice of writing down her revelations and then sealing them for verification after the predicted event had happened. Her claims were not well received by her Methodist congregation and by the end of the year she had broken with them. For the next six years she sought attention from the Church authorities to verify her claims but to no real avail. However in 1801 she began publishing her claims with her first work being 'The Strange Effects of Faith' printed by T. Brice of Exeter, which invited "any twelve ministers" to "try" her claims. She began to attract followers, especially from former adherents of fellow visionary Richard Brothers, and in 1802 she settled in London. From London she began touring the country giving lectures and holding meetings of her faithful where sealed testaments of salvation were given out. She continued writing prophecies and her followers conducted public trials of them as well as continuing to publish them for a wider dissemination, all attracting the attention of the press. In her third 'Book of Wonders' (1813-1814) she announced that, aged 64, she was to become the mother of Shiloh, an obscure messianic figure mentioned in Genesis. However, although displaying some of the outward signs of pregnancy, she became increasingly ill, and died, probably of a brain disease, on the 29th of December, four days after she had predicted the birth that never came. According to her instructions her body was dissected four days after her death and no signs of pregnancy were found. Nonetheless many of her followers continued to study the 60 or more tracts and books of her writings and the sect only died out at the end of the 19th century. At its height her following was said to have numbered over 100,000 but a more realistic figure of 20,000 has been given by modern commentators. After her death she left a locked box with instructions that it should only be opened in the presence of 24 bishops and at a time of national crisis. Apart from the prophetic and messianic overtones her theological stance was Anglican orthodox and she was instrumental in the rapid decline of Richard Brothers' popularity, as she openly declared him a blasphemer and a heretic and in doing so split his own following.
See Ref: 13594 for proof before title. See Baker: 60; undescribed state ["William Sharp Engraver"].
[Ref: 21013]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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