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The Great Seal of King Charles II.d.
The Great Seal of King Charles II.d. At the Restoration of the King / all the proper Seals were new made / for the King and the Government by T Simon
[George Vertue after Thomas Simon.]
[London: George Vertue, c.1753.]
Engraving, sheet 210 x 150mm (8½ x 6"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet.
The great seal of Charles II, designed c.1662 by medallist and seal-engraver Thomas Simon (bap.1618-d.1665). Illustration to a volume of engravings (1753) made after Simon's designs, engraved and published by George Vertue. Following the execution of Charles I, Simon was appointed chief engraver, making many seals for public service during the interregnum. At the restoration he petitioned Charles II for the role of chief engraver but it was given to Thomas Rawlins, who had held the position under Charles I. Shortly after, however, he was given the office of one of the gravers of the king's arms, shields and stamps. It was at this time that he prepared the great seal of Charles II, with a view of London in background. Vertue was instructed by Parliament to produce this account of Simon's work, marking national recognition for his work at the mint.
See Alexander 978-1016 (individual plates not listed)
[Ref: 43087]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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The Great-Seal of the Common-Wealth of England. done by T. Simon.
The Great-Seal of the Common-Wealth of England. done by T. Simon. This Plate Engrav'd from a Curious Proof Impression in Wax, in the Collection of the Rt. Honble (the late) Earl of Oxford, now in Possession of the most noble Margaret-Cavendish, Dutchess of Portland, is most humbly Inscribed to her Grace by her most Obedient Servant G. Vertue 1744.
[London: George Vertue, c.1753.]
Engraving, sheet 215 x 150mm (9 x 6"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet.
The second great seal of the Commonwealth, showing parliament in session, designed by medallist and seal-engraver Thomas Simon (bap.1618-d.1665). Illustration to a volume of engravings (1753) made after Simon's designs, engraved and published by George Vertue. Following the execution of Charles I, Simon was appointed chief engraver by the parliamentarians, and designed a seal within a week of the execution. This was supposedly not very hard-wearing, and in 1651 the Rump ordered its replacement, similar except for the new date (as shown here). Simon made many seals for public service during the interregnum, before being appointed to the office of one of gravers of the king's arms, shields and stamps at the restoration. Vertue was instructed by Parliament to produce this account of Simon's work, marking national recognition for his work at the mint.
See Alexander 978-1016 (individual plates not listed); see Sean Kelsey, 'Inventing a Republic', p.94.
[Ref: 43098]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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Reverse of the Lord Protector's Great Seal, made by T. Simon.
Reverse of the Lord Protector's Great Seal, made by T. Simon. These Armes are Quarterly, the Cross of England, the Saltier Cross for Scotland, and the Harp for Ireland. The Inescochion being the Family Armest of Cromwell.
GVertue f.
[London: George Vertue, c.1753.]
Engraving, sheet 215 x 150mm (9 x 6"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet.
The heraldic arms of the Cromwell family: reverse of portrait coinage of Oliver Cromwell, designed by medallist and seal-engraver Thomas Simon (bap.1618-d.1665). Illustration to a volume of engravings (1753) made after Simon's designs, engraved and published by George Vertue. Following the execution of Charles I, Simon was appointed chief engraver by the parliamentarians, and made many seals for public service during the interregnum, before being appointed to the office of one of gravers of the king's arms, shields and stamps at the restoration. The portrait coinage of Cromwell was ordered from Simon by the council of Whitehall in 1656, and struck on the press of Pierre Blondeau. Vertue was instructed by Parliament to produce this account of Simon's work, marking national recognition for his work at the mint.
Alexander 978
[Ref: 43094]   £80.00   (£96.00 incl.VAT)
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The Great-Seal for Scotland.
The Great-Seal for Scotland. being made during the Government of the Lord Protector. Oliver Cromwell 1656.
GVertue s.
[London: George Vertue, c.1753.]
Engraving, sheet 225 x 160mm (10 x 6½"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet.
Portrait coinage showing the Lord Protector on horseback with the heraldic arms of the Cromwell family on the reverse, designed by medallist and seal-engraver Thomas Simon (bap.1618-d.1665) with battle scene in background. Illustration to a volume of engravings (1753) made after Simon's designs, engraved and published by George Vertue. Following the execution of Charles I, Simon was appointed chief engraver by the parliamentarians, and made many seals for public service during the interregnum, before being appointed to the office of one of gravers of the king's arms, shields and stamps at the restoration. The portrait coinage of Cromwell was ordered from Simon by the council of Whitehall in 1656, and struck on the press of Pierre Blondeau. Vertue was instructed by Parliament to produce this account of Simon's work, marking national recognition for his work at the mint.
See Alexander 978-1016 (individual plates not listed).
[Ref: 43097]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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The Great Seale for the Lord High Admiral James Duke of York Brother of King Charles 2.d.
The Great Seale for the Lord High Admiral James Duke of York Brother of King Charles 2.d.
T. Simon G. Vertue del sculp.
[London: George Vertue, c.1753.]
Engraving, sheet 215 x 155mm (9 x 6"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet.
The seal of James, duke of York (subsequently James II) designed by medallist and seal-engraver Thomas Simon (bap.1618-d.1665). Illustration to a volume of engravings (1753) made after Simon's designs, engraved and published by George Vertue. Following the execution of Charles I, Simon was appointed chief engraver, making many seals for public service during the interregnum. At the restoration he petitioned Charles II for the role of chief engraver but it was given to Thomas Rawlins, who had held the position under Charles I. Shortly after, however, he was given the office of one of the gravers of the king's arms, shields and stamps. Vertue was instructed by Parliament to produce this account of Simon's work, marking national recognition for his work at the mint.
See Alexander 978-1016 (individual plates not listed)
[Ref: 43090]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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The Seal of Katherine Queen of England
The Seal of Katherine Queen of England Infanta of Portugal Married to K. Charles 2d May 1662
GVertue
[London: George Vertue, c.1753.]
Engraving, sheet 230 x 140mm (9½ x 5½"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet.
The seal of Catherine of Braganza, queen of Charles II, designed c.1661 by medallist and seal-engraver Thomas Simon (bap.1618-d.1665). Illustration to a volume of engravings (1753) made after Simon's designs, engraved and published by George Vertue. Following the execution of Charles I, Simon was appointed chief engraver, making many seals for public service during the interregnum. At the restoration he petitioned Charles II for the role of chief engraver but it was given to Thomas Rawlins, who had held the position under Charles I. Shortly after, however, he was given the office of one of the gravers of the king's arms, shields and stamps. It was at this time that he prepared this seal. Vertue was instructed by Parliament to produce this account of Simon's work, marking national recognition for his work at the mint.
See Alexander 978-1016 (individual plates not listed)
[Ref: 43089]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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The Seal for the Office of the Lord Privy Seal
The Seal for the Office of the Lord Privy Seal
G.Ver[tue]
[London: George Vertue, c.1753.]
Engraving, sheet 210 x 140mm (8½ x 5½"). Trimmed, losing text; tipped into album sheet.
The great privy seal, designed c.1661 by medallist and seal-engraver Thomas Simon (bap.1618-d.1665). Illustration to a volume of engravings (1753) made after Simon's designs, engraved and published by George Vertue. Following the execution of Charles I, Simon was appointed chief engraver, making many seals for public service during the interregnum. At the restoration he petitioned Charles II for the role of chief engraver but it was given to Thomas Rawlins, who had held the position under Charles I. Shortly after, however, he was given the office of one of the gravers of the king's arms, shields and stamps. It was at this time that he prepared the great privy seal. Vertue was instructed by Parliament to produce this account of Simon's work, marking national recognition for his work at the mint.
See Alexander 978-1016 (individual plates not listed)
[Ref: 43088]   £80.00   (£96.00 incl.VAT)
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The Parliament Seale.
The Parliament Seale. After the removal of Richard the Lord Protector this Great Seale of the Common Wealth was order'd by Parliament to be used Ao 1659 and to be exactly like that made by order of Parliament 1651
GVertue
[London: George Vertue, c.1753.]
Engraving, 18th century watermark; sheet 220 x 150mm (9 x 6"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet.
Seal showing Parliament in session, designed by medallist and seal-engraver Thomas Simon (bap.1618-d.1665). Illustration to a volume of engravings (1753) made after Simon's designs, engraved and published by George Vertue. Following the execution of Charles I, Simon was appointed chief engraver by the parliamentarians, and designed a seal for them within a week of the execution. This was supposedly not very hard-wearing, and in 1651 the Rump ordered its replacement, similar except for the new date, which was again replaced in 1659 (shown here). Simon made many seals for public service during the interregnum, before being appointed to the office of one of gravers of the king's arms, shields and stamps at the restoration. Vertue was instructed by Parliament to produce this account of Simon's work, marking national recognition for his work at the mint.
See Alexander 978-1016 (individual plates not listed); see Sean Kelsey, 'Inventing a Republic', p.94.
[Ref: 43093]   £80.00   (£96.00 incl.VAT)
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Ioannes Thurloe.
Ioannes Thurloe. From a Gold Medal in the possession of Dr. Mead.
GVertue in.s.
[n.d. c.1760.]
Etching. Plate 101 x 197mm. 4 x 7¾".
Portrait of John Thurloe, after a medal by Abraham and Thomas Simon; medallion suspended from ruined obelisk, emblematic objects, with a fleet of ships and to right, the Banqueting House, Whitehall. John Thurloe (1616-1668) Secretary of State to Cromwell from 1653 and from 1656 he was also Chief Postmaster of England. At the Restoration he was accused of high treason, but out of regard to his personal abilities he was allowed his liberty.
Alexander: 830.
[Ref: 24244]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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