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Poems on the Abolition of the Slave Trade;
Poems on the Abolition of the Slave Trade; Written by James Montgomery, James Grahame, and E. Benger. Embellished with Engravings from Pictures Painted by R. Smirke, Esq. R.A.
London: Printed for R.Bowyer, the Proprietor, No 80, Pall Mall, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street. 1809.
4to, original full diced calf gilt, spine rubbed and chipped at foot, inner hinges strained, marbled endpapers; engr. title, half title, 3 frontis. portraits; pp. (xiv)+ii+141, 9 stipple plates with tissue guards. Some foxing.
Three poems to celebrate the banning of the slave trade by Britain in 1805: Montgomery's 'The West Indies', Grahame's 'Africa Delivered'; and Elizabeth Benger's 'A Poem, Occasioned by the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1806'. The titlepage contains a roundell vignette of Prometheus being rescued by Hercules; the three medallion portraits are of the leading abolitionists Sharp, Clarkson and Wilberforce; and the nine plates show various scenes of the evils of the slave trade.
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The Humanity of General Amherst
The Humanity of General Amherst
Smirke del. P. Audinet sculp.
Published by Henry Fisher, Caxton, London, 1824
Engraving, platemark 290 x 175mm (11½ x 7") large margins.
General Amherst standing outside a British fort, gesturing towards a basket at right in offering to begging figures at left, a Native American soldier standing behind at right. In fact Amherst's career in North America and Canada was clouded by failures in relations with native Americans. Illustration to Camden's 'History of England' (this plate first published by J. Stratford in 1811), engraved after a design by Robert Smirke (1753-1845), painter and illustrator, who specialised in literary themes. Smirke depicted a great number of Shakespearean subjects and provided illustrations for literary and historical texts such as Hume's 'History of England', Dr Johnson's 'Rasselas', the 'Arabian Nights', and 'Don Quixote'.
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Shakspeare.  As You Like It   Act II, Scene VII,  The Seven Ages.  Seventh Age.
Shakspeare. As You Like It Act II, Scene VII, The Seven Ages. Seventh Age.
Painted by R. Smirke R.A. Engraved by I.P. Simon.
Pub. June 4. 1801, by J. & J. Boydell, at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall; & at No. 90, Cheapside, London.
Stipple, final state, 455 x 545mm. 18 x 21½". Trace of crease through image.
An old man dozes in a chair by the hearth on the right, a woman sitting on the left, resting her head against the back of her chair and watching a little boy, who sits on the floor in front of her, dismayed as his house of cards collapses. Paintings on the walls behind: a view of ruins, the Last Day, a jester enthroned and blowing bubbles, sages either side and cherubs playing with the bubbles. Two lines of quotations either side of title. After Robert Smirke (1752 - 1845) for a series of scenes from Shakespeare plays after paintings in Boydell's 'Shakespeare Gallery', which opened in 1789 in Pall Mall.
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Shakespeare. As you like it. Act II. Scene VII. The Seven Ages. First Age. Jaq. At first the Infant Mewling & puking in the nurse's arms. [&] Second Age. Jaq. And then, the whining school-boy, with his satchel, And shining morning face, Creeping like
Shakespeare. As you like it. Act II. Scene VII. The Seven Ages. First Age. Jaq. At first the Infant Mewling & puking in the nurse's arms. [&] Second Age. Jaq. And then, the whining school-boy, with his satchel, And shining morning face, Creeping like snail unwillingly to school. [&] Third Age. Jaq.___And then, the lover; Sighin like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eye-brow. [&] Fourth Age. Jaq.___Then a Soldier; Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel: Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannons mouth. [&] Fifth Age. Jaq.___And then, the justice In fair round belly, with good capon lin'd, With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances, And so he plays his part. [&] Sixth Age. Jaq.___The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloo; With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side; His youthful hose well sav'd, a world too wide For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice Turning again toward childish treble, pipes and Whistles in his sound: [&] Seventh Age. Jaq.___Las scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history. Is second childishness, and mere oblivion; Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
Painted by R. Smirke, R.A. Engraved by P.W. Tomkins. Hist.l Engraver to Her Majesty. [&] by I. Ogborn. [&] by R. Thew, Hist.l Engraver to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. [&] by J. Ogborn. [&] by I.P. Simon. [&] by W. Leney. [&] by I.P. Simon.
Pubd. June 4, 1801, by J & J Boydell, at the Shakespeare Gallery, Pall Mall; &No. 90, Cheapside, London.
A set of seven stipples. Plate 457 x 541mm (18 x 21¼").
Seven plates illustrating the famous soliloquy by Jaques in Shakespeare's 'As You Like it', in which he described the Seven Ages of Man, from infancy to old age.
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To the Right Hon.ble the Earl of Stamford, President, The Right Hon.ble Lord Beauchamp, M.P.
To the Right Hon.ble the Earl of Stamford, President, The Right Hon.ble Lord Beauchamp, M.P. The Right Hon.ble Lord Willoughby de Broke, &c. Vice Presidents, The Stewards & Directors of the Humane Society, This Print of the Body of a Young Man taken out of the Water apparently dead in the sight of his distressed Parents, Is most respectfully Dedicated, by their obliged Humble Servant Robert Pollard.
Painted by Rob.t Smirke. Engraved by Rob.t Pollard.
London, Published March 26th 1787, by R. Pollard Engraver, No 15. Braynes Row, Spa Fields.
Etching and engraving. 495 x 630mm (19¾ x 24¾"). Thread margins, a few small tears, heavy crease through title.
A boy being dragged to the side of a river by men in the water and in a punt, as his mother faints on the river bank. Alongside its pair, 'The Young Man restored to Life', this print was published to raise awareness of the Royal Humane Society, a charity founded in 1774 as 'the Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned' to provide life-saving and resusitation services and training. Although the society is still active it has forsaken the 'tobacco smoke enemas' practiced by its founder, William Hawes M.D. (1736-1808)
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Britannia.
Britannia.
Drawn by R. Smirke, R.A. Engraved by J. Neagle.
London, Published 1.st Nov.r 1805 by W. Byrne, Titchfield Street, and T. Cadell and W. Davies, Strand.
Etching and engraving, small margins. Plate 228 x 285mm (9 x 11¼").
Britannia enthroned in centre with lions at either side and four allegorical figures surrounding, including angel at right; frame surrounding. The drawing for this print is in the Smirke album in the National Gallery of Scotland (no. 125).
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Britannia.
Britannia.
Drawn by R. Smirke, R.A. Engraved by J. Neagle.
London, Published 1.st Nov.r 1805 by W. Byrne, Titchfield Street, and T. Cadell and W. Davies, Strand.
Etching and engraving, small margins. Plate 228 x 285mm (9 x 11¼").
Britannia enthroned in centre with lions at either side and four allegorical figures surrounding, including angel at right; frame surrounding. The drawing for this print is in the Smirke album in the National Gallery of Scotland (no. 125).
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Commemoration of the XI.thOctober MDCCXCVII.
Commemoration of the XI.thOctober MDCCXCVII. Proof.
R.Smirke R.A.delin.t. The Portraits Engraved by Geo. Noble from the Original Miniatures by John Smart Esq.r. I Parker sculpt.
London Pub. by R.Bowyer & Iohn Edwards F.S.A.Historic Gallery.Pall Mall 1803.
Engraving. 730 x 480mm (28¾ x 19"), with large margins.
At allegorical commemoration of the Battle of Camperdown, 11 October 1797, in which the Royal Navy beat the Dutch, with roundel portaits of the victorious Admiral Adam Duncan and seventeen of his officers, including Admiral Richard Onslow, and Captains Henry Trollope and William Bligh.
Parker:126.
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Commemoration Of The Victory Of June 1st.  MDCCXCIV
Commemoration Of The Victory Of June 1st. MDCCXCIV
R.Smirke, R.A.Delt. - The Figures Engraved by F.Bartolozzi, R.A. Landscape & Water Engd.by Landseer. Portraits of the Admls.Engd.by Ryder. - Portraits of the Capt.Engd.by Stow.
Pub, by R.Bowyer,1802. Historic Gallery, Pall Mall.
Line engraving. Plate 800 x 424mm. Proof, large sheet.
Britania overlooks the battle from a headland where an oak carries the portraits of Howe, Bridport, Paisley, Bowyer, Gardner, Caldwell, Graves - underneath are the portraits of Montague, Pigott, Mackenzie, Pringle, Curtis, H. Harvey, Parker, J. Harvey, Molloy, Bazeley, Gambier, H. Seymour, Cotton, Pakenham, Collingwood, Douglass, Duckworth, Payne, Berkeley, Bertie, Domett, Hutt, Nicols, Westcott, Schomberg, Elphinstone, Hope. The Glorious First of June (also known as the Third Battle of Ushant and in French as the Bataille du 13 prairial an 2) was a naval battle fought in the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 1794 between the Royal Navy and the navy of Revolutionary France. It was the first major naval battle of the French Revolutionary Wars. On the 1st of June and at about a quarter past eight Howe bore down on the French, throwing his whole line on them at once from end to end, with orders to pass through from windward to leeward, and so to place the British ships on the French ships' line of retreat. It was a bold departure from the then established methods of fighting, and most honourable in a man of sixty-eight, who had been trained in the old school. Its essential merit was that it produced a close mêlée, in which the better average gunnery and seamanship of the British fleet would tell. Lord Howe's orders were not fully obeyed by all his captains, but a signal victory was won. The battle rapidly turned into a general mêlée which lasted all day. The French ships Sans-Pareil, Juste, America, Impétueux, Northumberland, and Achille were taken, and the Vengeur du Peuple sank after a four-hour duel with HMS Brunswick. When the French withdrew, many of the British ships were in no condition to pursue: Defence and Marlborough were completely dismasted and had to be towed back to port.
Parker:102
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[Concert Ticket, held at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster.]
[Concert Ticket, held at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster.]
Smirke Invt. F. Bartolozzi sculp.
[n.d. c.1792.]
Engraving and etching, scarce proof. Plate 217 x 185mm 8½ x 7¼". Trimmed close to the plate. Light foxing.
St Cecilia is seated playing at an organ, with two winged figures standing looking over her. The relief below depicts Charity and three children, with a lion and a unicorn to either side.
De Vesme: 1948; v/v. See Ref 16047 for earlier state in red/brown ink & 20503 for earlier state.
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[Concert ticket. held at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster.]
[Concert ticket. held at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster.]
[F. Bartolozzi.]
[c.1792.]
Engraved ticket to a concert at St Margaret's Church, Westminster; proof before all letters, printed in red/brown ink. Plate 222 x 190mm, 8¾ x 7½". Laid to backing sheet, few repairs.
St. Cecilia seated playing the organ; on the left, two winged figures standing; in an oval. Below, a block of low-relief which depicts Charity and three children; a lion and a unicorn on either side. Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and of Church music. It is said that this came about because she sang to God as she was dying. After Robert Smirke (1752 - 1845) by Francesco Bartolozzi (1728 - 1815).
De Vesme: 1948; iii/v. See Ref 20503 for earlier state & 21215 for later state.
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Conjugal Affection. From the Original Picture presented to the City by Ald.n Boydell.
Conjugal Affection. From the Original Picture presented to the City by Ald.n Boydell. To Their Most Excellent Majesties King George III & Queen Charlotte. This Print is most humbly Dedicated by their most Dutiful and Loyal Subject Jn.o Boydell.
Painted by Rob.t Smirke R.A. Engraved by Rob.t Thew, Hist. Engraver to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
Pub. Sept. 29, 1799 by J. & J. Boydell, No. 90 Cheaside. And at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, London.
Coloured stipple. 500 x 635mm (19¾ x 25"). Trimmed to plate at bottom. Slight stain on right.
An affluent family in a room filled with paintings, surrounded by pets. Through the window is a bridge over a river, probably London, with dock workers unloading goods, suggestive of the source of the family's wealth. An interesting representation of late Georgian family life.
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The attempt to Assassinate the King.
The attempt to Assassinate the King. On the second of August 1786, Margaret Nicholson, under the pretence of presenting a Petition, attempted to stab his Majesty as he was alighting from his Chariot at the garden entrance to St James's Palace...
Painted by Rob.t Smirke. Aquatinta by F. Jukes. Engraved by Rob.t Pollard.
London, Publish'd Oct.r 9, 1786 by R. Pollard, Engraver. No 7, Brayne's Row, Spa Fields.
Rare aquatint. 450 x 560mm (17¾ x 22"). Trimmed to plate, repaired tears.
Margaret Nicholson (c. 1750-1828) attempted to stab George III with an ivory-handled dessert knife. Clearly delusional (she claimed to be rightful heir to the throne and to be the mother of both Lords Mansfield and Loughborough, who were much older than her), she spent the rest of her life in Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam). This plate was published just two months after the event.
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To His Royal Highness George Prince of Wales. The Plate Representing a Meeting of The Society of Royal British Archers In Gwersyllt Park Denbighshire
To His Royal Highness George Prince of Wales. The Plate Representing a Meeting of The Society of Royal British Archers In Gwersyllt Park Denbighshire Is by Permission Most Respectfully Dedicated to his Royal Highness's most obedient and devoted humble Servant John Emes.
The Figures drawn by R. Smirke R.A. The Landscape by J. Emes. The Aqua-Tinta by C. Apostol.
Published as the Act directs April 1, 1794 by J. Emes, No. 1 North Street, Upper Charlotte Street, London.
Aquatint, scarce. Sheet: 610 x 480mm (24 x 19"). Trimmed within plate and laid on paper
A scene showing a meeeting of the Society of British Bowmen, a group started up by Sir Foster in 1787, it gained Royal patronage and the Prince of Wales presented a prize each year. The scene shows a lady taking aim at a target, several other women with bows gather around her, women, men, children and their dogs watch from the side-lines.
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The Dead Shall Live. The Living Die.
The Dead Shall Live. The Living Die. Handel. May 29 Messiah.
R: Smirk pinx.t F. Haward sculp.t R.A,
[n.d. c.1750.]
Stipple. 202 x 145mm. 8 x 5¾". Trimmed inside platemark, slight staining.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) German-born composer 'Naturalised' as a British subject in 1726 whose works include the English oratorio Messiah and the orchestral Water Music. He is buried in Westminster Abbey. The Messiah is possibly one the most poplar works in the Western choral literature. It was composed in 1741, and premiered in Dublin in 1742. It didn't reach ists final state, and the most familiar version, until the performance to benefit the Foundling Hosptial in 1754.
From the Collection of J.S. Bumpus.
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The Dead Shall Live. The Living Die.
The Dead Shall Live. The Living Die. Handel. May 29 Messiah.
R: Smirk pinx.t F. Haward sculp.t R.A,
Publish'd 19 May 1749.
Stipple. 249 x 190mm (9¾ x 7½").
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) German-born composer 'Naturalised' as a British subject in 1726 whose works include the English oratorio Messiah and the orchestral Water Music. He is buried in Westminster Abbey. The Messiah is possibly one the most poplar works in the Western choral literature. It was composed in 1741, and premiered in Dublin in 1742. It didn't reach ists final state, and the most familiar version, until the performance to benefit the Foundling Hosptial in 1754.
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[Ticket] Ball at Ranelagh
[Ticket] Ball at Ranelagh June I, MDCCCIII. No Gentleman will be admitted unless in Full Dress.
R. Smirke, R.A. del._ A. Raimbach, sculp._
[London, 1803.]
Used ball ticket, engraving on J. Whatman watermarked paper, sheet 180 x 155mm. 7 x 6". Trimmed within plate; two horizontal fold creases.
Unusual ticket for the Regatta Ball held at the Ranelagh Rotunda in Ranelagh Gardens, adjoining Wren's Chelsea Pensioner's Hospital. The design features a classical female figure and winged putti seated behind the shield he holds lower right. The pleasure gardens became popular as a place to escape the city and take in the cleaner air in Chelsea. Balls, concerts, dinners and of course gossip were shared here almost daily. It quickly exceeded Vauxhall in popularity, but it's popularity waned until the season of 1804 when the fashionable set abandoned it entirely. Annotated 'Admiral: Whitshed/ Heny: Harvey' in ink to verso. Sir James Hawkins Whitshed (1762 - 1849) served under Sir John Jervis (afterwards Earl St. Vincent) in the battle of Cape St. Vincent. Whitshed married, in 1791, Sophia Henrietta, daughter of Captain John Albert Bentinck of the navy (see item 18134), and had two sons and four daughters. Admiral Sir Henry Harvey (1743 - 1810) was a long-serving officer of the Royal Navy during the second half of the 18th century. He participated in numerous naval operations and actions and especially distinguished himself at the Glorious First of June in command of HMS Ramillies. Blindstamp upper left. After Robert Smirke (1752 - 1845).
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To the Right Hon.blr the Earl of Stamford, President, The Right Hon.ble Lord Beauchamp, M.P. The Right Hon.ble Lord Willoughby de Broke, &c. Vice Presidents, the Stewards & Director of the Humane Society. This Print of the Body of a Young Man taken out of
To the Right Hon.blr the Earl of Stamford, President, The Right Hon.ble Lord Beauchamp, M.P. The Right Hon.ble Lord Willoughby de Broke, &c. Vice Presidents, the Stewards & Director of the Humane Society. This Print of the Body of a Young Man taken out of the Water apparently dead in the fight of his distressed Parents, Is most respectfully Dedicated, by their obliged Humble Servant. Robert Pollard. Corps d’un Jeune-Homme Retiré de l’Eau, Mort en Apparence, a la vue de ses inconsolables Parens. Dedié au très Honorable le Comte de Stamford, Président de la Société de l’Humanité : ainsi qu’au très Honorable Lord Beauchamp, au très Honorable Lord Willoughby de Broke &c. Vice-Présidents, & aux Administrateurs & Directeurs de la dite Société. Par leur très humble & très obligé Serviteur. Robert Pollard. [&] To the King’s most excellent Majesty, Patron _ The President, Vice Presidents, _ The Stewards & Directors of the Humane Society; This Print of The Young Man restored to Life Is most humbly Dedicated, by his Majesty’s Dutiful Subject & Servant, Robert Pollard. NB. This Society was instituted in the Year 1774, and in the space of 13 Years, has restored 897 Person to their Friends & the Public. Le Meme Jeune-Homme Rendu a la Vie. Trés humblement Dédié au Roi Protecteur de la Societe de l’Humanité ainsi qu’aux Président, Vice Présidents, Administrateurs & Directeurs de la dite Société, Par de sa très excellente Majesté. Le très humble, très obeissant & très-soumis Serviteur & Sujet, Rob.t Pollard. NB. Cette Société a été instituée en l’Année 1774 : et dans l’espace de 13 Ans, a rendu 897 Personnes à leurs Parents & au Public. [Under image:] Dr. Lettsom, the Person introducing the Mother. Dr. Harris, sitting on the Bed supporting the Young man.
Painted by Rob.t Smirke. Engravd by Rob.t Pollard.
London: Published 26th. March 1787, by R. Pollard, Engraver No.15 Brayne's Row, Spa Fields. A Londres, Publié le 27 Mars, 1787, par R. Pollard, Graveur, No.15 Brayne's Row, Spa Fields.
A rare pair of engravings. Plate 489 x 627mm. 19¼ x 14¾". Some chipping and paper loss margins. Platemark of "body" broken on right.
Scene on a river, three men in a canoe and one swimmer recovering the body of a young drowned man from the water, to the distress of his father, fallen to his knees on the bank at right, his mother fainted into the arms of a man behind at right, two children embracing her. [&] A young man sitting up on a bed in a simple cottage, restored to health, supported by Dr Harris, an elderly gentleman in a powdered wig and two servants, greeted by his family who enter on the left, amazed that he is not dead, the father falling on his knees in thanksgiving, the mother led forward by another gentleman, Dr Lettsom, who stands gesturing towards the patient. Dr. John Coakley Lettsom was a founder of the Medical Society and supporter of the Royal Humane Society and a pioneer of the proceedures for the resussitation of drowning victims.
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[plate from 'Poems on the Abolition of the Slave Trade']
[plate from 'Poems on the Abolition of the Slave Trade']
Smirke R.A. pinx.t / Worthington Sculpt.
Pub. by R. Bowyer, Pall Mall, Dec.r 1 1809.
Stipple, sheet 260 x 205mm (10¼ x 8"). Trimmed inside platemark.
Plate from a volume of three poems to celebrate the banning of the slave trade by Britain in 1805: Montgomery's 'The West Indies', Grahame's 'Africa Delivered'; and Elizabeth Benger's 'A Poem, Occasioned by the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1806'.
For the complete volume see ref. 21739.
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[plate from 'Poems on the Abolition of the Slave Trade']
[plate from 'Poems on the Abolition of the Slave Trade']
Smirke R.A. pinx.t / E. Scriven Sculpt.
Pub. by R. Bowyer, Pall Mall, Dec.r 1 1809.
Stipple, sheet 280 x 210mm (11 x 8"). Trimmed inside platemark; slight foxing.
Plate from a volume of three poems to celebrate the banning of the slave trade by Britain in 1805: Montgomery's 'The West Indies', Grahame's 'Africa Delivered'; and Elizabeth Benger's 'A Poem, Occasioned by the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1806'.
For the complete volume see ref. 21739.
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[St. Margaret's Church, Westminster.]
[St. Margaret's Church, Westminster.]
[Smirk Invt: F: Bartolozzi sculp:]
[n.d. c.1792.]
Etching with engraving, rare proof before all letters. 210 x 177mm. 8¼ x 7". Just cut inside platemark, small foxing.
Ticket to a concert at St Margaret's Church, Westminster. St Cecilia seated playing the organ with two winged figures standing to the left. A low-relief which depicts Charity and three children, a lion and a unicorn on sides of the relief.
De Vesme: 1948; ii/v. See Ref 16047 for later state in red/brown ink & 21215 for later state.
[Ref: 20503]   £320.00  
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Spectator.
Spectator.
Smirke del. Heath sculp.
Published as the Act directs by Harrison & Co. July 22 1786
Engraving, platemark 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼"), large margins.
Time, holding a scythe, painting a mural. Engraving for 'The Spectator' of a design by Robert Smirke (1753-1845), painter and illustrator, who specialised in literary themes. Smirke depicted a great number of Shakespearean subjects and provided illustrations for literary and historical texts such as Hume's 'History of England', Dr Johnson's 'Rasselas', the 'Arabian Nights', and 'Don Quixote'.
Not in Heath/
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