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[William Ewart Gladstone.]
[William Ewart Gladstone.]
H.J. Thaddeus [pencil signature]. [Engraved by Frank Sternberg.]
[n.d., 1889.]
Chine collé mezzotint, proof before all letters, signed by the artist. 535 x 430mm (21 x 17"). A little surface wear, laid on board.
Three-quarter length portrait of Williams Ewart Gladstone (1809-98), probably painted to celebrate his 80th birthday. At the time he was in Opposition, but he was became Prime Minister again in 1892, aged 82, thus becoming the oldest Prime Minister and the only one to serve four terms. After Irish painter Henry Jones Thaddeus (1860-1929).
[Ref: 54163]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Sir Richard Owen.]
[Sir Richard Owen.]
H.J. Thaddeus 1889 [in plate lower left.]
Mezzotint, proof before all letters on india laid paper, 660 x 460mm (26 x 18") very large margins. Artist's initials in pencil in margin as signature? Uncut.
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), naturalist, comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. His right hand rests on a dinosaur skull. From the mid 1830s the leading British comparative anatomist; one of the most formidable opponents of evolutionary theories, which he disputed with Huxley. He was superintendent of the Natural History Department of the British Museum, and designed new natural history galleries at South Kensington. After Irish painter Henry Jones Thaddeus (1860-1929). A fellow of the Royal Geographical society, he often painted portraits on commission, including two for Pope Pius X. He wrote an autobiography, 'Recollections of a Court Painter', during his retirement in California (although he died on the Isle of Wight).
Wellcome: 2197-15. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 47317]   £520.00  
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