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Quid non mortalia pectora cogis, Auri sacra fames? Virgil.
Quid non mortalia pectora cogis, Auri sacra fames? Virgil.
Georg. Vertue del. & sculps.
[n.d., c.1733.]
Engraving. Plate: 255 x 175mm (10 x 7''). Small margins.
A portrait of minister and historian David Durand (1680-1763) shown writing in a large book supported on the shoulders of Father Time while in the corner three cherubs support a double portrait of George II and Queen Caroline.
[Ref: 48735]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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The Lady Jane Grey.
The Lady Jane Grey. Inscrib'd to his Most Noble Grace Algernon Seymour, Duke of Somerset. by his Grace's most humble and most obedient Servant Geo: Vertue. 1748.
Ad architypum, delin et sculpsit. G.Vertue.
Engraving. 475 x 570mm, 18¾ x 22½". Uncut sheet.
Oval portrait of the Nine-Day Queen, within an architectural surround.
[Ref: 13312]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Chapel of St Thomas on the Bridge] Inside South View of the Under Chappel from East to West,
[The Chapel of St Thomas on the Bridge] Inside South View of the Under Chappel from East to West, representing the manner and form of this rare piece of Ancient Architecture, thus drawn and transmitted to posterity, by G. V., Antiquary, 1744.
[George Vertue.]
[Published and sold by G. Vertue, in Brownlow Street, Drury-Lane, 1747.]
Etching with engraving. Sheet 230 x 460 (9 x 18"). Trimmed from a larger sheet, to printed borders on three sides, into image at top.
An interior view of the Lower Chapel of St Thomas on the Bridge, a bridge chapel built near the centre of London Bridge, with windows looking out over the river. Founded c.1205, it was in use as a chapel until 1548, during the Reformation, when it converted to a residence and warehouse. The Upper Chapel was removed in 1747 (when this print was produced); the lower chapel survived until the whole bridge was demolished in 1832. This print originally had a view of the Upper Chapel above. Both views were drawn by Vertue, based on a survey by the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736), published in a pamphlet called A Short Historical Account of London Bridge in 1736.
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The Battle-Array of Carberry-hill near Edinburgh with the Surrender of Mary Queen of Scots
The Battle-Array of Carberry-hill near Edinburgh with the Surrender of Mary Queen of Scots to the Confederate Lords of Scotland, and the Escape of Earl Bothwell, 1567.
Geo: Vertue delin & Sculp 1742
Engraving, platemark 460 x 575mm (18 x 22½"), with very large margins. Repairs in margins.
The surrender of Mary, Queen of Scots at Carberry Hill in Haddingtonshire in 1567. Engraved by George Vertue and issued in the first part of his 'Historical Portraitures', four large historical prints, in 1743. These were followed by further parts, amounting to nine prints in total, which were reissued in 1751 and later.
Alexander 856; for the complete set of 'Historical Portraitures' see ref.39870.
[Ref: 47405]   £360.00  
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Hoh! Maister John Murray of Sacomb.
Hoh! Maister John Murray of Sacomb. / The Works of Old Time to collect was his Pride, / Till Oblivion dreaded his Car: / Regardless of Friends intestate he dy'd, / So the Rooks & the Crows were his Heir. G.V.
G. Verue ad vivum delin. 17387, et sculp. 1752.
Engraving. 170 x 115mm (6¾ x 4½"). Narrow margins.
John Murray (1670-1748), antiquary and book collector who scoured the country for rare titles by English authors, often on commission. He was a friend of Thomas Hearne, often appearing in his diaries; one of the books Murray leans on is 'T Hearne Vol III (the others 'Sessions Papers' & 'Tryals of Witches').
Alexander 970.
[Ref: 56635]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Richd Rawlinson L.L.D.
Richd Rawlinson L.L.D.
Vertue delin. Smith Fecit.
[n.d., c. 1774.]
Mezzotint with very large margins. Platemark: 255 x 175mm (10 x 7").
English clergyman and antiquarian collector of books and manuscripts Richard Rawlinson (1690 - 1755). He bequeathed his collection to the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Bust portrait in an oval frame directed slightly to the left, head turned towards left shoulder, glancing towards the viewer. He is wearing a scholar's gown, bands and a chin-length wig with tight curls.
Ex collection of Christopher Lennox Boyd. Chaloner Smith: 3, state II of II.
[Ref: 36551]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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Rich.d. Rawlinson L.L.D.
Rich.d. Rawlinson L.L.D.
Vertue delin. Smith Fecit.
[n.d., c.1775.]
Rare mezzotint. Sheet: 180 x 250mm (7 x 9¾"). Trimmed to plate.
A half-length portrait set in an oval of Richard Rawlinson (1690-1775), antiquarian, collector and Jacobite. He bequeathed most of his collection to the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
CS: 3 II. Sharpe: 602 II. Ex Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd & Collection of Sir Algernon Tudor Craig.
[Ref: 36866]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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The Savoy, from the River Thames.
The Savoy, from the River Thames. Reduced from a view taken by G. Vertue in 1736, & published by the Society of Antiquaries in 1750.
Sawyer Junr. Sculp.
London, Published as the Act directs, Decr. 12th. 1808, by John Thomas Smith, No.31, Castle Street, East, Oxford Street.
Etching, with lage margins; 200 x 265mm. 8 x 10½". Some very minor staining.
The Savoy Palace on the River Thames, as it would have been in the 1550s. Once the grandest nobleman's residence of medieval London, it was John of Gaunt's house when it was attacked during the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 and destroyed. In 1505 Henry had it rebuilt as a hospital, as shown here, which closed in 1702. With key.
For a watercolour derived from this print see ref. 8104.
[Ref: 26232]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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The Savoy Hospital in the Strand.
The Savoy Hospital in the Strand.
G. Vertue delin et sculps.
Sumptu. Societ. Antiq. Lond. 1753. Published according to Act of Parliament, Nov. 29, 1753.
Engraving. 460 x 330mm, 18 x 13".
Three views of the Savoy Hospital for the Poor, created by Henry VII in his will and opened 1512. The hospital was suppressed by Edward VI in 1553 but refounded by Queen Mary in 1556. The hospital was misused throughout the 16th century, with Master Thomas Thurland's conduct subject to complaints, and the hospital used for lodging by vagabonds and criminals. Soldiers and sailors wounded in conflict were admitted in the 17th century, and after rebuilding in the late 17th century the hospital was formally dissolved in 1702. Plate reissued in the Society of Antiquaries's 'Vetusta Monumenta', with descriptions. The Chapel, illustrated at the bottom, is the only building to survive the demolition of the Hospital in the C19th. One of the final prints engraved by the prolific George Vertue (1684-1756).
Alexander: 1019; Adams: 36.11
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A View of the Savoy from the River Thames.
A View of the Savoy from the River Thames.
[Drawn with the Plan of the Place by G.V [George Vertue.] in 1736; and published at the Expence of the Antiquary Society, London, 1750.
Engraving. 320 x 460mm (12½ x 18"). Very large margins.
A view of the Savoy complex, at the time mostly taken up as a military prison with barracks for the soldiers. Published in the 'Vetusta Monumenta'.
[Ref: 38399]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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A Plan of the Ground and Buildings in the Strand, called the Savoy, taken in the Year 1736.
A Plan of the Ground and Buildings in the Strand, called the Savoy, taken in the Year 1736.
G. Vertue delin. et Sculp.
Sumptibus Societ. Ant. London. 1754.
Engraving. 480 x 360mm (19 x 14"), with large margins.
A plan of the Savoy complex, between The Strand and the Thames. Originally a liberty, named after Peter II, Count of Savoy who was granted land by Henry III in 1246, it had subsequently been John of Gaunt's palace, a hospital, and a military prison. Published in the 'Vetusta Monumenta'.
[Ref: 38397]   £140.00  
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The View of the Charity Children in the Strand, upon the VII of July, MDCCXIII,
The View of the Charity Children in the Strand, upon the VII of July, MDCCXIII, being the day appointed by her late Majesty Queen Anne for a Publick Thanksgiving for the Peace...
G.Vertue delin et sculpsit 1715. [but 1774].
Engraving on two sheets conjoined. Total 380 x 1260mm (15 x 49½"); large margins. Folds, as issued.
A large prospect of the Strand during the ceremonial procession celebrating the end of Britain's participation in the War of the Spanish Succession, sealed by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Two stands hold 4,000 children, clothed for the occasion, girls on the left and boys on the right.
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