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A View of an Homeward-Bound American Ship taking her departure from the Lands End.
A View of an Homeward-Bound American Ship taking her departure from the Lands End.
Designed & Engraved by W. Elmes.
Published March 6, 1797 by John Fairburn 146 Minories London.
A very rare aquatint, fine impression; 265 x 380mm (10½ x 15"). Narrow margins, several tiny worm holes.
A merchantman under full sail in choppy seas. The Stars and Stripes flag on the stern is Francis Hopkinson's flag for the U.S. Navy, with 13 six-pointed stars in five rows and a red stripe uppermost, although the number of stars had increased to 15 in 1795.
[Ref: 54740]   £680.00  
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The Engagement between the British and Dutch Fleets, Oct.r 11th 1797
The Engagement between the British and Dutch Fleets, Oct.r 11th 1797
Designed & Engraved by W. Elmes.
[c.1797]
Aquatint, sheet 165 x 222mm (6½ x 8¾"). Very rare; trimmed.
The Battle of Camperdown (11 October 1797), a British naval victory in the North Sea over the Dutch during the French Revolutionary Wars. The British fleet under Admiral Duncan defeated the Dutch fleet under Admiral de Winter off the coastal village of Camperduin, north-west of Alkmaar.
[Ref: 39670]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Candidates Canvasing'' for Seats in Parliament.
Candidates Canvasing'' for Seats in Parliament.
W. E S.t [William Elmes].
[London, Thomas Tegg, n.d., c.1812.]
Hand coloured etching. Sheet size: 235 x 330mm (9¼ x 13"). Trimmed within plate.
A candidate, on the right, bows low, top-hat in hand, right hand pointing to his breast, before a sturdy and ragged rat catcher, who stands facing him, scratching his forehead. Close behind the candidate is his agent, holding a purse from which he is about to take a coin. Both wear spurred boots. To the left is a cottage with a sign above reading 'Gs Lurcher Rat Catcher All sorts of Vermin destroyed'. In the background to the right is a country inn with a sign on which a fat pig is depicted.
BM Satires 11923.
[Ref: 56025]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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Crib Uncorking Blackstrap.
Crib Uncorking Blackstrap. 98.
W. E_s [William Elmes] Scu.t.
16 Octo.r 1811 Publ.d by Tho.s Tegg. 111 Cheapside London. Prince One Shillin Coloured.
Coloured etching. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Colour slightly faded, laid on card.
Tom Cribb uncorking a bottle containing a negro's face, with admirers cheering him on. Tom Cribb (1781-1848) retained his title of boxing champion of England by beating American Thomas Molineux (1784-1818), a former slave, at Thissleton Gap, Leicester, on 28 September, 1811, breaking his jaw and knocking him out. Black Strap was a low-quality thick sweet port.
BM Satires 11755.
[Ref: 58504]   £550.00  
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A Brig Hove-To for a Pilot off Dover.
A Brig Hove-To for a Pilot off Dover.
Drawn and Engraved by W.Elmes.
Published Jan.y 25th 1796, by John Fairburn, No 146, Minories, London.
Sepia aquatint. 180 x 240mm, 7 x 9½". Tears in margin.
Rare.
[Ref: 12129]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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National Bankruptcy or Iohn Bull takeing the benefit of the Insolvent Act.
National Bankruptcy or Iohn Bull takeing the benefit of the Insolvent Act. 206.
[William Elmes.]
Th. Tegg No.111 Cheapside. [n.d. c.1816.]
Hand-coloured etching. Plate 250 x 350mm (9¾ x 13¾"). Trimmed; paper toning.
A satire on the distressed state of the country due to a crisis in agriculture, stagnation in trade, home and foreign, with many bankruptcies. John Bull, a 'cit' with a gouty foot in a large shoe, stands in court facing the judge (perhaps intended for Lord Ellenborough), who sits in a high carved chair of Gothic design. Clerks sit in the foreground writing. On their table is a paper with the Royal Arms and the words 'London Gazette'.
BM Satires: 12779.
[Ref: 30566]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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John Bull Reading the Extraordinary Red Book.
John Bull Reading the Extraordinary Red Book.
[William Elmes.]
By Th.s Tegge - 111 Cheapside. [n.d., c.1819.]
Colouired etching. 250 x 355mm (9¾ x 14"), watermarked 1819 large margins.
John Bull reads 'Extraordinary Red Book: A List of All Places, Pensions, Sinecures, &c. with the Various Salaries and Emoluments Arising Therefrom', written by 'A Commoner', an early version of the Civil List. He expresses outrage at the payments to governmental figures including Castlereagh, Bathurst and Eldon, totalling just under half-a-million pounds. The third edition of the book was published in 1819.
BM Satires 12781, dating c.1816.
[Ref: 50699]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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A Seventy-Four Gun Ship Close-Haul'd with a Stiff Breeze.
A Seventy-Four Gun Ship Close-Haul'd with a Stiff Breeze.
Designed & Engraved by W. Elmes.
Published Septr. 14th. 1795, by John Fairburn, No.146, Minories, London.
Etching and aquatint, rare, image 145 x 215mm. 5¾ x 8½". Trimmed to plate.
Fine depiction of a three-masted British warship under sail.
NMM PAD6041.
[Ref: 23467]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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