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Design of a Sedan Chair as executed for Her Majesty. Dessein d’une Chaise à Porteur executée pour la Reine.
Design of a Sedan Chair as executed for Her Majesty. Dessein d’une Chaise à Porteur executée pour la Reine. Plate VI.
R. Adam Architect 1771. P. Begbie sculp.
Published as the Act directs 1773.
Engraving with small margins. Plate 444 x 591mm. 17½ x 23¼".
Design for a sedan chair; Volume I, part 5, "Works in Architecture". Robert and his brother James Adam forever changed the face of British architecture by introducing innovative Classical design ideas. From 1754-57, Robert lived in Italy where he had a long productive friendship with Piranesi, which was inspirational for both men. Upon his return, the brothers launched their career by building the Adelphi from the Thames to the Strand in London, which although not a commercial success at the time, included one of London's most cherished buildings, the Adlephi Theatre. Together, the Adam brothers designed and built some of the most famous buildings in England, including such bastions of English architecture as Kenwood House, Keddlestone Manor, and Syon House. To the interiors of their English country houses, the Adams brought wonderful ornamental elements in niches, lunettes, festoons and reliefs. Their classically designed buildings were so numerous in London that they changed the prevailing feel of the city and established their brand of neo-Classicism as the model of elegance and importance. It is asserted that the brothers originated the concept of the uniform facade attached to the typical English row house, an architectural device that distinguishes London buildings. This monumental contribution is evidenced in the Adams' designs for Portland Place and Fitzroy Square, and these were used as architectural models for the whole city. The brothers brought their talents into other areas by designing furniture to complement their beautiful interiors and by creating and publishing a treatise of design entitled 'Works in Architecture'. The work was published in three volumes over an extended span of time, beginning in 1773, with the final volume being published posthumously in 1822.
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A Tender Parting at the Grand Junction Canal. U.
A Tender Parting at the Grand Junction Canal. U.
Woodward delin. Etch.d by Roberts.
London Pub.d as the Act directs Sep.t 1st 1801 by P. Roberts Middle Row Holborn. Pub.d by T. Tegg 111. Cheapside. Jan.y 1. 1807
Etching with hand colour. 260 x 355mm (10¼ x 14"). Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
A satire on the dangers of travel by canal. A weeping wife and daughter try to prevent a husband embarking on a canal boat, despite the husband having 'bought a pair of trowsers to look like a sailor'. The wife urges him to 'go quietly back in the Coach', thus avoiding the 'hugly coal barges'. The plate was originally published by the engraver Piercy Roberts. This example is an early Tegg issue, as examples exist with the Roberts publication line removed and a plate numbers replacing 'U' top right.
Not in BM satires, but see BM 1985,0119.182.
[Ref: 51852]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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Eaton in his Costume on the Colchester match.
Eaton in his Costume on the Colchester match. Aged 49 Years a native Northamptonshire, Performed the following Pedestrian Feats. 1st Decr.26.1815, compleated on Blackheath, 1100, miles, on the Barclay plan, viz. a mile every hour. 2d. July 20th, 1816, at the same place he walked 1100 miles, comencing each mile within 20 mintues after each hour. 3rd. Decr. 5th. 1816, on Brixton Causeway he accomplished 1998 half miles in 1998 succeeding half hours. 4th. June 18th.1817, this was a task of competitorship between Baker & himself on Wormwood Scrubs & which he accomplished in one hour less than the given time making 2000 miles in 42 days. 5th. Sept. 6th.1817, a grand match against time walking from Colchester to London one day & returning to Colchester the next & so on for 20 succeeding days, being 1020 miles.
[n.d. c.1820].
Coloured etching. 295 x 220mm (11½ x 8¾").
Pedestrian fl.1810 - 20.
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Extraordinary Trotting Match Against Time. This match made against time for £100, in which Mr. Burke, of Hereford notoriety, undertook to drive two horses in the same vehicle, alternately, 45 Miles in Three successive hours, was decided on Tuesday June
Extraordinary Trotting Match Against Time. This match made against time for £100, in which Mr. Burke, of Hereford notoriety, undertook to drive two horses in the same vehicle, alternately, 45 Miles in Three successive hours, was decided on Tuesday June 25.th 1839, over 5 miles on Sunbury Common, from the Staines end to the 5 mile stone towards Hampton, which was complete in 2 hours, 55½ minutes. The wheeler, Tommy, trotted 20 miles in harness, two months previous to the above match...and now, for any sum, to the amount of £1000 Mr. B. challenges the distance of the Train from Birmingham to London, & give ½ and hour start! and the money is ready at Mr. Dowlings, Editor of "Bell's Life in London".
Painted by J.F. Herring. Engraved by Cha.s Hunt.
Published Nov.r 1.st 1839, for the Proprietor, by R. Ackermann, at his Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 191 Regent Street St. London.
Very fine and rare aquatint, printed in colours and hand finished. Visible area 590 x 775mm (23½ x 30½").
In 1839 two horses were driven in tandem trotted 45 miles of road in 2 hours 55.5 minutes. Driving this pair backwards and forwards over a measured five mile stretch of road between Hampton and Sunbury, Mr Burke of Hereford won £100 for completing the distance inside 3 hours. The horses, Tommy and Gustavus (a 24 year old), had both had won individual match races.
Siltzer: p.150. Hickman: p.304.
[Ref: 24160]   £1,250.00  
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An Exact Representation of Mr. F. C. Daniels, Life Preserver, as exhibited on the 21st of July 1806,
An Exact Representation of Mr. F. C. Daniels, Life Preserver, as exhibited on the 21st of July 1806, passing through London Bridge, To Gun Dock Wapping.
J. Bellamy Delin & Sculp.
[Published by J. Bellamy No. 90 Borough Road.] [n.d., 1806.]
Rare etching. Sheet 255 x 350mm (10 x 13¾"). Framed. Trimmed, losing publication line. Unexamined out of frame.
Six figures swimming in the River Thames near London Bridge, demonstrating an early life preserver design by F.C.Daniels, surrounded by spectators in boats. In 1807 Daniels won a gold medal from the Royal Society of Arts for his design, an air-tight leather bag.
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Locomotion Plate 2.nd.
Locomotion Plate 2.nd. A few small inconveniences. There's nothing perfect.
Seymour Del. Shortshanks sculpt.
Published by Thos. McLean, 26, Haymarket. [n.d., c.1830.]
Rare hand-coloured etching. Sheet: 245 x 345mm (9¾ x 13¾''). Trimmed to printed border.
A satire on the development of steam powered machines in the early 19th century. In the background a steam coach veers off course while figures fly through the air from an explosion, in the far distance a steam boat can be seen in distress. In the foreground a man in a steam powered body suit can't move stuck because the fire powering has gone out; various steam-powered aerial machines fly through the air in trouble; on the road to the right the occupants of a carriage are bothered by the thick smoke issuing from a smaller car powered by steam.
BM Satire 16438.
[Ref: 50828]   £480.00  
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[Man riding a penny farthing.]
[Man riding a penny farthing.]
Frank Allport [signed in ink lower left.]
[n.d., c.1880.]
Pen and ink and watercolour, sheet 255 x 205mm. 10 x 8".
An original caricature sketch of a man with a demonic beard, moustache and extraordinarily shaped hair with pony tail riding a penny farthing bicycle. The ordinary, high wheel or penny-farthing was the first true bicycle with which actual speed and distance could be achieved in a practical manner. Based on the original French Boneshaker, James Starley and others produced bicycles with front wheels of ever increasing size, starting about 1870.
[Ref: 8925]   £320.00  
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