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A Section of the Quadrangle design'd for the British Musæum,
A Section of the Quadrangle design'd for the British Musæum, or Public Repository. including the Royal Society, Antiquarian Society, and a Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
Corn.s Johnston Inv.t.
[London: Cornelius Johnston, 1754.]
Scarce engraving. 380 x 760mm (15 x 30¾"), with large margins. Crease in centre as normal. Repaired tears.
An architectural orthogonal elevation of the interior facade of the proposed building, facing into the courtyard, with cut-away views through the two side wings. Johnston, of whom nothing in known, published this print in an attempt to win the contract for the construction of a new national museum. Instead the commissioners decide to convert Montague House. It was published as a pair to 'A Design for the British Musæum, or, Public Repository and Cottonian Library, being on Front of a Quadrangle, in which may be included, the Royal Society, Antiquarian Society, and a Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, with proper Receptacles for such future Libraries, Natural and Artificial Curiosities, as may be hereafter left'. In January 1759 the Museum opened to the public at Montague House, London.
[Ref: 61429]   £580.00  
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Garrick's Cup, Carved from Shakspeare's Mulberry Tree.
Garrick's Cup, Carved from Shakspeare's Mulberry Tree.
[Engraved by Charles John Smith.]
[London: Henry Bohn, 1852.]
Wood engraving set in letterpress. Sheet 240 x 185mm (9½ x 7¼"). Mounted in album paper.
'Garrick's Cup' was presented to David Garrick by the Mayor and Corporation of Stratford during Garrick's 'Shakespeare Jubilee' in 1769. According to the letterpress it was carved from the wood of a Mulberry tree that Shakespeare planted in 1609 and felled by the Reverend Francis Gastrell to stop sightseers. It was sold by Christies in 1825 (after the death of Garrick's widow), and offered for sale by J. Johnston in Covent Garden for 200 guineas. There are several Garrick's Cups in existence. From Charles John Smith's 'Historical and Literary Curiosities' (scarce).
[Ref: 61959]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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