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An Hieroglyphic Epistle from a (sailor) on board a (ship) (toe) his Sweet(heart).
An Hieroglyphic Epistle from a (sailor) on board a (ship) (toe) his Sweet(heart).
[Printed 21st October, 1799, by Laurie & Whittle, N° 53 Fleet Street, London.]
Engraving. Sheet 340 x 230mm (13½ x 9"). Trimmed, losing publication line, laid on album paper, glue stains.
A supposed letter partly written in symbols (a Rhymed Rebuser), for example a wind-head for wind, a bee for the letter 'b', and a 't' and a hat for 'that'. Other graphics are more symbolic, for example an anchor for 'hope', a very popular tattoo for sailors. These symbols were used as tattoos by sailors all over the world and as well as convicts transported to Australia.
BM 9505. Simon Barnard's 'Convict Tattoos: Marked Men & Women of Australia.
[Ref: 55073]   £320.00  
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[Two untitled medley prints in imitation of old master paintings]
[Two untitled medley prints in imitation of old master paintings]
[n.d., c.1775.]
Each sheet 130 x 100mm (5 x 4"). Trimmed into image, laid on album paper.
Two trompe-l'il medley prints, with Old Master-style Dutch painting stuck on wooden panels with red sealing wax,
[Ref: 54802]   £320.00  
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[Untitled medley print relating to the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-74.]
[Untitled medley print relating to the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-74.]
[n.d., c.1775.]
Printed from two plates, mezzotint and a colour-printed engraving, both with hand colour. Total 260 x 205mm (10¼ x 8"). Trimmed into image, laid on album paper.
A trompe-l'il medley print, with a central mezzotint printed over an engraving of proporting to be seven pieces of paper, stuck on a wooden wall by red sealing wax.. The mezzotint is of an Old Master-style Dutch drinker. The other images are two playing cards (front and back); a map of the Aegean; a scene of a 'triumphant' Russian standing over a vanquished Turk with a Greek watching; a scrap with French text relating to the war; and a naval battle engraving (The Battle of Chesme, June 24, 1770) and a German almanac title-page, both printed in sanguine. Christian Gottlob Winterschmidt (1755-1809)
See National Archives for copy Orlov Revolt 1770.
[Ref: 54801]   £690.00  
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[Two paper puppet designs, uncut.]
[Two paper puppet designs, uncut.]
[French, c.1780.]
Two etchings with original hand colour. Sheets 380 x 250mm (15 x 9¾") & 335 x 260mm (13¼ x 10¼"). Woman trimmed into plate at top, some creasing; man with ragged edges.
Two extremely rare paper puppet designs, The woman is in a rustic dress and hat, with arms and legs. The man is in an opulant frockcoat with sash and garland of flowers; he has a separate hat, arms and legs jointed at hip and knee.
[Ref: 54912]   £950.00   view all images for this item
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