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[The Battle of Bears and Frogs].  Turmæ ranarum periunt non vulnere multo Artus si vivet, quæque salire solet.
[The Battle of Bears and Frogs]. Turmæ ranarum periunt non vulnere multo Artus si vivet, quæque salire solet.
Eckstiene pinx [John Eckstein]. Reynolds sculp.
London Pub.d April 1801.
Rare mezzotint. 430 x 550mm (17 x 21¾"), large margins. Collector's blind stamp of a bee, in lower margin. Repaired tears, central fold, month engraved in a ferrent style to the rest of the inscription.
An army of bears storm a hill defended by frogs with cannon, bayoneting and shooting some as others hop into a pond to escape. A rough translation of the Latin title is 'The host of frogs perish and their limbs, used to jumping, twitch on'. The BM has two examples, one matching this state, and another with a different title ('Im Belles Ferro Ceciderunt Igne Robusti') and joke signatures, from the Lennox-Boyd collection, as this example. The collector's stamp, a blind-stamped Napoleonic Bee, is that of William J. Latta of Philadelphia, a collector of Napolionic prints, who began his collection c.1880, sold it Anderson Galleries, New York, in four sales 1913-4. Lugt (L.2825) says of the collection that it ''was reputed to be the most beautiful of its kind in the world. The portraits were remarkable for the beauty of the prints and the rarity of the states; the series of caricatures was particularly comprehensive''.
BM 1872,0511.896 & 2010,7081.5049. Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 54044]   £320.00  
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The Country Club. Eamus quo Ducet Gula.
The Country Club. Eamus quo Ducet Gula.
H. Bunbury Esq.r Delin.t. W. Dickinson Excudit.
London. Published 5 March 1794 by John Jeffryes Ludgate Hill.
Stipple, printed in brown. Sheet 395 x 500mm (15¾ x 19¾"). Trimmed within plate. Repaired tear in title area.
The interior of a country club with the members arriving for a supper. On the wall are the Club rules (''No Jokes in this society but practical ones, or forfeit 3d'') and a world map. The Latin motto reads 'let us go where greed leads us'.
[Ref: 53368]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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Fortune - Hunting.
Fortune - Hunting.
B [compass monogram (North)] Esq. _del._ [Etched by James Gillray.]
Publish'd November 20th 1804 by H. Humphrey No 27 St James's Street.
Hand coloured etching, pt 1804 watermark. 265 x 385mm (10½ x 15¼"). Trimmed within plate. Small losses to each corner.
A fat elderly man in hunting-cap has dismounted under an oak-tree to have his fortune told by a ragged old gipsy woman, who reads his hand. Meanwhile another gipsy, kneeling beside him, with a child on her shoulders, picks his pocket. Behind to left stands a groom in livery, gaping at the fortune told him by a pretty girl. Behind him a boy leans from a tree to rifle through the portmanteau on his horse. The scene is the edge of a wood; in the distance two huntsmen are galloping. After Brownlow North (1778 - 1829), amateur draughtsman of satires, by James Gillray (1756 - 1815).
BM Satires: 10301. Grego: pg. 313.
[Ref: 53838]   £480.00  
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[James II] Arlequin Furieux et Pantagion Triumphant.
[James II] Arlequin Furieux et Pantagion Triumphant.
[Etched by Romeyn de Hooghe.]
[n.d., 1689.]
Broadside, etching with letterpress. Sheet 570 x 390mm (22½ x 15¼"). Repairs and creases.
A Dutch satire on Catholic Europe in the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution. In the centre, a peg-legged Louis XIV is restrained by Johann George III, Elector of Saxony, watched by the Dauphin who sits on a war-wagon drawn by huge toads. To the left is an ass ridden by Father Edward Petre, James II's Jesuit chaplain, who holds the Prince of Wales while Mary of Modena rides behind. In the background William III arrives in England while James stands, in armour, surrounded by his supporters.
Landwehr: p.214; BM Satires 1216
[Ref: 53224]   £350.00  
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Les Métamorphoses du Jour No 31. Concert vocal.
Les Métamorphoses du Jour No 31. Concert vocal.
J. Granville. Lith le Langlume.
chez Bulla Rue St. Jacques No.38 et chez Martinet rue du Coq [n.d., 1829-30].
Coloured lithograph. Printed area 170 x 210mm (6¾ x 8¼").
A choir of a duck, two bulls, a cockerel and another male bird are accompanied by a bull on piano and monkey on a violin, all in human clothes. 'Les Métamorphoses du Jour' was so successful that, before the series was completed, Bulla and Martinet decided to publish an edition titled in both French and English.
[Ref: 53376]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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More Don-Key's!
More Don-Key's! It is well-known that Asse's are particularly fond of having their Back's Rubbed.
H. Heath Fec.t.
Pub.d 1830 by S.W. Fores, 41 Piccadilly London.
Coloured etching. 250 x 355mm (9¾ x 14"). Trimmed to border and creasing around the edges.
Four donkeys suck tubes sprouting from a barrel marked 'Foetid gas' (in reverse) while a woman and a groom scrub their balding backs with brushes. In the background a man runs from a beadle with a coroner's warrant, shouting 'D.I.O. [Damme I'm off] I'll give you the Long trot'. To the right is 'Long John's Rubbing Stable', closed down. Satire on an infamous quack, John St John Long, who 'treated' consumption and other ailments with corrosive liniments and friction. Despite being denounced in the Lancet as 'king of humbugs' and the deaths of two patients (whose names can be seen in the graveyard), his influential friends and clients seem to have protected him, and the two charges of manslaughter culminated with only one fine of £250. One of these friends would seem to be Mayor of London John Key, whom Heath satirised as 'Don Key'.
BM Satire: 16427.
[Ref: 53830]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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An Odd Sight Sometime Hence.
An Odd Sight Sometime Hence. Price 6
[Anon., November 1756]
Etching, 18th century watermark. 195 x 300mm (7¾ x 11¾). Trimmed with very small margins.
A crowd of spectators regard a gibbet marked 'The Tripple Alliance' from which are suspended three corpses. The British Museum catalogue of satires suggests that 'A' represents Lord Anson, 'B' Admiral Byng, and 'C' the Duke of Newcastle. At the foot of the gibbet is a fox whose speech bubble reads 'I have got my ends', representing Henry Fox, who is said to have caused the downfall of the three persons gibbeted. The British Museum's impression of the print has manuscript annotations identifying 'A' as Henry Fox, but their catalogue of satires considers this as incorrect. 'Generally, the "Triple Alliance" must refer to the defeat of Newcastle's attempts to form a composite Ministry.'
BM Satires 3345.
[Ref: 53827]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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A Party of Pleasure. Pl.t. 3.
A Party of Pleasure. Pl.t. 3.
Drawn & Etch'd by H. Heath.
Published by S.W.Fores, 41 Picadilly, London Jan.y. 1825.
Hand-etching. 135 x 170mm (5¼ x 6¾"). Trimmed to printed border. Small hole in upper right corner.
A scene in which a family go for a walk, a mother walks in front carrying a baby while a crying child pulls at her skirts, behind her a man pulls along a cart containing three squabbling children, a fourth child stands on the back.
[Ref: 53828]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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