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A Solo on the Viola di Gamba. Mr Abel.
A Solo on the Viola di Gamba. Mr Abel.
Etched by W.N. Gardiner. JN [John Nixon] 1787.
Publishd as the Act _ by E. Harding, 132 Fleet Street, July 1787.
Rare engraving. 190 x 135mm (7½ x 5¼"). Trimmed within plate at sides.
Caricature portrait of Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787), a German classical composer who lived in London from 1759 until his death. Darly also caricatured him, as 'Seignor Catgutaneo'.
[Ref: 52958]   £380.00  
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An Illustration of the old proverb - Between Two Stools_&c &c_
An Illustration of the old proverb - Between Two Stools_&c &c_ A Danial still I say -a second Danial-Shakespeare.
[Monogram of Paul Pry] Esq.
Pub May 1829 by T McLean 26 Haymarket sole publisher of P Prys Caricaturs.
Coloured etching. 260 x 360mm (10¼ x 14¼"), with wide margins. Remains of Collector's stamp top right.
Satire on O'Connell's attempt to take his seat in the House of Commons (which he was not able to do until February 1830). The 'Honorable Member' of O'Connell falls down towards the 'bog' as his two stools topple outwards. One is of rough-hewn wood, very solid, inscribed '1688 Constructed of English Oak'. The other is flimsy, ornate, top-heavy, and on casters. Its upholstered top is inscribed 'Constructed 1829 on entire new Principals'. By William Heath, under the pseudonym of Paul Pry.
BM Satires: 15765.
[Ref: 52888]   £320.00  
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[William Buckland.] Costume of the Glaciers.
[William Buckland.] Costume of the Glaciers.
Scratched by T. Sopwith.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Etching. 215 x 145mm (8½ x 5¾"). Signed by the sitter, with margins. Stuck onto a piece of card.
Fine & rare signed image. A gentle caricature of William Buckland (1784-1856), President of the Royal Geological Society, noted for promoting the glaciation theory of Louis Agassiz against the Biblical Flood theory. It shows Buckland wrapped in layers of warm clothing, carrying a roll 'Maps of Ancient Glaciers' and geological tools. At his feet are specimen rocks, one marked 'Scratched by a glacier Thirty three Thousand Three hundred & Thirty Three Years before the The Creation', the other 'Scratched by a cart on Waterloo Bridge the day before yesterday'. In 1840 Buckland and Agassiz travelled around Scotland and found evidence there of former glaciation.
[Ref: 52933]   £850.00  
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A Dandyzette and would be Dandy's Toilette.
A Dandyzette and would be Dandy's Toilette. Pad. Cravat. Plate 2.
Publish'd by J. Le Petit 20. Capel S.t Dublin.
Rare coloured etching. 255 x 355mm (10 x 14"). Trimmed to plate, remains of label stuck in right margin. Very slight hole near curtain on left.
Two scenes, showing a woman and a man dressing, with patched undergarments under their finery.
We have been unable to trace another example.
[Ref: 52932]   £380.00  
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The Farrier turned Tooth Drawer.
The Farrier turned Tooth Drawer.
[after John Collet.]
[Printed for and sold by Carington Bowles, No. 69 St Paul's Church Yard. Published as the Act directs, 2 Jan 1792.]
Mezzotint with fine hand colour. Sheet 140 x 115mm (5½ x 4¼"). Trimmed to image and around title, losing publisher's inscription.
A farrier uses his pincers to remove a man's tooth, an anvil to one side, as a woman looks on. The victim's wig is falling aside.
See BM Satires 8052 for the larger format version.
[Ref: 52906]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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Jack, hove down- with a Grog Blossom Fever.
Jack, hove down- with a Grog Blossom Fever.
By XYZ [William Elmes].
Pub.d Aug.t 12. 1811 by Tho.s Tegg N° 111. _ Cheapside _ Opposite Bow Church _ London.
Fine coloured etching. 245 x 360mm (9¾ x 14¼"), watermarked '1812'?. Mint.
A medical satire showing a sailor, apparently suffering from the effects of 'grog'; a sailor with a hideously carbuncled face lies in a hammock as a 'doctor' threatens him with a cylster (a medicine applied via the rectum).
BM 11825
[Ref: 52913]   £480.00  
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The Highland Chace, or the Pursuit of the Rebels.
The Highland Chace, or the Pursuit of the Rebels. At William's Name, what Soldier lags behind! [...]
C. Mostley sculp.
Publish'd according to Act of Parliam.t 21 Feb. 1745._6. Price 6d.
Etching. 210 x 245mm (8¼ x 9¾"). Trimmed to plate on left, title excised and taped in place.
William, Duke of Cumberland, chases the fleeing Jacobite army in a six-horse coach.
BM Satires 2673. Provenance: Ion Smeaton Munro (1883-1970) diplomat & writer.
[Ref: 52830]   £680.00  
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The Highlanders Medley, or the Duke Triumphant.
The Highlanders Medley, or the Duke Triumphant.
Publish'd According to Act of Parliament, 1746.
Broadside, engraving. 350 x 255mm (13¾ x 10"). Trimmed to plate at sides, folds, a few repaired nicks to edges.
A trompe-l'oeil of prints celebrating the victory of William, Duke of Cumberland, at the Battle of Culloden that year. At the centre is a portrait of the Duke, sword raised. Other scenes show the clans marching to war, fighting and fleeing, chased by a well-equipped English army; allegorical figures of Britannia and Prosperity; Satan with a net full of Jacobites (hidden under another 'sheet'), dragging them to a triple gallows and block; and the Young Pretender as the Knave of Clubs. Underneath are eight lines of verse, beginning ''Britons, behold the Royal Youth, 'tis he who fights your battles, sets your country free...''.
Provenance: Ion Smeaton Munro (1883-1970) diplomat & writer.
[Ref: 52829]   £680.00   view all images for this item
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A little Music- or - The Delights of Harmony.
A little Music- or - The Delights of Harmony.
J.s Gillray fec.t.
[London Published May 20, 1810, by H.Humphey, 27, St James's Street.]
Etching with fine hand colour. 265 x 365mm (10¼ x 14¼"). Mint. Publication line erased.
A young woman plays the piano from a music-book title 'On Rosy Bed by Tinckling Billy'. A middle-aged military officer plays the flute as a very obese man and an ugly and over-dressed woman sing. A fat elderly 'cit' sleeps in an arm-chair, his wig askew.
BM Satire 11611.
[Ref: 52914]   £750.00  
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Map of Hope, Love, Hatred & Despair.
Map of Hope, Love, Hatred & Despair.
Ent.d Sta.s Hall [Irish? c.1840].
Extremely rare lithographic broadsheet map with text. Sheet 390 x 510mm (15¼ x 20"). Folds, tear at central fold, small tears in edges repaired.
An allegorical map outlining the features around 'The Great Ocean of Love', including 'The Bay of Delight', 'Temple of Hymen' 'Cradle Point', the 'Quick-Sands of Inconstancy', 'Mountains of Deceit', the Dead Lake of Indifference and 'Callous Bay' on 'Divorce Island'. The surrounding text expands on the theme. Above the map are twelve lines of verse by Rev.d Dr. Isaac Watts (1674-1748), separated by a compass ross with the cardinals Hope, Love, Despair and Hatred. The National Library of Ireland has the same map, with the compass rose replacing the title, the text set differently and no quote from Watts, signed 'Callaghan Bro.s Lith. Cork'.
See National Library of Ireland EPH E821.
[Ref: 52952]   £650.00  
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Hanging. Drowning.
Hanging. Drowning. Fatal Effects of the French Defeat.
[By James Gillray.]
Pub.d Nov.r 9th 1795. by H. Humphrey New Bond Street.
Coloured etching. 250 x 350mm (9¾ x 13¾"). Trimmed within plate at top, mounted in album paper at edges. Slight foxing at corners.
Two scenes about the news that the French army on the Rhine had been defeated by the Austrians: on the left the pro-revolution Charles James Fox tries to hang himself; on the right William Pitt the Younger and Henry Dundas celebrate, sloshing wine everywhere. Behind Fox is a portrait of General Jean-Charles Pichegru who, it later transpired, was a secret royalist and had caused the French defeat by betraying the French strategy. In 1803 he plotted a coup against Napoleon, was discovered and was found strangled in his prison cell.
BM Satire 8683.
[Ref: 52916]   £950.00  
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Slavery in Miniature: a fable. Apply'd to the most factious people of Great-Britain, 1745. While George and Justice rules our British Isle No Popish Varlets shall our Rights defile.
Slavery in Miniature: a fable. Apply'd to the most factious people of Great-Britain, 1745. While George and Justice rules our British Isle No Popish Varlets shall our Rights defile. Ere Britain's Peace is broken quite, / Ere Parties meet in deadly Fight; / Ere Blood is spilt and Treasure spent, / Our Crown remov'd or Kingdom rent. / Ye sensless Tribe with Patience hear, / A simple Fable, worth your Ear.
London: Printed for J. Wakelin in Little-Britain; and sold at the Pamphlet Shops [1745].
Scarce letterpress broadsheet with engraved head piece. Sheet 300 x 155mm (11¾ x 6"). Tears, with loss to engraving and text at top, bottom right and slight hole in Peace & Plenty.
A broadsheet with two columns of anti-Jacobite text, with an engraving featuring George II and Justice on one side, the Pope and a kilted Charles on the other.
Provenance: Ion Smeaton Munro (1883-1970) diplomat & writer.
[Ref: 52973]   £500.00  
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La Valeur Angloise.
La Valeur Angloise.
[n.d., c.1803.]
Scarce coloured etching. 230 x 275mm (9 x 10¾"), with wide margins. A few small holes. Slightly ragged edges
French troops chase retreating British soldiers with whips, with the British not even unshouldering their muskets and drop their money gags in their hurry. One Frenchman drops his trousers to break wind at them. Meanwhile a man on stilts, marked 'Gouvernmnt Anglois', with snakes in his hair and pockets, is attached by a French officer, who pushes a burning brand into his face and saws at one of the stilts. To the right a chariot escapes, marked 'Le Duc de Cambridge abandonnant l'Hanovre'. A French satire on the Convention of Artlenburg, 5th July 1803, in which the Electorate of Hanover surrendered to Napoleon's army. Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge (1774-1850) was sent to Hanover in 1801 to protect his father George III's interests, but caught between the armies of France and Prussia, found the position impossible. Rather than be involved in the surrender he handed over his command and returned home. Many officers and men of the dissolved Hanoverian Army travelled to England, becoming the King's German Legion, which later served with distinction at Waterloo. Hanover became part of Westphalia until 1813, when it was restored to George III.
[Ref: 52886]   £290.00   (£348.00 incl.VAT)
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