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[A Conversation in which the Painter has introduced Himself.]
[A Conversation in which the Painter has introduced Himself.]
J. Steen pinx.t. S. Paul sculp.
R. Sayer Excudit. Publish'd Jan.y 1. 1771.
Scarce mezzotint, scratched-letter proof before title. 505 x 355mm (19¾ x 14"). Cracks in platemark and tears in margins repaired. Trimmed to plate at bottom.
Cottage interior with two women sitting in front of the hearth, one holding a glass, the other turning in her chair to look at a man in a cape, tattered trousers and broad white collar, who makes a bow, lifting his right hand to his mouth as he introduces himself. Two other men standing closer to the fire and smoking pipes are amused. Mussel shells on the floor and a spoon propped against a large covered pot lower right. Engraved after Jan Havicksz. Steen (Dutch, c.1625 -79), by Samuel De Wilde (1751-1832), a painter, especially of theatrical subjects, and watercolourist, who also produced etchings and mezzotints which he signed with the pseudonym 'Samuel Paul'.
[Ref: 50598]   £420.00  
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Coriolanus. From the Original Picture in ye Collection of George Sheppard Esq.r.
Angelica Kauffman R.A. pinx.t [...] Fran.s Bartolozzi R.A. Sculp.t.
London, Publish'd Nov.r 3 1785 by Ja.s Birchall No. 473 Strand.
Very fine stipple, printed in brown. 420 x 490mm (16½ x 19¼"). Trimmed to platemark bottom & top edge. Small margin at sides.
Scene from Act 5, Scene 3 of Shakespeare's tragedy 'Coriolanus'. Stipple engraving by Francesco Bartolozzi after Angelica Kauffman. Bartolozzi was born in Florence but migrated to England, and in 1768 was elected as a founding member of the Royal Academy in London (the RA did not admit engravers at this time but made an exception in his case, getting around the rules by electing Bartolozzi as a painter). He was already hailed as the best engraver in Italy when he met George III's librarian Richard Dalton in 1763. Dalton enticed Bartolozzi to London with a promise of an appointment as engraver to the king. In England he became the most celebrated exponent of the 'stipple' technique whereby he produced prints using dots rather than lines. In 1801 Bartolozzi was invited to Lisbon to reform the royal printing press, and he spent his final years in Portugal.
Calabi & de Vesme 1842 ii/iii. Provenance: Edge Hall Library, Cheshire
[Ref: 46758]   £520.00  
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Nampont. Vide Yorick's Sentimental Journey Vol.1.Page 124.
Nampont. Vide Yorick's Sentimental Journey Vol.1.Page 124. From the Original Picture, in the Possession of Commodore James. To whom this Print is inscribed by his very humble and Obedient Servant, George Carter.
[Inside image plate: ] George Carter pinxit. V. Green, Mezzotinto Engraver to His Majesty fecit. [Inside title plate area:] George Carter pinxit. V. Green Metzotinto Engraver to his Majesty fecit.
Publish'd by J. Boydell Engraver, Cheapside, May 1774. [Inside title plate area:] Published May 1774 by John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London.
Mezzotint, total plate area 590 x 445mm (23¼ x 17½"); uncut with large margins. Image and title area in two separate plates. Soiling to upper margin edge.
Nampont, from Sterne's 'Sentimental Journey'; "The mourner was sitting upon a stone bench at the door, with the ass's pannel and its bridle on one side, which he took up from time to time,--then laid them down,--look'd at them, and shook his head. He then took his crust of bread out of his wallet again, as if to eat it; held it some time in his hand,--then laid it upon the bit of his ass's bridle,--looked wistfully at the little arrangement he had made--and then gave a sigh."
CS: 151. Whitman: 179; for another impression of this print, with its pair 'Maria' see ref. 29169
[Ref: 21694]   £450.00  
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