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Beauty directed by Prudence rejects with Scorn the Solicitations of Folly.
Beauty directed by Prudence rejects with Scorn the Solicitations of Folly.
Angelica Kauffman pinxit. J.M. Delattre sculpsit.
Published according to Act, 28th Jan.y, 1783 for the Proprietor [Ann Bryer], No 5 Poland Street, Soho.
Fine stipple, printed in sepia. 375 x 320mm (14¾ x 12½"), with large margins.
Beauty pushes away Folly, who is attempting to drape a grape-laden vine over her.
Alexander 146.
[Ref: 61432]   £390.00  
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The Canterbury Pilgrims.
The Canterbury Pilgrims.
Painted by Thomas Stothard Esq.r R.A. Etched by Lewis Schiavonetti, V.A. and Finished by James Heath A.R.A. Historical Engraver to His Majesty, and to H.R.H. the Prince Regent, &c.
London: Published for the Proprietors by R. Cribb, N.º 288 Holborn, October 1, 1817.
Etching, state before key. 360 x 995mm (14¼ x 39¼"). Some restoration.
A procession of the pilgrims immortalised by Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales', on horseback, led by a piper, based on the painting on oak by Thomas Stothard (1806-7, now in the Tate Gallery, N01163). Robert Cromek commissioned the painting, putting it on show at a shilling per visitor. He also asked Italian stipple engraver Luigi Schiavonetti (1765-1810) to make a plate, but Schiavonetti only completed the outline etching. As a tribute to the engraver, Cromek published the incomplete print in 1810. The incomplete plate was then given to Francis Engleheart to complete, but Cromek’s death in 1812 stalled the project. Cromek’s widow, Elizabeth, gave the plate to Niccolo Schiavonetti, Louis's younger brother, but he too died. The plate was finally completed by James Heath and was published for Elizabeth, on 1st October 1817. A later state, with a full key identifying each pilgrim, was printed by W.H. Worthington, also for Elizabeth. The print also caused a rift between Stothard and his friend William Blake: Blake claimed that Cromek had commissioned a painting of the Canterbury Pilgrims from him first, but Cromek had not liked the design and so took the commission to Stothard. Blake accused Cromek and, through him, Stothard, of copying his long, frieze-like composition
[Ref: 61951]   £750.00  
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The Plenipotentiaries of Great-Britain, Prussia, Holland & Russia, signing the Preliminaries of Peace, at Petersburg
The Plenipotentiaries of Great-Britain, Prussia, Holland & Russia, signing the Preliminaries of Peace, at Petersburg between the Empress & the Porte' the 4 of Aug,,st 1791. Engraved for Ashburton's History of England.
Dayes delin. Warren sculp.
Published as the Act directs Nov.r 1791, by W & J. Stratford, N.º 122 Holborn Hill.
Etching. 215 x 320mm (8½ x 12½"). Slight spotting.
An oval scene of four men in an elegant drawing room. The National Portrait Gallery has a watercolour of this scene (NPG 6263). According to the gallery's description: ''there is no record of Dayes visiting St Petersburg and the drawing is probably made up, perhaps from notes brought back by one of the British envoys. Among the allied plenipotentiaries at the signing of the preliminaries were Colonel Charles Whitworth and his colleague William Fawkener, Count Goltze (Prussia) and Count Osterman (Russia), but the figures are elegant puppets and can in no way be considered as portraits.''
[Ref: 61968]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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A Tyger.
A Tyger.
Painted by Ja.s Northcote; Engraved by Jn.o Murphy.
Publish'd May 1, 1790 by John & Josiah Boydell, Cheapside & at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, London.
Mezzotint, closed letters. 485 x 605mm (19 x 23¾"), with very large margins.
A fine impression of this scene of a prowling tiger in a cave, staring at the viewer. To the right is the head of a dead wolf. A fantastic image of 18th century mezzotint art.
[Ref: 61190]   £6,800.00  
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