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Les Sylphides.
Les Sylphides. La Conversation. Two Bosom Friends!
Peint d'après nature et Lithographié par C. Bargue. Imprimé par Becquet frères, a Paris.
Paris, F. Sinnett, éditeur, Rotonde Colbert, 10. London, F. Gambart& Co. 25 Berners St. Oxf. St.
Coloured lithograph. Sheet: 420 x 310mm (16½ x 12"), with large margins. Light toning on edges.
A scene in which two nude women recline in conversation by a pond.
[Ref: 47345]   £230.00  
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[Diana and Calisto.
[Diana and Calisto. From the Original Picture Painted by Francois le Moine in the Collection of Nath.l Webb Esq.r To whom this Plate is Dedicated by his much Obliged Servant John Boydell.]
le Moine Pinx.t. W.m Walker Sculpsit 1767.
J. Boydell Excudit.
Engraving, rare scratch letter proof before title, with crest. 530 x 445mm (21 x 17"), with wide margins. A few worm holes in inscription area and lower margin. Some spotting in margin, crease.
After Zeus seduced the nymph Callisto in the guise of the goddess Artemis, her pregnancy is revealed while she bathes in a pool. When Callisto blamed Artemis for her misfortune the goddess angrily turns the girl into a bear. From ''The Most Capital Paintings in England'', a five-volume series of engravings that was important for the creation of a domestic print market for Boydell. The painting is now in the Los Angeles County Art Museum.
[Ref: 51962]   £320.00  
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Les Sylphides. L'Echo. The Echo.
Les Sylphides. L'Echo. The Echo.
Peint d’après nature et lithographié par C. Bargue. Imprimé par Becquet frères, à Paris.
[n.d. c.1860.]
Lithograph. 306 x 385mm. 12 x 15¼". Some scuffing. Cut.
Two young sylphs naked, one covering heself and bowing her head; the other paying a lute and gazing up into the sky. The scene is that of a garden at the side of a lake. Possible reference to the Les Sylphides the ballet of 1836 which had no particular plot but instead consisted of many white-clad slyphs, which is this image have removed their white coverings, dancing and playing in the moolight.
[Ref: 13940]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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[Eleven erotic mezzotints.]
[Eleven erotic mezzotints.]
[W. Ward and J.R. Smith(?) after G. Morland.]
[British, n.d., c.1790.]
Scarce set of eleven privately-issued pornographic mezzotints, illustrating scenes from popular novels. Each plate c. 335 x 260mm (13¼ x 10¼"). Images generally good, some foxing. They are sandwich mounted; all appear to have margins.
These are (ostensibly) illustrations of Fielding's Tom Jones, Cleland's Fanny Hill, and Rousseau's La Nouvelle Heloise and Les Confessions. Radically different from George Morland's (1763-1804) more familiar rustic genre, landscapes and elegant portraits of decorous young ladies, these plates graphically depict sexual intercourse and activity in a variety of situations. They are almost certainly engraved by William Ward (1766-1826) and John Raphael Smith (1752-1812), with whom Morland enjoyed a fruitful business partnership. All plates captioned, with the appropriate literary reference; all are (naturally) unsigned. Some of the faces, and other more intimate parts of the human anatomy, have been reworked (one impression in particular is rather faint). In June 2012 Christie's sold an album of 13 similar erotic plates titled 'Facetiae'. The BM lists ten on its website.
Chaloner Smith undescribed. See D'Oench p. 133.
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[Jupiter in the guise of Diana seducing Callisto]
[Jupiter in the guise of Diana seducing Callisto] Giove di Cintia i can prende, e la faccia; / E lui Calisto semplicetta abbraccia.
Amiconi Pinxit [...] P. Peyrolery Scul. [c.1770]
Engraving, sheet 290 x 360mm (11½ x 14¼"). Trimmed inside platemark.
Copy by the Turin-based printmaker Pietro Peiroleri (1741-71, fl.) of an etching by the Italian painter and printmaker Jacopo Amigoni. The orientation, size and text are all similar to Amigoni's etching.
[Ref: 47669]   £260.00  
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Jupiter and Juno on Mount Ida.
Jupiter and Juno on Mount Ida.
G.B. Cipriani Invt. F. Bartolozzi Sculpt.
Publish'd as the Act directs Jany. 1st. 1784 by A. Torre No. 44 Market Lane.
Very fine stipple and etching printed in red ink, 225 x 175mm. 9 x 7". Large margins.
Jupiter seated on a cloud, embracing wife Juno, standing, her left knee on his left knee; in the background on the left, two putti, one holding a torch. An eagle to right; in an oval. After Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727 - 1785).
[Ref: 19687]   £320.00  
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Love, Woman and Wine.
Love, Woman and Wine.
Painted and Engraved by J.K. Sherwin Engraver to His Majesty & His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
Published Sept.r 24th 184 by J.K. Sherwin, No. 28 St James's Street; & W. Hinton, No 5 Sweeting's Alley Royal Exchange.
Rare stipple, printed in sanguine. 310 x 385mm (12¼ x 15¼"). Worming Repaired in inscription and image. Small margins.
A naked couple embrace under a canopy in a bower, the man holding a shell full of wine. One one side Cupid aims an arrow; on the other two lions rest.
[Ref: 51934]   £380.00  
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Le Souper fin.
Le Souper fin.
J.M. Moreau le Jeane delin. Gravé par Helman.
[n.d., 1783.]
Engraving. 410 x 310mm (16¼ x 12¼"). Trimmed into plate on left, some creasing in margin, laid on linen, with indistinct blindstamp within plate.
Two aristocratic couples sitting around a table and having supper, with the man on the right trying to take a letter from the hand of the woman sitting next to him. Plate 35 of 'Monument du Costume Physique et Moral de la fin du Dix-huitième siècle', a series of thirty-eight plates of French costume of the period.
BM 1925,0114.40.
[Ref: 51880]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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La Matinée.
La Matinée.
[after Sigmund Freudenberger.]
[n.d., 1777.]
Engraving. 410 x 310mm (16¼ x 12¼"). Trimmed into plate on left, some creasing, laid on linen. Damaged.
A woman in her nightdress sits on a man's lap in an armchair. A plate from 'Monument du Costume Physique et Moral de la fin du Dix-huitième siècle', a series of thirty-eight plates of French costume of the period.
[Ref: 51881]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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La Surprise.
La Surprise.
[after Sigmund Freudenberger.]
[n.d., 1777.]
Engraving. 410 x 310mm (16¼ x 12¼"). Trimmed into plate on left, some creasing in centre left, laid on linen.
A woman walks in on a couple embracing. A plate from 'Monument du Costume Physique et Moral de la fin du Dix-huitième siècle', a series of thirty-eight plates of French costume of the period.
[Ref: 51882]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Jupiter et Io. [&] L'Illusion vaut quelque-fois la Réalité.
Jupiter et Io. [&] L'Illusion vaut quelque-fois la Réalité.
Dessiné par Landon. Gravé par A. Leroy. [&] Venderverf pinx.t. Le Roy Sculp.
à Paris chez Bance M.d d'Estampes Rue St Denis No. 175 vis-à-vis la sellete rouge [&] A Paris chez Bance, Rue St Denis No. 175, près celle aux Ours.
Pair of fine colour-printed stipples. Framed, window area 250 x 330mm (270 x 330mm (10¾ x 13"). Spotting in margins. Unexamined out of frame.
Two reclining nudes with divine heads appearing from clouds above them.
[Ref: 51925]   £750.00   view all images for this item
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[Bacha faisant peindre sa Maitresse.
[Bacha faisant peindre sa Maitresse. Tiré du Cabinet de M. de Julienne, Ecuyer, Chevalier de l'Ordre de St. Michel.]
Peint par Carle Vanloo. Gravé par Lépicié 1748.
[A Paris chez Lépicié graveur du Roi au Louvre. Et chez L. Surugue aussi graveur du Roi, ruë des Noyers vis-a-vis le mur de S. Yves. A.P.D.R.]
Rare engraving. Sheet 460 x 540mm (18 x 21¼"). Trimmed to plate on three sides, into inscription area at bottom, losing title and publication line, several small tears repaired.
'A Pasha Having His Mistress' Portrait Painted.' A self-portrait of the artist Carle van Loo, inserting himself into a fictional scene probably based on a story about Alexander the Great. Apelles, the greatest painter of his day, fell in love with Campaspe, the mistress of Alexander the Great, while painting her portrait. Alexander gave Campaspe to the artist, preferring to the painting to the original. The model for the mistress here is Christina Somis, van Loo's wife. A conversation piece.
Van Loo's original oil is in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (59.20).
[Ref: 51828]   £290.00  
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Les Plaisirs de la Jeunesse.
Les Plaisirs de la Jeunesse. Colin-Maillard. [&] Le Concert Amoureux. [&] La Conversation Interessante. [&] La Danse.
Paterre Pinxit. Filloeul Sculp 1739.
A paris chez Filloeul à l'entrée de la ruë du Fouare, au bâtiment neuf, par la ruë Galande. Tiré du Cabinet de M.r le Président de Ségur Avec Privilége du Roy.
Set of four engravings. Plate: 490 x 365mm (19¼ x 14¼"), with very large margins. Repaired worm holes in plate 1.
A fine contemporary set of elegant images of four engravings illustrating four amusements of youth including, blind-man's buff, flirting, conversation and dancing.
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To Sir John Fleming Leicester Bar.t This Plate of the Sleeping Nymph
To Sir John Fleming Leicester Bar.t This Plate of the Sleeping Nymph From the original Picture in his possession is by permission respectfully dedicated by his very obliged & obedient Serv.t W.m Ward.
Painted by John Hoppner Esq.r R.A. Engraved by Will.m Ward Engraver to H.R.H. the Duke of York.
Published Jan.y 20, 1808 by the Engraver. No 24 Buckingham Place, Fitzroy Square.
Mezzotint. 530 x 630mm.
Said to be Georgina Maria Cottin (1794-1859), who married the painting's owner in 1810.
Frankau: 264. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 3292]   £960.00  
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[Venus, Cupid and Satyr.
[Venus, Cupid and Satyr. From the Original Picture painted by Luca Giordano, In the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire; To whom this plate is Dedicated, by his Grace's most Obliged, and most Obedient servant John Boydell.]
Luca Giordano Pinxit. R. Earlom delin.t. J. Boydell excudit 1767. F. Bartolozzi Sculpsit.
Engraving, scratched letter proof before title. Sheet 405 x 510mm (16 x 20"). Trimmed to plate, some surface wear in inscription area.
Venus, reclining on a couch, embraces the infant Cupid, with a maid to left and a satyr leaning in over the pillows to right. An elaborate crest under the image features stags and putti. Engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi from a preparatory drawing by Richard Earlom of a painting by Luca Giordano (1634 - 1705), and published as part of the series 'The Most Capital Paintings in England', Boydell's first major initiative as a publisher of fine engravings.
[Ref: 51826]   £260.00  
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