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Archibald Bower Esq.r.
Archibald Bower Esq.r.
George Knapton pinx.t. J.s Mc.Ardell fecit.
[n.d., c.1760.]
Mezzotint. 350 x 250 (14 x 10"), with large margins, ink stamp of the Duke of Cambridge's collection lower right.
A portrait of Scottish historian Archibald Bower (1686-1766) shown in his library. A religious controversialist and historical writer born near Dundee, Bower entered the Society of Jesus in Rome and lectured at Jesuit colleges in Italy before suddenly leaving Perugia to return to England, allegedly having been discovered in a love affair with a nun. In England Bower converted to the Church of England and wrote about bibliographic history and ancient Rome. His 'History of the Popes', a violent attack on papal supremacy, was published between 1748 and the 1760s. During the publication of the work letters emerged purporting to show that despite his protestant zeal Bower was flirting with Catholicism, shattering his reputation.
CS 27 (only state); Whitman 174 ii/ii; L.151.
[Ref: 58003]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Thomas Carlyle.]
[Thomas Carlyle.]
T. Hamilton Crawford [pencil signature].
Published 1822 by The Museum Galleries, 26, Museum Street, London, W.C. Copyright.
Mezzotint on chine collé, printed in colours, signed by the engraver, remarque of a house, publisher's blind stamp lower left. 250 x 185mm (9¾ x 7¼") very large margins.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher, after a portrait by Sir John Everett Millais now in the National Portrait Gallery. Millais never finished the painting: according to the Earl of Carlisle a woman visiting his studio commented 'why you have not painted him as a philosopher or sage but as a rough-shire peasant. Millais laid down his palette and never touched the work afterwards'. In 1914 a suffragette, Anne Hunt, received six months prison for slashing the painting with a meat cleaver, protesting against the arrest of Mrs Pankhurst.
See NPG 968.
[Ref: 57859]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Mac Rimmon.
Mac Rimmon.
R. R. M.clan pinxit. L. Dickinson, Lith.
Printed by C. Graf. [n.d., c.1845]
Coloured lithograph, sheet 470 x 325mm (18½ x 12¾"). Dent in bottom left. Taped to cloth covered mount at corners.
A depiction of a MacCrimmon piper to MacLeod of MacLeod, illustrated by R. R. McIan, from The Clans of the Scottish Highlands, published in 1845. The MacCrimmons were a Scottish family that were pipers to the chiefs of Clan MacLeod for several generations. Robert Ronald McIan (1803 1856), also Robert Ranald McIan, was a Scottish actor and painter. He is best known for romanticised depictions of Scottish clansmen, their battles and domestic life.
[Ref: 58002]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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Sir William Wallace. General and Governor of Scotland. 1300.
Sir William Wallace. General and Governor of Scotland. 1300. 25.
J. Kay 1819.
Etching. 125 x 90mm (5 x 3½"), with large margins. Letterpress '25' outside plate. Some spotting.
Half-length portrait of Sir William Wallace (1272?-1305), Scottish patriot, in armour with baton in hand.
[Ref: 57950]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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