Grosvenor Prints, catalogue n°105

Grosvenor Prints, catalogue n°105

Grosvenor Prints has the pleasure in putting out Winter Miscellany: Catalogue 105 !

[The] Sweets of Liberty. 45.
Painted by J. Collet. Engrav’d by S. Okey.
Publish’d according to Act of Parliament May 31st 1770 and Sold by S. Okey the engraver [illegible, but also Reake, John Smith & John Swan].
An extremely rare mezzotint with engraving, with hand colour. Sheet 465 x 520mm (18¼ x 20½”). Trimmed close to plate, tear affecting title, some surface wear with parts of the inscription area illegible.
A scene outside the Fleet Prison with sellers selling ballads in support of John Wilkes, centred on a young woman holding up a ballad ‘An irregular Ode to Wilkes & Liberty’. A buyer has ’45’ chalked on his back by a boy. On the left another woman presses ‘Wilkes & Bull’ on an unwilling Scotsman and behind a woman sells ‘Parson Horne & the Devil’ to prisoners reaching out through a barred window of the prison.
Not in BM but see 1872,1012.4775 for a smaller format version, ‘The City Chanters’, also engraved by Okey. Royal Academy 17/914.
[Ref: 55366] £1,450.00

The Death of General Wolfe at Quebec.
[after Edward Penny.]
London, Printed for R.Sayer & J. Bennett, No. 53 Fleet Street, as the Act directs, 10th Oct.r 1779.
Rare mezzotint with strong original colour. 350 x 245mm (13¾ x 9¾”). Some wear to the top margin, with repairs.
Wolfe being attended by the Surgeon Robert Adair, having been shot during the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, prior to the British taking Quebec during the Seven Years’ War.
[Ref: 55309] £850.00

The Quadrangular Passion Flower.
Henderson pinx.t. Hopwood sculp.t.
London. Published by Dr Thornton June 1st 1802.
Aquatint with stipple, printed in colours and hand-finished. Sheet 520 x 405mm (20½ x 16″). Trimmed within plate, small tear in top edge.
Published in Thornton’s ‘Temple of Flora’, the first series of flower prints to have the plant in its natural habitat. Although originally from South America the plant is shown here climbing a column, with a Grecian temple in the background.
State iii of iii. Dunthorne, p.251: “One of the best examples of colour printing”.
[Ref: 55285] £950.00

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