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May 2018

Thornton: Flora Dispensing Her Favours  on the Earth. 1812. An original colour antique mixed-method engraving. 9" x 13". [FLORAp3136]
Flora Dispensing Her Favours on the Earth. 1812

Dr Robert Thornton

The Temple of Flora, 1799-1807.

At the end of the 18th century Dr Robert Thornton, an enthusiastic amateur botanist who had come into a substantial inheritance, sought to produce a botanical work that would be ‘a National Honour’.  The Temple of Flora was based on the ideas of Carl Linnaeus and from 1799-1807 about thirty plates were published. Thornton put every penny into his vision, which ended in financial disaster. In an attempt to salvage some of his fortune he obtained the permission of Parliament to organise a lottery, with twenty-thousand tickets at two guineas each and prizes valued at £77,000, even producing a smaller edition of The Temple of Flora as a lottery prize. Sadly it ended in failure, and when Thornton died in 1837, his family was destitute.

Today, the Temple of Flora is generally held to be one of the finest illustrated botanical works ever produced and is a splendid testament to the passion of Robert Thornton.

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April 2018

Jones & Co: Foreign Service. c1886. An original antique chromolithograph. 13" x 18". [MILp9]
Foreign Service: India and South Africa. Cavalry and Infantry.

William Jones & Co

Standard Uniforms & Patterns, c1886

During The Napoleonic Wars an obsession arose in military style and uniforms amongst the warring nations of Europe, a legacy that is reflected in all aspects of men’s attire today from the three piece suit to the lace up shoe. With the defeat of Napoleon English tailors surpassed their continental colleagues in part assisted by earlier pioneers in men’s style such as George ‘Beau’ Brummel, late of the Royal Hussars and creator of the Regency silhouette.

In the latter part of the 19th century William Jones & Co were the leading suppliers of military uniforms, accoutrements, cap badges and swords. This unusual folio issued around 1886, exemplifies the very best of bespoke military tailoring whilst capturing the depth of colour and intricacy in design that could be achieved with fine chromolithographs.

To see more of our  original antique Military and Naval prints, please click on the link  Military & Naval  For enquiries and purchases, please do contact us.

March 2018

Cheret: Music. 1896. An original antique chromolithograph. 6" x 9". [DECp18329]
Music: Part of the ‘Four Arts’ experimental series by Jules Cheret.

Jules Chéret 

Les Affiches Illustrés, 1896 and Les Affiches étrangères illustrées, 1897

 

Known as the father of the modern poster, Jules Cheret was also in his time referred to as the father of female liberation. From his studio in Paris he offered a different vision of women, reflecting the increasing changes in aspirations at a time when women were still unable to vote. Cheret’s studies of fashionable women soon became a familiar and much admired aspect of the streets of Paris, and are in part credited with the less constrained atmosphere in Paris for women. Known as Cherettes, elegant, exuberant and often daring, these figures influenced an entire generation of women who previously had been limited to two dimensional representations – puritan or prostitute. Cheret was instrumental in changing the way in which women were depicted, and increasingly the imagery became more dynamic.

To see more original antique Cheret posters, please click on the link Jules Chéret  For enquiries and purchases, please do contact us.

 

February 2018

London Magazine: New York City. 1761. An original antique copper engraving. 21" x 7". [USAp4846].
New York City from Brooklyn Heights: State Street to Catherine Street with the stockade at far right that would become Wall Street. After the four sheet engraving by William Burgis 1717, one of the earliest views of New York City. With key.

The London Magazine 

1761-2

The London Magazine, or Gentleman’s Monthly Intelligence was founded in 1732 to rival the Gentleman’s Magazine, or Trader’s Monthly Intelligencer, which had been founded the year before.  These ‘magazines’, a new term, were much broader in their scope than the current periodicals, and were a source of domestic and foreign affairs, political commentary, art, literature, history, science and numerous miscellaneous subjects. The readership was also broader, appealing to a burgeoning middle class, with participation encouraged via submissions and contests.

The three colonial panoramas below are rare examples of the illustrations that accompanied the London Magazine, and some of the earliest views available to the collector.

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London Magazine: Philadelphia. 1761. An original antique copper engraving. 21" x 7". [USAp4848]
Philadelphia: From present day South Street to Chestnut Street with vignettes of the Battery and the State House (Independence Hall) . After Thomas Jeffry’s modification of George Heap’s 1754 4 sheet engraving commissioned by Thomas Penn. With key.
London Magazine: Charleston. 1762. An original antique copper engraving. 21" x 7". [USAp4847]
Charleston: Looking across the Cooper River from Granville Bastion to Craven’s Bastion. After Bishop Roberts’s 1749 view, the earliest known view of Charleston. With key.
London Magazine: New York City. 1761. An original antique copper engraving. 21" x 7". [USAp4846].
New York City from Brooklyn Heights: State Street to Catherine Street with the stockade at far right that would become Wall Street. After the four sheet engraving by William Burgis 1717, one of the earliest views of New York City. With key.

December 2017

Vanity Fair: The Winning Post. 1888. An original antique chromolithograph. 21" x 18". SPORTSp3589
The Winning Post: Jockeys John Osborne, Tom Cannon, John Watts, Fred Webb, Fred Barrett, George Barrett, William Robinson and Fred Rickaby with Sir Astley and Judge Clark in the background. By the racing caricaturist LIB (Liberio Prosperi).

The Winning Post

Liberio Prosperi, Vanity Fair, 1888.

The Sport of Kings was brought to Great Britain by the Romans and developed considerably over the centuries. Initially owners, the majority of whom were aristocratic, rode their own horses but as racing became more organised increasingly employed their grooms to ride. The first formal race was held at Newmarket in the reign of Charles II, and more racecourses soon followed including Ascot in 1711. By the mid-19th century, racing was entrenched as a national event and jockeys, once little more than servants, were elevated in prominence to appear with the great and the good in the society magazine, Vanity Fair.

Liborio Prosperi, an Italian caricaturist who specialised in racing, drew his fantasy race with eight of 1888’s most successful jockeys, amassing 615 wins between them including the 108 wins of that year’s Champion Jockey, Fred Barrett. To the left are course judge and designer, John Clark and one of the greatest patrons of the turf, Sir John Astley.

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November 2017

Wolf:Leopard and Panther. 1861. An original colour antique lithograph. 15" x 11" [NATHISp7493]
Leopards: Felis leopardis. The Panther from Malaysia and the Leopard from Morocco. Drawn from life at the Zoological Society’s Vivarium.

Joseph Wolf

Zoological Sketches, 1861

Joseph Wolf was one of the most accomplished natural history artists working in London during the mid-19th century. Wolf’s Zoological Sketches were commissioned by the Zoological Society of London and published in parts from 1856-67 to provide a record of the rare species living in the society’s Vivarium.

Wolf was particularly noted for his explorations of animals and birds in relation to environment and his treatment of his subject as distinct and individual rather than an exemplar of species or extension of human sentiment. He set his subjects within a natural habitat albeit romanticised for dramatic effect. These original colour lithographs are an enduring testament to a passionate and lyrical talent heralded by critics and colleagues alike as the ‘greatest living animal painter’.

 

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October 2017

Trench: St Paul's. An original antique lithograph. 23" x 9". [LDNp10473]
St.Paul’s: Thames view from St.Martin’s Ludgate Street to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Lieutenant Colonel Sir Frederick Trench 

Thames Views, 1825

Commissioned by Lt Col Trench to illustrate his proposals for the re-designing of the Embankment, these superbly detailed and annotated views were executed by the watercolourist Thomas Mann Baynes with the printing entrusted to the celebrated master of early lithography, Charles Hullmandel.  Hullmandel’s skillful handling of the medium was much appreciated by contemporaries and was of great importance in popularising lithography as a printing method; he was instrumental in introducing lithography into England and to this day his work ranks with the finest of any period.

Although Trench submitted his plans to Parliament in 1825, it was not for another forty years that his proposals were executed. The Embankment as it is today still corresponds closely to Trench’s designs.

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