Old Master Prints

Old Master Artists

Engraving after Merelle. Randall 13952. Image size 16 1/4 x 12 5/8 in, sheet 16 5/8 x 12 3/4 in.

$375.00

Engraving after Giorgione, 8 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches

$375.00

This is an original copper plate engraving by British artist William Hogarth.  The title is: The Times, Plate 1. It was created and printed on September 7, 1762.  This is a period printing done on early laid type paper.  It was "Published as the Act Directs.".  Signed and titled lower border. The image measures 8 5/8X11 5/8 inches, on a sheet size of 11 7/8X16 1/4 inches.   A rich impression in good shap apart from some unobtrusive foxing marks and a minor crease in the lower border.

(information on both plates, I and II...) 

"This pair of engravings have a complicated publishing history. The contemporary collector George Stevens (1736-1800) wrote on his copy of this state that it was ‘taken during the life time of Hogarth’, but it was not until June 1781 that he (according to Malone’s letter to Lord Charlemont) ‘ransacked Mrs. Hogarth's house for obsolete and unfinished plates’, so perhaps the inscription may be taken with a pinch of salt.(sic)

With The Times Plate I Hogarth took a decisive political, and at this time unpopular position to support the peace movement against the Seven Years' War (also called the French Indian War) spearheaded by King George III and his chief advisor, Lord Bute. Bute's opponent and leader of the Commons, William Pitt, supported the interests of the war and the economic profit derived from the colonial exploitations it permitted. In this first state Henry VIII (Pitt in later states) marches on stilts to fan the fires of war which the Union Officer of the King is trying to extinguish with a fire engine. William Beckford, the Lord Mayor and Pitt follower, who made a fortune through tobacco and sugar plantations in Jamaica, appears in the doorway on the left and points to a signboard advertising a naked Indian that reads 'Alive from America.' In the foreground women die of starvation in the street and a drunken fiddler plays his violin. Plate II of The Times depicts a more peaceful and prosperous Britain. Plants are nourished by water spouting from the monument of George III, with the elegant Lord Bute as the chief gardener of the State, controlling access to the King. A gigantic palette dangling from the facade of a newly-erected public building indicates that under the reign of the young King art flourishes. 'Ms Fanny' (a reference to the Cock Lane Ghost) and 'Wilkes', a fervent opponent of the King and Bute, appear in the pillory, while to the left those few members of Parliament who are still awake, including Pitt with bandaged legs, shoot at the dove of peace in the sky."

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This series of thirteen townscapes are images of shipping ports, market places, hotels, busy neighborhoods, historical buildings, castles, and cathedrals all surrounded by the element of water. They show the interplay and the importance of the waterways to the towns and their dependance on each other. Individual prints are titled in Dutch at the top center and were done c. 1660-1690.

$350.00

This 1623 engraving by Ottavio Leoni measures 5 5/8 x 4 3/8 inches. It is a portrait bust of the artist Antonio Tempesta in a 12 sided frame. Bartsch 38. A collection seal is stamped on the back. Leoni did a series of 12 engraved portraits of fellow artists including Michelangelo, which is the only documented portrait of him by another artist.

$350.00

Engraving, after the painting by Salvatore Rosa in the Imperial Gallery St. Petersburg; 1st state, pub. Nov.24,1767 No. 41,Boydel, London for the Houghton Gallery; plate size 20 1/4 x 14 7/8 inches; image size 18 1/4 x 14 1/16 inches;

$350.00

Engraving, image size: 15 x 17 inches, Dom Zampieri pinx, N Vanni del

$345.00

This is an original engraving by Pierre Lombart after the painting by Flemish Baroque artist Anthony Van Dyck. Image size 13 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches, published in Paris 1660, on an early laid type paper with thread margins, framed.

$325.00

Etching, image size 10 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches, c.1760, printed by Berghem.

$325.00

Engraving after Champagne, 1732, image size 13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in, sheet 14 3/4 x 10 5/8 in, Randall 3728, Fogg Museum provenance

$325.00

Engraving after Joshua Reynolds, published 1796, image size 13 x 10 3/4 inches, framed

$325.00

Engraving after Drouais. 1776. Randall 4545. Image size 13 15/16 x 9 1/2 in, sheet 14 3/8 x 9 9/16 in.

$325.00

This illustrative page from "The Great Mirror of Folly", 1720, was a volume of text with 76 engraved plates, documenting the international joint-stock scandal instigated by John Law. This great "Theater of Folly", representing the origin, progress, and downfall of the South Sea Bubble in France, England and Holland, is a collection of engraved plates with caricatures of the schemes of John Law and the Mississippi Company that lured clients to invest in establishing colonies in Louisiana and Canada with fatal results. Text below the image is in Dutch. An English description of the content of the book comes with this image.

Engraving after Rubens, image size 11 3/8 x 16 7/8 inches, printed by Gilles Hendriks. Bolswert "was on friendly terms with Rubens, whose paintings he reproduced with unsurpassable mastership." (Wurzbach I, 137 f.)

$325.00

This etching attributed to Nicolaes Berchem measures 10 1/4 x 8 1/8 inches. Berchem was a well-known Dutch painter and etcher who created many pastoral landscapes often with biblical themes.

$325.00