[ Laurence Sterne. ] Seven engraved illustrations (five to 'Tristram Shandy') from Kearsley's 'Beauties of Sterne'; with 'Antiochus irato', engraved by Cornelius Bloemart from Pietro da Cortona.
All items laid down on two leaves removed from an album. All in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The Bloemart print has been cut down to 21 x 31 cm., and is lightly creased. Taken from the 'Heroicae Virtutis Imagines', after the frescoes by Pietro da Cortona in the Sala di Venere of the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, it depicts Antiochus leaning over a pedestal at left, looking toward the priestess of Diana kneeling at centre. The seven Sterne prints (all called for), all on 8.5 x 15 cm leaves and with caption quotations beneath, are charming scenes from his works - five from 'Tristram Shandy', one from 'Sentimental Journey' and one with a small depiction of a scene from 'Tristram Shandy' beneath a reproduction of Reynold's portrait of Sterne. Also present is the cropped title-leaf of the book from which the engravings are taken. Five are marked 'Barlow sculp.' and two 'John Nixon fecit'. Also included is an unattributed and uncaptioned 21 x 16 cm chromolithograph portrait of the head and shoulders of a late-Victorian or Edwardian lady, with pearls and short hair, and fur-trimmed blue dress with red ribbon around the sleeve, viewed from behind the left shoulder.