Laurence Sterne (1713-1769), Irish author of 'Tristram Shandy' [ C. and G. Kearsley [ Catharine and George Kearsley ]; John Barlow; John Nixon (1760-1818); Cornelius Bloemart; Pietro da Cortona ]
The seven Sterne illustrations from the twelfth edition of 'The Beauties of Sterne' (London: C. and G. Kearsley, Fleet-street, 1793). The Bloemart engraving published in Rome by Giovanni Giacomo De Rossi , circa 1677.
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.
'S. K. Cowan M.A.' [ Samuel Kennedy Cowan ]; J. N. Drummond
Without date or place. [ England, 1880s? ]
On a thick piece of shiny card, with rounded edges, 12.5 x 18cm. Aged, and with two dog eared corners and a 3cm closed tear (not affecting illustration). On one side is the chromolithographic illustration, with 'J. N. Drummond' in the bottom right-hand corner, showing an English rural landscape - more autumnal than winter - with river in the foreground and trees and viillage with church in the background.
English (each print 'Copyright Entered at Stationers Hall'). Circa 1888.
The four plates (each 29 x 23.5 cm) are loose and unframed, in fair condition, aged and worn, with no margins, chipping to the edges, and with the corners cut off at a diagonal. Each title written in pencil in a contemporary hand on the reverse of the print, each with a price of '6d'. The subjects are not depicted in unattractive style, and are certainly not grotesques, but they are shown as 'simple', untroubled individuals, with the usual happy, gleaming brown faces and shiny white teeth.
Dimensions 21 x 25 cm. No margin. No indication of artist, engraver, publisher or date. A good, clean image, with slight wear to extremities and evidence of previous mounting on reverse. A striking and attractive image, showing a young Napoleon, in dashing and colourful costume, his left hand extended towards an eagle perching on a branch of a tree behind him, and his right hand holding the left hand of an aged and dejected napoleon, seated on a rock in front of the tree, a stormy and windswept St Helena sea before him.