d'Orsay

[Count d'Orsay, French painter and dandy, who had a celebrated liaison with the Countess of Blessington.] Autograph Signature (‘Alf Cte. d’Orsay’) with seal in red wax.

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Count d'Orsay [Alfred Guillaume Gabriel Grimod d'Orsay, comte d'Orsay] (1801-1852), French painter and dandy, who had a celebrated liaison with Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849)
D'Orsai
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No date or place.
£56.00
D'Orsai

See his entry (for some unaccountable reason, being a Frenchman) in the Oxford DNB, as that of his amante the Countess of Blessington. The liaison between the two was notorious and much celebrated. Evidently given in response to a request for an autograph, and presented with an eye for the visual impact, with no additional text. Good firm bold ebullient signature, ‘Alf Cte. d’Orsay’, with double flourish, betneath seal in red wax. On 11 x 15 cm piece of paper. In good condition, but laid down on a second piece of paper, with some ruckling.

[Count d'Orsay] Autograph Note Signed d'Orsay, in French, to [Charritie?], brief, about dinner engagement with politenesses..

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Count d'Orsay [Alfred Guillaume Gabriel Grimod d'Orsay, comte d'Orsay (1801–1852), French amateur artist, dandy, and man of fashion.]
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No place, 29 June 1841.
£28.00

One page, trimmed, 11 x 12cm, glue stains on verson (blank), right edge sl. roughened. Je suis charme de diner avec vous Jeudi le 8 - Presentez mes hommages a Madame et croyez toujours a mon ancienne amitie.

Four ink drawings, portraits in the style of Daniel Maclise's illustrations to William Maginn's 'Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters' in Fraser's Magazine, and possibly depicting John Nichols, Theodore Hook, Percival Bankes and William Jerdan.

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[Daniel Maclise; William Maginn; John Nichols; Theodore Hook; William Jerdan; Percival Bankes; Count D'Orsay; David Moir; James Fraser]
Four ink drawings, portraits in the style of Daniel Maclise
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London; 1820s and 1830s?
£450.00
Four ink drawings, portraits in the style of Daniel Maclise

Fraser's Magazine launched in London in February 1830, and to begin with its most popular feature was Maginn's 'Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters', with illlustrations by Maclise (collected in book form in 1873). The four portraits, all busts, are somewhat reminiscent of those in that work, but must be earlier if the identification of John Nichol, who died in 1828, is correct. The four are on separate pieces of paper, laid down 2 X 2 (with the four sitters looking inwards towards the centre of the page) on a leaf torn from an album.

The Collection of Autograph Letters and Historical Documents formed by Alfred Morrison (Second Series, 1882-1893). The Blessington Papers.

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[Alfred Morrison (1821-1897), English collector of autograph material; Marguerite, Countess of Blessington; Alfred Guillaume Gabriel, Count D'Orsay; Gore House]
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Printed for Private Circulation. 1895. [London: Printed by Strangeways & Sons, Tower Street, Cambridge Circus, W.C.]
£100.00

Quarto: ii + 234 pp. In original grey boards and cloth spine, with chipped white label. Unopened. Good, with slightly discoloured endpapers. Extensive transcriptions from the Countess of Blessington's correspondence, the writers ranging from Mrs Abell ('Napoleon's pet English child at St. Helena') to Nathaniel Parker Willis.

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