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SYKES (Sir Mark Masterman)
A Catalogue of the Highly Valuable Collection of Prints, The Property of the Late Sir Mark Masterman Sykes, Bart. of Sledmore House and Settrington in the County of York. Part the First [-Fifth]. Which will be Sold by Auction, By Mr. Sotheby.
London: J. Davy for Mr. Sotheby, 1824. 5 Parts in one, 4to (275 x 220 mm), [4], 94, [4]; [4], 17, [3]; viii, [2], 99, [5]; [4], 53, [3]; [4], iv, 58pp., wide-margin copy, engraved portrait frontis., (a little spotted), all lots annotated in a neat contemporary hand with prices realised and buyers' names, MS biograpgy of Sir Mark Masterman Sykes copied from the Gentleman's Magazine April 1823 on front free-endpaper, cont. half morocco, marbled boards, rubbed, re-backed with original spine laid-down corners bumped, uncut, top edge gilt a very good copy. Sykes's collection of old master and modern prints was on as impressive scale as his library. Some 4500 lots were sold over a period of ten months for nearly £18,000. On succeeding to the Estate a difficult decision had to be made by Sir Tatton Sykes. "A large sum of money had to be raised to pay off the considerable debt with which the Estate was encumbered. He did not wish to sell any land since this was the main source of the family's income and he was reluctant to part with his horses or hounds which represented his favourite pastime. This left his brothers works of art and his books. Though he had no trouble coming to a decision about the former, which comprised Italian paintings, sculptures, medals and coins, and a collection of some 50,000 prints "believed to be the rarest and best selected assemblage, particularly of portraits, of any private collection in the Kingdom", he has greater difficulty when it came to the latter, knowing the passion Mark had felt for them It is said that when the day came when the decision fi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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