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CORNELIS APOSTOOL [1762-1844] Dutch Artist.
This Plate Representing a Meeting of The Society of Royal British Archers Gwersyllt Park, Denbighshire. Ladies practising archery in parkland with tents, trees and spectators, after John Emes [1762-c.1809] and Robert Smirke [1752-1845].
1755. Etching with aquatint, laid down, some browning, small tears around edges, two corners damaged, Sir Foster Cunliffe [1755-1834] of Acton Park, near Wrexham founded the Society of British Bowmen in 1787. Originally there were 74 members: 37 ladies and 37 gentlemen. Meetings were held fortnightly from the first Friday in May in the grounds of nearby country houses including Erddigg. This print is dedicated to George, Prince of Wales who was the patron of the society. The original drawing is in the British Museum. Prints of archery meetings are rare: this would appear to be the earliest recorded.
Bookseller: R.G. Watkins Books and Prints [United Kingdom]
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