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BOOK OF ETCHINGS FROM PAPERS CUT BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LADY TEMPLETON IN THE COLLECTION OF HER MAJESTY
J. F. Tomkins, London 1790 - Young Women, Children, and Cupids, All Done Charmingly on Bright Orange Paper. 191 x 246 mm (7 1/2 x 9 11/16"). 2 p.l. bound in (a blank and engraved title), followed by plates (then two bound-in blanks at the end). FIRST EDITION. Contemporary or early 19th century paper wrappers backed with apparently original green buckram, the wrappers containing the loosely inserted plates. WITH 12 CHARMING ETCHINGS BY TOMKINS printed on orange paper and tipped onto thin laid paper. Wrappers with just a little wear (much less than would be expected), blank leaf at rear with two one-inch cuts near hinge, but THE PLATES IN VERY FINE CONDITION, especially fresh and bright, and the entire fragile item remarkably well preserved. This is a charming little book of engravings by Peltro William Tomkins (1759-1840), who learned engraving from the great Francis Bartolozzi--an association noted with pride on a number of Tomkins' plates. According to the DNB, "he engraved a large number of plates for a variety of publishers [and] . . . Gave drawing lessons to the daughters of George III." This work is dedicated to Queen Charlotte, consort of George III--a politic gesture, as Tomkins was later appointed historical engraver to Her Majesty. The vignettes all feature young women with children and cupids, all dressed in the shepherdess style made fashionably by Marie Antoinette. All are tender, touching, and domestic, and most are light-hearted; one, however--showing a grieving mother visiting the grave of her child with the little one's faithful dog--is heartbreaking. The original designs were the work of Elizabeth Upton, Baroness Templetown, an Irish peeress who also produced a book of etchings (similarly engraved by Tomkins) as a birthday gift for the queen's youngest child, Princess Amelia. The fact the plates here were cut neatly from the book suggests that a former owner perhaps considered framing them at some point. Whatever the case, both the plates and the wrapper are extremely well preserved, particularly for an item of this sort. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
Last Found On: 2013-12-03           Check availability:      IberLibro    

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