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John Boydell, Esq
Cadell & Davies, 21 June, London 1814 - Soft ground etching, plate size 380 x 325 mm. on a larger sheet; a very good impression, ex-library stamp to verso, together with the relevant letterpress. A fine portrait of the great publisher John Boydell (1720-1804), the most important print publisher of his day, and together with his daughter Mary and her husband George Nicol, the initial impetus behind the publication of John Webber's magnificent Views in the South Seas. Webber's colour-plate book of the Pacific, the only colour-plate book relating to Cook's voyages and the last of the great Cook publications, contained sixteen coloured aquatints, after Webber's drawings, and engraved by the artist himself. The portrait was done by Henry Meyer (1782-1847) after an original portrait by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828). In the Georgian era Webber was perhaps most famous for a Shakespeare project that included the establishment of a Shakespeare Gallery and the publication of an illustrated edition of Shakespeare's plays. He also became Lord Mayor of London.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
Last Found On: 2014-07-29           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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