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Specimens of polyautography : consisting of impressions taken from original drawings made purposely for this work.

London : Published ... by P. André ... and J. Heath ..., 30th April 1803-[1807].

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  • Title:
    Specimens of polyautography : consisting of impressions taken from original drawings made purposely for this work.
  • Publisher Info.: London : Published ... by P. André ... and J. Heath ..., 30th April 1803-[1807].
  • Physical Desc.: [1] leaf, 34 art prints : lithograph, b&w ; 47 x 37 cm..
  • Language: English
  • Notes: Title page is for the first two series of lithographs issued by André. Additional series were issued by G.J. Vollweiler, some originating from the André enterprise, in "May 1806" together with reissue of the André sets and with a new t.p. Vollweiler's t.p. was afterward altered eliminating the 1806 date as the publication of series extended into 1807 according to dates on the lithographs. At head of André's title: By His Majesty's Royal Letters Patent.
    Series lithographs, mostly ca. 33 x23 cm. (or conversely ca. 23 x 33 cm.), are mounted within aquatint frames (bistre for André's, yellow for Vollweiler's), impressions ca. 42.5 x 31.5 cm. Mount edges have been gilded.
    The contents of these series as recorded by Man follow. Asterisks represent a Man-designated plate missing but having a substitute as listed. Collection has Man number citations pencilled on.
    Vollweiler's title pages are not included in this collection but his t.p. for the fourth series announced that he has succeeded as patentee. André's t.p. has annotated in ink the date "30th", "N.2" left center, and "Price 10/6" right center. The title lithograph, 16 x 23 cm., is mounted without frame and features a cupid, pen and ink in hands inscribing calligraphic decorations on the title marker set in shrubbery.
    Getty set, contained in a maroon cloth-covered box upon which an earlier marbled album cover with leather spine and gold-tooled label has been mounted, consists of 25 lithographs from the several series and 11 additional lithographs, some unidentified by Man, and 3 pen-and-ink sketches.
    Some conflicting evidence based largely on watermarked paper contests the assignment by Man of certain of these lithographs, e.g., Cooper's Ruined abbey, which is described as a first state on an André mount and reassigned to Ser. 2 (as a seventh print); Fischer's Landscape with men in armor on an unwatermarked mount with wash border; Serres' Marine scene on laid paper with watermark Three crescent imperial does not coincide with the set to which Man assigns the work.
    André's bistre aquatint borders comprise the mounts for Ser. 1-2, Vollweiler's yellow borders serve Ser. 4-5. The 2 prints of Ser. 6 (here) have a watercolored border (Fischer's) and an André border (Cooper's). Some of Vollweiler's lithographs carry the legend: London, printed from stone at the polyautgraphic office, No. 9 Buckingham-Place, Fitzroy-Square.
    Additional prints in the collection mounted in pencilled and watercolored borders on reused mounts include that of a boy in a boat beached near two dwellings, the print sharply trimmed (of a signature? one of the Varleys?) and proposed as M140; another, a disrobed female lounging by a tree, saluted by two putti and approached from a distance by a satyr, noted on the verso in pencil, H[enry] Tresham; a third by Richard Cooper (1802) of a woman seated on a fallen tree trunk gazing at a wooded landscape, which she is possibly sketching; followed by a muse with palette serenaded by a lyre-playing angel, signed J. Fischer 1803 with monogram in left lower corner and marked on verso No. 70; two H.B. Ker lithographs, Study of a beech 1807 and and a cottage with pencilled notation: birth place of Burns, the latter without a pencil and watercolor border. A final contribution is print of a countryhouse in a landscape of verdant hills, a passing river with sailboat and on the near shore a man, with staff?, a crook?, accompanied by two dogs. Hexagonal trimming may have eliminated corner details. Mounted on brown paper and accompanied by a loose, used mount.
    Also in the box are three mounted pen-and-ink landscape drawings, two with the wash borders, and one with a pencilled "Harrow."
    From the Leonard B. Schlosser collection of illustrated books.
    Ser. 1: West, Benjamin, Angel of resurrection (1801) and This is my beloved son* (1802); Stothard, Thomas, Lost apple; Warwick, Henry Richard Greville, Landscape with old trees by water; Cooper, Richard, Landscape with large trees (1802); Corbould, Richard, Old trees with old man, a girl and a dog (1802). -- Ser. 2: Fuseli, Henry, Woman sitting by a window; Hearne, Thomas, Old tree; Barry, James, Eastern Patriarch; Barker, Thomas, Young boy seated; Gessner, Conrad, Cavalry charging; Delamotte, William A., Resting men and dogs under a big tree.
    Ser. 3: (Represented by a single lithograph) Serres, John Thomas, Marine -- Ser. 4: Singleton, Henry, Oriental with beard; Pyne, William H. Old cottages; Utterson, Edward Vernon, Knight in armor on horseback; Barker, Thomas, Tilemakers; West, Raphael Lamar, Study of a tree; Havell, William, Landscape with trees, girl crossing footbridge -- Ser. 5: Fuseli, Henry, Rape of Ganymed; Study of an oak tree*; Munn, P.S., Old water mill; Ker, H.B., Landscape with large tree, castle on left (1806); Samuel, George, Study of an old oak tree; Hills, Robert, Cattle resting (1807) -- Ser. 6: Fischer, Joseph, Landscape with men in armor; Cooper, Richard, Ruined abbey among trees.
  • References: Man, F.H. Lithography in England in: Prints selected by C. Zigrosser, p. 97-130; Twyman, M. Lithography in England, 1800-1856, chap. 3; Mackenzie, Ian. British prints
  • Form/Genre: Lithographs -- England -- 19th century
  • Subjects: Lithography -- England -- 19th century -- Specimens Lithography, English -- Specimens Lithographers -- England
  • Contributors: André, Philipp. Vollweiler, G. J. Heath, James, 1757-1834.
  • LC Call Number: NE47.6 A73 1803
  • ID/Accession Number: 1394-967
  • OCLC Record Number: 83029468

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