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Original printed titlepage of George Vertue and Horace Walpole's collection titled 'Portraits of English Painters collected by Mr Vertue and Mr Walpole; and ranged according to their Anecdotes of Painting in England. Vol.1'; with a vignette of the house at Stawberry Hill, and pasted on at the bottom a circular engraved medievalising 'Sigillum Horacii Comitis de Orford'
Letterpress and etching
- Height: 402 millimetres
- Width: 215 millimetres (whole sheet (now laid down))
- Height: 96 millimetres
- Width: 126 millimetres (vignette only)
Inscription ContentLetterpress titlepage; the etching is not signed
In 1852 the BM acquired from the dealer Evans the remains of Walpole's albums of porrtraits of artists (see 1852,0214.265 to 381). The album was included in the 1842 Strawberry Hill sale, and many sheets had been extracted by the trade: the sheets in the BM all have prices added to them. The BM then broke up the remains of the album, and distributed the prints within the series of portraits, where most of them remain, often with annotations in Walpole's hand. This is the titlepage; the original label for the album is bound in the letterbook 'Letters 1802-1847'. For a page that remains intact with portraits of Liotard, see 1852,0214.357 to 359. A supplementary sub-title 'Artists living since the Anecdotes of Painting were finished, and therefore not mentioned' is to be found pasted to the verso of 1852,02114.280 (a portrait of Mrs Thomas Hudson).
The sheets were printed at the Strawberry Hill Press, and another proof sheet is listed in A.T.Hazen 'A bibliography of the Strawberry Hill Press', 2nd ed. 1973, p.258 no.54 (he did not know these BM sheets).It should be possible to find out who etched the plate of the buildings of Strawberry Hill.
See Antony Griffiths in 'Print Quarterly', XVII 2000, pp.290-2
Material for the History of Print Collecting and Usage Unmou
2009/10 Oct-Jan, New Haven, YCBA, Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill
2010 Mar-Jul, London, V&A, Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill
14 August 2009
Surface clean margins. Repair tears. Hinge to temporary mount (to go back in sequence of portraits).
Title page of a book pasted down at all 4 edges to album page. Margins of album page dirty: black surface dirt at top edge, more ingrained dirt along right edge from page being turned over in album. Tears and creases along edges.
Margins of recto and verso cleaned with chemical sponge and Staedtler Mars Plastic shaped eraser. Tears repaired and creases supported with Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste. Humidified over capillary matting and Gore-Tex in a chamber. Pressed between blotters.Temporarily mounted into a Royal overthrow of 3ply Heritage Conservation board and hinged in using Japanese paper adhered with Culminal (non-ionic cellulose ether).
- Topographic representation of: Strawberry Hill
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Greater London,Richmond upon Thames,Strawberry Hill)
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