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Letterhead for Blundell's School, Tiverton

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0822.1633

  • Title (object)

    • Letterhead for Blundell's School, Tiverton
  • Description

    Invitation to a dinner for former pupils of William Rayner at Blundell's School, Tiverton, with a vignette showing, on the left, small boys reading and, on the right, in front of a bookcase, Minerva pointing a boy towards the school while another boy assists Mercury to water a tree growing a pot. The frame around the vignette is topped by a fountain referring to the motto, "In patriam populumque fluxit"; another motto, "Utrique unus et ex uno stemmate surgis honos", on a ribbon below. The invitation engraved below with the names of eight stewards, and the price of the dinner, "10s.6d." 1726 Etching and engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1726
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 220 millimetres
    • Width: 156 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image, "W. Hogarth scul." and with other lettering as described.
        Wax seal at lower right with heraldic device (damaged).
  • Curator's comments

    Paulson notes that the invitation must have been made between 1725 when "Old Boys' Day" at Blundell's School was established (according to M L Banks, "Blundell's Worthies", 1904, p.55) and Rayner's death in 1730; the only intervening year when 7 September fell on a Wednesday was 1726. The date is altered to Wednesday 1st September [1728] in a later state, see 1842,0806.404.

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  • Bibliography

    • Paulson 1989 104 bibliographic details
    • Paulson 1965/70 105 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Mounted Roy

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0822.1633


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