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Reid 4794. Letterpress pamphlet with an etched frontispiece illustration entitled: 'Life of the late Thomas Coutts, Esq. Banker in the Strand.'
Lettered on the title-page:
"Life of the late Thomas Coutts, Esq. Banker, in the Strand with biographical and entertaining anecdotes, of his first wife Betty Starky, and of the present Mrs. Coutts. By a person of the first respectability. To which is added, an account of the manner in which his immense property has been bequeathed. London: Printed and Published by John Fairburn, Broadway, Ludgate-Hill. [Price Sixpence.] 1822."
The frontispiece illustration, Reid 1068, is a bust length portrait of Coutts. Lettered below the illustration:
"Thomas Coutts, Esq.r Died Feb 24, 1822, Aged 87. Published March 1822 by John Fairburn, Broadway, Ludgate Hill."
Lettered at the end of the text "Printed and published by John Fairburn, Broadway, Ludgate Hill."
With an advertisement for 'A biographical and historical addenda' to 'The life of Thomas Coutts' on the back page.
Letterpress and etching
Height: 222 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 131 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Bound together in a volume of 9 pamphlets entitled 'Tracts Illustrated by G. Cruikshank. 1816-1857.' 184.f.10. The pamphlets have been acquired from various sources.
A 'Biographical and historical addenda to the life of Thomas Coutts , esq' including a copy of his will and another publication entitled, 'Authentic memoirs of the lives of Mr and Mrs Coutts' both without illustrations, were acquired by the museum along with 'The life of the late Thomas Coutts, Esq. Banker in the Strand.' See 1869, 0213.67.2 and 1869.0213.67.3.
Reid (1068) describes the frontispiece illustration as:
"A very careful three quarter length of the aged banker. The face, finished in stipple, is nearly full, and turned slightly to the right, with spectacles resting on the forehead."
Cohn (167) states: "In the Douglas copy the plate was stated by G.C. to be by his brother,* but the work looks very much like that of George and so it was ascribed by Douglas in his bibliography."
*Presumably Isaac Robert Cruikshank also known as Robert Cruikshank.
Cohn states that the portrait accompanied Fairburn's addenda to the life of Coutts but the portrait is bound with 'The life of the late Thomas Coutts, Esq. Banker in the Strand.' The addenda was published seperately and the Department of Prints and Drawings' copy is not illustrated.
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