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Evans's English Bards & Scotch Reviewers; George Gordon, sixth Lord Byron (fourth edition, 1811); album bound in tooled green moroccan leather with Evans's bookplate, featuring an eagle with wings raised, inserted into inside front cover. Extra-illustrated with 164 prints, mostly portraits, 8 portrait drawings and some topography, and presented in 1886 (see the register 1886-11-22-5). There is an index on blue slips.Extra-illustrated 1819.
Select portraits of literary portraits include Lord Byron, Alexander Pope, John Dryden, John Milton and his daughters (Benjamin Smith after George Romney), William Wordsworth, S.T. Coleridge (engraved by H.Meyer), Shakespeare and Robert Bloomfield.
Select portraits of politicians include Percy Clinton Sydney Smythe, 6th Viscount Strangford.
Portraits of singers and actors include David Garrick, Signora Collini and Madame Catalani and Lady Hamilton as Cassandra (engraved by Caroline Watson).
Select topography includes 'Pope's Villa' (Engraved by John Pye after a painting by J.M.W. Turner), 'Front View of New St Luke's Hospital late erected in Old Street Road', 'A Perspective View of Queens, University and All Souls Colleges in Oxford', 'Bristol' (engraved by J.Walker) and 'Sheffield' (engraved by J.Walker).
Drawings include 'Arthur's Seat near Edinbro' by Mrs Carpenter and 'The Revd. T Beresford' by Caroline Joseph from a miniature in the possession of his sister Mrs Parsons.
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- 1819 (Extra-Illustrated)
Height: 425 millimetres (album sheet)
Width: 273 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The portrait of Strangford was inserted in Evans's "English Bards ...." in 1819. It is placed adjacent to the passage where Byron accused Strangford of plagiarism in his publication of "Poems from the Portuguese of Camoens"; Strangford had the plate for this print destroyed so that it would not be used in this way by extra-illustrators (see Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, 1873-76, p. 520, where the print is attributed to Scriven; information from Bernard Nurse).
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