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- Series: A book of caricaturas
Volume of caricature studies of heads with sixty plates:
1. Title page
2. Etched lettering: 'Difference between Character & Carricatura / Carricatura is the burlesque of Character, or an exaggeration of nature, when not very pleasing its a manner of drawing that has & still is held in great esteem both by the Italiens & French, some of our Nobility & Gentry at this time do equal, if not excel any thing of the kind that ever has been done in any other country, tis the most diverting species of designing & will certainly keep those that practise it out of the hippo [i.e., hypochondria], or Vapours & that it may have such an effect on her friends is the wish of M[ar]y Darly'
3. Etched lettering: 'Rules for Drawing all sorts of Carricaturas./ Observe what sort of a line forms the Phiz or Carrick, you want to describe wither its straight lind, externaly circular, internaly circular, or Ogee'd, when you have found out the line, then take notice of the parts as to their situation, projection & sinking, then by comparing your observations with the samples in the book delineate your Carrick giving it the proper touches till finish'd. keep constantly practising from this book till drawing in this manner becomes familiar & easy & is attended with pleasure.'
4. 'Noses': sixteen examples
5. 'Mouths': twelve examples
6. Three large male heads in profile with five smaller profiles
7. 'Straightlind Carrics': six examples of exaggeratedly vertical profiles to right
8. 'Angular Carrics': six examples of profiles to right with large noses and receding chins
9. 'Ogee Carrics': six examples of profiles following curving outlines
10. 'External circular Carrics': six circles each with a profile looking outwards on either side
11. 'Internal Circular Carrics': six circles each with a profile looking inwards on either side
The remainder of the pages contain examples of caricatured heads in a variety of styles, some evidently copied from other prints, e.g. nos 21, 26 and 27, after prints by Hollar copying caricatures by Leonardo (see 1858,0626.278, 1858,0626.272 and 1858,0626.273), and no.31 after one of Pierleone Ghezzi's caricatures in 'A Drawing Book of six Italian charicaturas' published in 1743by John Bowles (see 1928,1210.400).
Etchings, bound with tooled leather spine and boards covered with marbled paper.
- Production date
Height: 142 millimetres (approx. page size)
Height: 93 millimetres (plate mark (approx))
Width: 103 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 60 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The first four plates have been cut out around the plate mark and pasted on to sheets with vertical chain lines, the remainder are printed on sheets with horizontal chain lines, and large margins have been left around the plate marks. The volume was evidently rebound at the end of the 18th century, the final end paper is watermarked "JA 1795". A dealer's catalogue entry (no. 188) pasted inside the front cover prices the book at 15s.
Some notes and slight sketches by previous owners copying the caricatures.
The book ws advertised in the Public Advertiser, 2 October 1762: "This Day is published Price 4s. neatly stitched, Volume I, The Principles of Caricatura Drawing, on sixty Copper Plates, laid down in so pleasing and easy a Manner, that a young Genius may with Pleasure draw and Carick or droll Phiz in a short Time. Some of the Samples are from Leonarda da Vinci, and other ancient Masters; and several from the Taberbacles, New-Market &c. To be had of Mary Darly, in Ryder's Court, Cranbourne Alley, Leicester Fields; and at all the Print & Booksellers. Gentlemen & Ladies willing to have any Carick introduced., may send their Sketches as above, for the second Volume, and have them either Engrav'd, Etch'd or Dry-Needled, by their humble Servant. Engraving in general by Matthias Darly." (transcribed by Timothy Clayton)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from James G Commin
- Prints and Drawings
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