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Specimens of Polyautography

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  • Title (series)

    • Specimens of Polyautography
  • Description

    Cavalry charge, two officers riding at centre with swords drawn; legs and severed head of a dead man at far right. 1803
    Lithograph, mounted on sheet with aquatint border in ochre

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  • Date

    • 1803
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 234 millimetres
    • Width: 322 millimetres (image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Initialled and dated in the stone at lower right: 'R.K.P. 1803'.
  • Curator's comments

    See Felix Man, in 'Print' edited by C. Zigrosser 1962, p.125, cat.121.

    For comment on Fisher's collection see 1874,0711.904.

    Published in 'Specimens of Polyautography', which was, according to Man, "the most important publication of early lithographs in England". The first issue was published by Philipp André in 1803. Six parts of six prints were planned but in the event only two parts appeared. The prints were originally mounted on large sheets with a dark brown aquatint border. A separate title-page was published with this first issue, showing a lithographic stone and a cupid writing on it.
    The second issue was published by Vollweiler in 1806-7. It included the twelve prints published by André in 1803, plus an additional 24 lithographs, forming six sets of six prints. The prints were mounted in a similar fashion, but with ochre borders replacing the dark brown. The sets were bound in a blue/grey wrapper, lettered: "By His Majesty's Royal Lettered Patent, / and Under the Patronage of Her Majesty / and Their Royal Highness the Princess. / Specimens of Polyautography / Consisting of Impressions / taken from / Original Drawings / made on stone, purspoely for this Work. / London / Published May 1806 by G. J. Vollweiler, Patentee, Successor to Mr,, André, / No. 9, Buckingham-Place, Fitzroy Square. / Prince 10/6", and each with set number.
    The complete set of the second issue is in a bound volume of early lithographs in the BM, with the wrapper for the third set. See 190*.b.01.


  • Location

    Not on display (190*.b.1)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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