[Sketch Book;] Characters taken on the Oxford Circuit.

Bellamy (W.H.)

[Sketch Book;] Characters taken on the Oxford Circuit.

Description: some 72 subjects, pencil studies (gone over with a fixative - ?gum arabic), bust or half length of men and women in the dock or witness box and lawyers and judges &c, on 23 leaves, all captioned, the inside front cover signed, dated, and inscribed with artist's address (38 John St, Bedford Row), title and dedication to Francis Justice of Abbey House [Berkshire/Oxfordshire], some leaves excised, a few blank, original roan backed vellum tipped marbled boards, lettered in ink on the upper cover, a little shaken and worn, good

Publication Details: 1824

Notes: Subtitled 'Characters but no Caricatures', which is an apt description of the portraits. The majority are in various categories: bumpkin, juryman, witness, 'one of the fair sex', a snob, &c, sometimes with pithy comments on personalities or foibles, and some are a little sly. They verge on the caricature in such an instance as 'a rare brandy nose', but otherwise are forthright depictions of real characters, drawn with care and empathy. Only a few subjects are named, one being James Stamp Sutton Cooke, 'the principal actor in the farce of the Stafford Peerage.' Another is identified as a descen...more

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Price: £2,000

Subject: Art & Architecture

Published Date: 1824

Stock Number: 66694

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