This Work by Georgiana Duchess of Bedford was completed in (...)

Georgiana Russell (née Gordon), Duchess of Bedford

This Work by Georgiana Duchess of Bedford was completed in (...)

Description: fine illuminated (but unfinished) title-page on vellum, lettering in gilt, tipped onto an album leaf, 11 leaves with water-colour drawing, &c (see below) tipped in or laid down plus about 50 more leaves with a few later insertions, 4to, beautifully bound in contemporary burgundy morocco, outer borders of twin triple gilt fillets, central panel framed by multiple gilt fillets, with a fine large 'fanfare' stamp at the centre, gilt stamped ducal coronet and the initials G.B. at the centre of the upper cover, spine gilt in compartments, wide gilt inner dentelles, light blue watered silk paste-downs and fly leaves, gilt edges, a little rubbed especially to hinges, good

Publication Details: between 1823 and 1853

Notes: A splendid album of water-colours collected by Georgiana, including one possibly by Landseer. Though few in number, the items are an excellent reflection of the tastes, and cultural horizons, of one of the most interesting, grand aristocratic ladies of the first half of the 19th century. The binding is not signed, though it is luxurious. Contents: 1. Title-page, lettered as above, and decorated with bunches of grapes and flowers, and incorporating a ducal coronet in gilt. 2. Watercolour drawing on paper, 83 x 105 mm, of a Scottish Tower House, 3-storied, roofless, in a landscape with hills in...more

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Price: £7,500

Subject: Art & Architecture

Published Date: 1853

Stock Number: 67638

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