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'Marcus Aurelius

Marc Aurele: Coraline de Cabinet de Mr Hesselin.

Marc-Aurele, or Marcus Aurelius (AD121-180), was Roman Emperor AD 161-180. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. During his reign, the Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire in the East; Aurelius' general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon in 164. In central Europe, Aurelius fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, and Sarmatians with success during the Marcomannic Wars, with the threat of the Germanic tribes beginning to represent a troubling reality for the Empire.
Madam Ursula de la Croix painted this potrait in 1712 and Charles Simonneau, a celebrated artist in his own right,completed this copper-plate engraving in the year of his death. Charles-Louis Simonneau (Orléans, 1639-Paris, 1728), was an excellent engraver who was formed in the workshops of Noël Coypel and Guillaume Chasteau. With a style that is reminiscent of Nicolas Poilly released a large number of engravings in the religious subjects, portraits and translations by contemporary masters of the past.
Published Paris c.1728  
Size of Conservation Ebony Frame presentation 45cm x 50 cm.
Conservation framing materials, Bainbridge Artcare cotton mats and Truvue Ultra Violet blocking glass, have been employed to preserve this fascinating survivor.

Price = AU$320
Idea for a MAN gift ~ 220 year old slice of history (see examples below)!

Series of original Copper plate engravings by J. Pass (fl late 17th and early 18th cent) of Royalty
Published W. &J. Statfords, Holbourn Hill, London, c.1790.
Matted presentations AUD$45 ready to be framed. See visualisations examples.

Royal portrait, original copper engraving , c.1790

RP1.Richard III

Royal portrait, original copper engraving , c.1790

RP2.Charles II

Royal portrait, original copper engraving , c.1790

RP3. King Henry VI

Royal portrait, original copper engraving , c.1790

RP4. King Edward III

Royal portrait, original copper engraving , c.1790

RP5.King James II

Royal portrait, original copper engraving , c.1790

RP6. King Richard I

Royal portrait, original copper engraving , c.1790

RP7. Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III.
No, she was not a cross-dresser. The frame presentation is very Georgian in style and ideal for antique prints of this date.

Royal portrait, original copper engraving , c.1790

Many more male portraits available: Military, religious (Saints), authors...
Please make enquiries & I shall put them online.

Lady Sarah Lennox, shade, silhouette, Georgian, 
Portrait, 1820,

Lady Sarah Lennox

Maybe Queen Sarah?

Lady Sarah Lennox (14 February 1745 – August 1826) Lady Sarah Lennox was the most notorious of the famous Lennox Sisters, daughters of Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond. After the deaths of both her parents when she was only five years old, Lady Sarah was raised by her elder sister, Emily FitzGerald, Duchess of Leinster, in Ireland. Lady Sarah returned to London and the home of her sister Caroline Fox, Baroness Holland at 13. Having been a favourite of King George II since her childhood, she was invited to appear at court and there caught the eye of George, Prince of Wales (the future King George III), whom she had met as a child. Next Queen of Great Britain? When she was presented at court again at 15, George III was taken with her, and her family developed an ambition that she would be the next queen. Largely for this reason, the young king was discouraged from selecting her as a wife. Lady Sarah had also developed feelings for Lord Newbattle, grandson of William Kerr, 3rd Marquess of Lothian. Although her family were able to convince her to break with Newbattle, the royal match was scotched by the King's advisors, particularly John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, who feared losing his royal influence to Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, Lady Sarah's brother-in-law. Lord Bute prevailed, and Lady Sarah was asked by King George III to be one of the ten bridesmaids at his wedding to Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Lady Sarah confided to a friend, "Luckily for me, I did not love him, and only liked him" Eventually she found happiness with an impoverished army officer, The Hon. George Napier. They were married on 27 August 1781, and had eight children.
Hand painted Silhouette in a traditonal Georgian era sloped profile frame with a gilded flat ridged fillet. Presentation is fitted with conservation UV blocking glass.
Condition = excellent on stong Wove paper with no foxing. AUD$425

Portrait, john keats, romantic, literay, poet, hand painted,verre églomisé, romantic, 
silhouette, antique frame, 1821
Portrait, john keats, romantic, literay, poet, hand painted,verre églomisé, romantic, 
silhouette, antique frame, 1821

"Keats, 1821"

Silhouette of the romantic poet John Keats noting the year of his death, 1821. On 31 October, 1795, the poet John Keats was born some believe in a humble Inn run by his father in central London. He was part of the second generation of the Romantic Movement along with Shelley and Byron. In 1816 as a medical student, he applied for an apocathary licence but resolved to make his way as a poet.
John Keats Silhouette using Verre Églomisé:French term meaning glass gilded where metal is adhered using a gelatine adhesive. It may combined with reverse painting on glass. Dates back to pre-Roman eras but name is derived from 18th century French decorator and art dealer Jean-Bapiste Glomy (1711-1786) who repopularised it. John Keats in February of 1821 he died of TB in Rome, Italy. This seems a respectful visual epitaph of a young man who was truly appreciated posthumously like so many great artists. Original Maple Birdseye veneer Frame with gilded fillet.
c.1825 evidence by type of paper placed at rear.
Size of image = 95mm x 65mm
= 360mm x 460mm
Original Maple Birdseye veneer frame with gilded fillet.
Condition = excellent

Sir Isaac Pitman, stenography, shorthand, pitman shorthand, cyril barraud, original etching, 1916

Sir Isaac Pitman-Inventor of Pitman Shorthand-Stenography

"Sir Isaac Pitman (Aged 32)"

Original etching by Cyril H. Barraud (1877-1965) from the oil painting by Colonel Keene (1823-1910), who was he sone of an editor of The Bath Journal.
Size of image/plate mark = 95mm x 130mm
Frame presentation fitted with conservation glass & conservation cotton mats = 300mm x 350mm
Condition = slight paper discolouration throughout, notable consequence of age.
Price = AUD$178


Idea for a loving gift ~ a precious antique namesake maybe?

Royal portrait, original copper engraving , c.1790


Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III.

The frame presentation is very Georgian in style and ideal for antique prints of this period. An idea for someone who who shares this Christian name, maybe? Size of Frame presentation = 31cm x 24.5cm
Price = AUD$85

roman empire, female portrait, julia caesaris, emperor augustus, original copper engraving , c.1720


Julia fille d'Auguste.
Coraline blanche de Cabinet du Roi

Original copper-plate engraving by Charles Simmoneau (1645-1728) in 1712 after a painting by French artist, Madam Ursula de la Croix.
Julia Caesaris fillia (39BC-14AD) was the daughter of Emporer Augustus and his second with Scibonia. Her second marriage was to Marcus Vispanius Agippa having 5 children.
Size of Conservation Frame presentation includes a french wash design = 42cm x 47cm
Published Paris c.1728 Price = AUD$370

Young Queen Victoria


Queen Victoria "The Queen 1838"

Original fine mezzotint engraving after Afred E. Chalon, R.A.
Published London c.1887
Size image = 200mmx 135mm
Price= AUD$95

Young Queen Victoria


Queen Victoria

Original steel engraving, hand coloured, framed in a style sympathetic to the steam pressed decorated Victorian period.
Published London c.1858
Size of Presentation = 31cm x 40cm
Young Queen Victoria


Queen Victoria Coronation

Original fine mezzotint engraving after Sir G. Hayter.
Published London c.1887
Size image = 200mmx 135mm
Price= AUD$95


Series of original Copper plate engravings. Published Paris, Anisson Pousuel, 1705.
Conservation frame presentations (suede mats, backing and UV glass) Jacobean-style ornate gold frames = $265 each. Framed Presentation size = 26cm x 32cm

period fashion Portrait, anglois, english, original copper engraving, laid paper, 1705


Anglois (English)

period fashion Portrait, danois, dutch, original copper engraving, laid paper, 1705


Danois (Danish)

Condition = Excellent on Laid paper
Size of image= 13cm x 7.5cm

period fashion portrait, chinois, chinese, original copper engraving, laid paper, 1705


Chinois (Chinese)


period fashion portrait, Moguls, Indians, Malaysians, copper engraving, laid paper, 1705


Mogols, Indiens, Malabarois (Asia, Subcontinent)

period fashion portrait, quebec, canadian, copper engraving, laid paper, 1705


Habitans de Canada (Quebec, Capital of Canada)

Condition = Excellent on Laid paper. Size of image= 13cm x 7.5cm


Conservation frame presentations (Cotton conservation mats, backing and UV glass) = $235 each
Framed Presentation size = 27cm x 36cm
Navy Portrait, Captain James Cook, Pacific Exploration,  original stipple engraving, c.1847


Capt. James Cook (1728-1779)

Voyages of Captain Cook 1768-1771, 1772-75, 1776-79 Most admired Captain who was the first to utilize the knowledge of Longitiude by using the Harrison clock, discovered the East Coast of Australia resulting in the First Fleet of 1788,sailed to Antartica, New Zealand and the Pacific- “Further Than Any Man”
Published by Charles Knight, London, C.1847
Condition = Excellent
Price = AUD$235 (as a set of Four antique stipple engravings A$200 ea)

Navy Portrait, Sir Joseph Banks, Pacific Exploration, botanist, original stipple engraving , c.1847


Sir Joseph Banks, 1st Baronet,PRS (1743– 1820)

Original stipple engraving after William Holl after Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), Royal Academy, painted in 1812 depicting Banks as the President of the Royal Academy, wearing the insignia of the Bath was a British naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. He took part in Captain James Cook's first great voyage in HM Bark Endeavour (1768–1771). Banks is credited with the introduction to the Western world of eucalyptus, acacia, mimosa, and the genus named after him, Banksia. Approximately 80 species of plants bear Banks's name.
Published by Fisher, Sons & Co, London, C.1847
Condition = Excellent
Price = AUD$235 (as a set of Four antique stipple engravings A$200 ea)

Naval, Portrait, Jean-François de Galaup, La Perouse,French, Pacific Exploration, original stipple engraving , c.1840


Jean-François de Galaup de La Perouse(1741-1788?)

Original stipple engraving by Thomas Woolnoth (1785-1836) from a miniature in the possesson of La perouse's niece at Alby .
La Pérouse was the name of a family property that he added to his name. After the Treaty of Paris, La Pérouse was appointed in 1785 by Louis XVI to lead an expedition around the world. Its aims were to complete the Pacific discoveries of James Cook (whom La Pérouse greatly admired), correct and complete maps of the area, establish trade contacts, open new maritime routes and enrich French science and scientific collections. His ships were the Astrolabe and Boussole. They were to explore both the north and south Pacific, including the coasts of the Far East and of Australia, and send back reports through existing European outposts in the area. A 16 year old Corsican, Napoleon Bonaparte, applied to go on La Perouse’s Pacific Voyage but when they sailed in August 1785 he was not in the crew. The French explorers arrived off Botany Bay on 24 January 1788, just as Captain Arthur Phillip was attempting to move the colony from there to Sydney Cove in Port Jackson. The First Fleet was unable to leave until 26 January because of a tremendous gale, which also prevented La Pérouse's ships from entering Botany Bay. The British received him courteously, and each captain, through their officers, offered the other any assistance and supplies he may need. He and Phillip did not meet personally. Although he wrote that he expected to be back in France by June 1789, neither he nor any of his men were seen again. Fortunately, before he set sail, La Pérouse had sent the valuable written details of his expedition to Paris where they were published posthumously. On 25 September 1791 Rear Admiral Bruni d'Entrecasteaux departed Brest in search of La Pérouse. In May 1793, he arrived at the island of Vanikoro, which is part of the Santa Cruz group of islands. D'Entrecasteaux thought he saw smoke signals from several elevated areas on the island, but was unable to investigate due to the dangerous reefs surrounding the island and had to leave. He died two months later. The botanist, Jacques Labillardière, attached to the expedition, eventually returned to France and published his account, Relation du Voyage à la Recherche de la Pérouse, in 1800. It was not until 1826 that an Irish captain, Peter Dillon, found enough evidence to piece together the events of the tragedy.
Published by Fisher, Sons & Co, London, C.1840
Condition = Excellent
Price = AUD$235 (as a set of Four antique stipple engravings A$200 ea)

Navy Portrait, Sir John Franklin, Arctic Exploration,  original stipple engraving , c.1847


Sir John Franklin (1786-1847)

Original stipple engraving by Paton Thomson after Derby prior to his ill-fated Voyage to find the North West Passage in 1845.
Sir John Franklin FRGS (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847) was a British Royal Navy Arctic explorer who mapped almost two thirds of the northern coastline of North America. Franklin also served as governor of Tasmania for several years. In his last expedition, he disappeared while attempting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The entire crew perished from starvation, hypothermia, tuberculosis, scurvy, exposure, but also arguably from the lead and food poisoning before and after Franklin died and the expedition's icebound ships were abandoned in desperation. The Admiralty chose this voyage to trial the use of a new technology for preserving food-tin cans. The food was prepared for the voyage during winter when fresh availability is limited at best. The Franklin Expedition to find the North West Passage set out in My 1845 with three years' worth of conventionally preserved or tinned preserved food supplies. Unfortunately, the latter was supplied from a cut-rate provider who was awarded the contract only a few months before the ships were to sail. Though his "patent process" was sound, the haste with which he had prepared thousands of cans of food led to sloppily-applied beads of solder on the cans' interior edges and allowed lead to leach into the food. Chosen by the Admiralty, most of the crew were Englishmen, many from the Northern England with a small number of Irishmen and Scotsmen.
Published by Fisher, Sons & Co, London, 1830
Condition = Excellent
Price = AUD$235

'Captain James Cook', portrait, W. Macleod, 1886, Hall's

Size of image = 36.5cm x 48.5cm / Size of Frame presentation 18cm x 25cm
Original wood engraving published H.B.Hall's Sons after W Macleod, c.1886 with printed signature. Price= AUD$245

Code: NE5Captain James Cook

James Cook, in his youth he had been apprenticed as a haberdasher at which he was found lacking. His master took him to a ship-builder friend in nearby Whitby to see if that trade suited him better...he excelled! first came to the attention of the British Admiralty during the conflicts with France for the possession of Canada. His highly detailed charts of Canadian rivers and coastlines helped the British Fleet to launch successful Attacks on several French Strongholds and ultimately win the war there. Later, he was selected to command several long expeditions to search for the rumoured “Southern Continent”, which scientists in those days believed must exist in order to “Balance the Earth”. Along the way, he added a large number of new places to the World Map, including the Islands of Hawaii, which he was the first European to discover. The 'Earl Of Pembroke' sailed out of Whitby Harbour On April 3, 1768. The Ship was an ungainly-looking North Sea coal carrier. It was put into dry dock in a choice slip at the English Naval shipyard of Deptford, on the Thames River near London. Stout and heavy-timbered, with a bluff bow and a narrow stern, the new arrival appeared distinctly out of place amid the rows of sleek frigates and towering ships of the line being repaired and refitted for duty. A few Deptford officers brusquely questioned whether the bark-rigged vessel was even mustered in the Royal Navy. For what conceivable purpose could the Admiralty require the services of a grimy workboat? In fact, the humble collier was intended for a singularly adventurous role. She would carry a hand-picked group of naval officers and scientists to the farthest reaches of the Pacific to conduct vital astronomical studies and to make yet another search for the continent identified on the maps as Terra Australis Incognita. A collier had been selected because it could hold the large quantities of supplies and scientific equipment the voyagers would require, and also because it was flat-bottomed and was able to take the punishment of an accidental grounding. On April 5 the Admiralty renamed the vessel Endeavour and ordered the Deptford carpenters to prepare her for the journey with the greatest dispatch. Within four weeks her hull had been sheathed with a second layer of planking to protect against tropical sea worms. Her masts and yards were scrapped for fresh-cut spars, and all her rigging was replaced with new hempen lines. On May 18 the ship was refloated and moored in the great Deptford Basin, alongside the mighty warships of the British Empire, to await the arrival of her commander. To some Londoners the selection of Lieutenant James Cook as leader of the expedition to the Pacific was even more surprising than the Admiralty's choice of the Endeavour. At the age of 39, Cook was virtually unknown to his countrymen. In marked contrast to Commodore John Byron and Captain Samuel Wallis, the aristocratic leaders of England's earlier voyages of Pacific exploration, Cook sprang from the lower ranks of society, was haphazardly educated and had not even spent his whole career in the Royal Navy: his training had been in the merchant marine. But, like the Endeavour, James Cook possessed exactly those qualities deemed crucial by the Admiralty for the success of the job at hand. For four years, beginning in 1763, Cook had sailed the rugged coast of Newfoundland, charting its bays and inlets with painstaking precision. More than once he had earned praise from the highest levels of the Navy for his surveying work and superb seamanship, and the Lords of the Admiralty reasoned that the talents that had been so valuable in the Newfoundland enterprise would be equally useful in the uncharted waters of the South Pacific. As it turned out, Cook would become the greatest explorer of his time - and the greatest Pacific explorer of all time. As captain of the Endeavour, he would sight and survey hundreds of landfalls that no Westerner had ever laid eyes on. And though the Endeavour would never fire her guns at another ship in battle, Cook's epochal voyage aboard the converted collier was destined to bring under George III's sovereignty more land and wealth than any single naval victory of the powerful British fleet. But the most important prize of this and the two subsequent voyages that Cook would make was measured not in territory but in knowledge. Patient and methodical where his predecessors had been hasty and disorganized, he would sweep away myths and illusions on a prodigious scale, and in the end would give to the world a long-sought treasure: a comprehensive map of the Pacific. His remarkable three voyages of exploration came to an abrupt end when, due to an unfortunate misunderstanding with his former Hosts, he was killed trying to prevent his men from firing at an angry crowd of Hawaiians. Later on, when tempers cooled, his remains were returned to his crew and he was buried at sea. A Naval Warship from Great Britain stops by each year to take care of his memorial, a small white obelisk, stands near Kona on the 'Big Island' of Hawaii. Cook didn't find the fabled “Great Southland”, but he discovered was the East coastline of a country that had already been extensively mapped by the Dutch hence the name NEW HOLLAND. A piece of his original ship The Endeavour, a converted coal-carrier, was taken into orbit aboard the Space-Shuttle of the same name.
Excerpt taken from the excellent study on Cook by Oliver E. Allen in TIME-LIFE books The Pacific Navigators © 1980

'Philip Lord Wharton', portrait Age 19, Anthony Van Dyke, 1632, english oak antique frame

Size of image = 36.5cm x 48.5cm / Size of Frame presentation 65.5cm x 77.5
Original Gravure process print, Published London, c.1900
Framed in original solid English oak frame and “blown glass”

Code: POR1"Philip Lord Wharton, 1632, about the age of 19 : Van Dyke.
(The Good Lord Wharton)

Philip Wharton was born in 1613. On the death of his grandfather in 1625 he became the fourth Lord Wharton, his own father having died when Philip was only nine years old. He inherited land, money and responsibilities, but all these were held in trust until he was 21 years old. He entered Exeter College, Oxford, at the age of 13, and later spent three years travelling on the continent of Europe with his brother Thomas and a tutor. He was called to the court of Charles I where he quickly became known for his abilities in dancing. At the age of 19 (the reason for the Sir AnthonyVan Dyke (1599-1641) picture?) he married. At 21 he should have taken his seat in the House of Lords but could not do so because the King refused to call Parliament. The House of Lords did not sit until 1640. From then on Philip Lord Wharton was active in parliamentary affairs. In 1642 Philip Lord Wharton raised a regiment of foot and a troop of horse to fight in the battle of Edgehill. They behaved less than gloriously as Wharton himself reported later to Parliament. Before there were any near excuse three or four of our regiments fairly ran away - Sir William Fairfax's, Sir Henry Cholmley's, my Lord Kimbolton's and to say the plain truth my own. Lord Wharton not only ran away but is said to have hidden in a sawpit, thus earning for himself the parliamentary nickname of Sawpit Wharton. In 1645 during the Commonwealth period Philip Lord Wharton wrote to Lord Fairfax concerning the vacancy in the Parish of Grinton: I would be well pleased that an honest, faithful, godly man might be put in, who might be of bold spirit and able body. Most of the dale are in my hands and I would be exceeding glad therefore out of that respect, as well as the general, that it were well supplied. Towards the end of his life Philip Lord Wharton founded and endowed the First Independent Church of Swaledale (1690), building the old Smarmber Chapel and founded and endowed his Bible Charity (1693), a scheme devised on a grand scale for encouraging children from poor families to read, and study the scriptures. He died in 1696 and is buried in Wooburn Parish Church, Buckinghamshire.
(Source of biographical details: "The Good Lord Wharton" by Bryan Dale, published 1906 and "Sawpit Wharton" by GF Trevallyn Jones, published 1950.)

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