STOTHARD, THOMAS. 1755-1834. BRAY, ANNA ELIZA.  Life of Thomas Stothard, R.A. with Personal Reminiscences.  London: John Murray, 1851.
Lot 23
STOTHARD, THOMAS. 1755-1834.
BRAY, ANNA ELIZA.
Life of Thomas Stothard, R.A. with Personal Reminiscences. London: John Murray, 1851.
US$ 12,000 - 18,000
£9,300 - 14,000

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STOTHARD, THOMAS. 1755-1834. BRAY, ANNA ELIZA.  Life of Thomas Stothard, R.A. with Personal Reminiscences.  London: John Murray, 1851. STOTHARD, THOMAS. 1755-1834. BRAY, ANNA ELIZA.  Life of Thomas Stothard, R.A. with Personal Reminiscences.  London: John Murray, 1851. STOTHARD, THOMAS. 1755-1834. BRAY, ANNA ELIZA.  Life of Thomas Stothard, R.A. with Personal Reminiscences.  London: John Murray, 1851.
STOTHARD, THOMAS. 1755-1834.
BRAY, ANNA ELIZA. Life of Thomas Stothard, R.A. with Personal Reminiscences. London: John Murray, 1851.
10 volumes. 4to (370 x 275 mm). Lithographic portrait frontispiece mounted on india paper, additional title within decorative wood-engraved border, title with wood-engraved headpiece, numerous wood-engraved illustrations printed in bistre, extra-illustrated with approximately 1,344 additional items (including 1 autograph letter signed from the author, 8 original pen, ink and wash drawings by Stothard, 6 original watercolor drawings by Stothard, and 1,323 engravings after Stothard including 14 by William Blake). 19th-century red morocco by Riviere, elaborately gilt, a.e.g., small expert repair to head of Vol VIII.

REMARKABLE 10-VOLUME COLLECTION OF STOTHARD'S WORK, EXPANSIVELY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED, with original watercolors and drawings by Stothard, as well as well over one-thousand engravings executed by many of the greatest engravers of the late-18th and early 19th century, including Stothard's friend William Blake. Based around the first edition of the first full biography of the artist, written by his daughter-in-law, this collection was expanded during the 19th century with this fine collection of original artwork and engravings.

"Among the prose works illustrated by [Stothard] were novels by Fielding, Smollett, Richardson, and Sterne, Ridley's Tales of the Genii, Paltock's Peter Wilkins, Don Quixote, Gil Blas, Robinson Crusoe, the Arabian Nights, the Vicar of Wakefield, and Gulliver's Travels. These designs made a new departure in book illustration by their variety of invention, their literary sympathy, their spirit and their grace. Those to Peregrine Pickle and Peter Wilkins have been specially admired, but Stothard never surpassed those to Clarissa Harlowe for elegance, or those to Tristram Shandy for delicate humor. He may be said to have founded the types of Sancho Panza and Uncle Toby, afterwards adopted by his friend Charles Robert Leslie and others. To this period also belong a few charming illustrations to Ritson's Songs (1783). A little later (1788-9) came his illustrations to the Pilgrim's Progress, in which he found a region of pure but very human allegory well suited to his gentle imagination..." (DNB). For the Blake engravings: Bentley Blake Books 417C; 436; 485 (no 1 and 2); 486 (no 2 and 3); 487 (no 1, 2 and 3); 491 (no 7); 494 (no 1,2,3 and 4).
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