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Lockdown 2.0 update; we will continue working with click & collect and delivery

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 As you know Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a second lock-down from 00.01am on Thursday 5 November. As per government guidelines we shall be open for click-and-collect service and we shall continue shipping (although shipping services could be a bit slower than usual). If you are coming for click-and-collect service the items must be paid for in advance, you will have to make an appointment (either via email or telephone) and we shall hand you the items at the door. The door shall be locked so either knock loudly or give us a ring. Please keep in mind the government guidelines of hands, face, space.  We shall be working 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. We are playing it by ear so any changes we shall let you know. On a lighter note yesterday we put out a new newsletter containing Ten of the Best Male Nudes ! You can browse other nudes here.     St. John in the Wilderness. Saint Jean Baptiste dans le Desert. To His most Serene Highness Charles Theodore, Elector Palatine, Rei

Autumn Miscellany Catalogue 104 is out now!

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    Pierre Jeliote. Peint par L. Toqué. Gravé par L. J. Cathelin. A Paris chés l'Auteur Quay de l'Ecole dans l'Allée entre les deux Cafés. £260 Stock Ref: 54290 For more music related items click here     In these ever changing times, we hope you will enjoy our latest Autumn Miscellany of over 100 items! Highlights include: East African plain animal etchings by Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore Himely plates from a series Voyage of the Favorite Bonnart plates from a series of 17th century French costume & fashion and much much more! Browse the full catalogue here!     La queue luy pend au petit bon homme. J. Frosne sc. [n.d., c.1670.] £680 Stock Ref: 54714 For more decorative items click here     [Siege of Buda] [Belegering [or Verovering]... R. de Hooghe unv: et fecit. 1686. [c.1686.] £480 Stock Ref: 54296 For more historical scenes click here     Harry Peckham 1778. Romney Pinxit. J.K. Sherwin Sculp. [n.d. c.1780.] £320 Stock Ref: 54653 For more portrai

Our Satire Catalogue 103 is out now!

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    Cover image : [Mrs Jordan] Lubber's-hole, -alias- The Crack'd Jordan. [Ref: 54605 ]  For more royal satire click here   In these ever changing times, we have pleasure in offering our customers and friends a new listing of over 300 images of satire. Notable artists include Gillray , Cruikshank , Bunbury , Darly , Davison , Woodward , Hogarth and both the Heath 's, William and Henry . From 18th century onwards satirical images were a way of bringing scandal and amusement to the general public on a daily basis - nothing has changed! We hope you enjoy the content.   We are still open in a very empty central London, but by appointment only. We look forward to seeing you in Covent Garden.   Our long awaited special Catalogue 100 will be online from November 18th, 2020. Happy browsing and keep healthy,   Nigel, Henrietta, Sasha and Jenny . Browse the full catalogue here or on issu here A few highlights:    

Boys in dresses!

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  [John Fane] Lord Burghersh.   [Ref: 53432 ]   From the mid-16th century until around the late 19th century young boys in the Western world typically wore dresses or gowns.  They generally wore these until they were toilet trained and old enough to be able to undo the fastening of their breeches or trousers, which could be very complicated! This rite of passage was called breeching. The first stage of this was to wear shortened gowns from when they were babies allowing them to walk and move more freely. You can still see the remnants of these long baby gowns in the modern day christening attire. In the second stage they would move onto trousers of breeches. For poor children this often symbolised their movement into the workplace.   Just Breech'd.  (From the pair) [Ref: 48174 ]  The print above shows a boy in his first pair of breeches, his petticoats lie discarded on a stool beside him. He looks very pleased with himself. A younger child stares at the

What is a proof?

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What is a proof? A proof is an impression of a print printed before the regular, published edition of the print, making them often rarer. There are several different types of proof in printing: A trial or working proof ; a test to see what work the artist needs to do to the plate. For example:       [This View of the Royal Dock Yard at Chatham...PROOF . ] [Painted by R. Paton, the Figures by J. Mortimer. [right] Engraved by P.C. Canot.] [R. Paton, Wardour Street., Soho, London, 14 February 1775. ] Rare etching, working proof from the unfinished plate, laid paper. Image 450 x 650mm (17¾ x 25½"). Trimmed within plate, and to image on three sides. Centrefold crease and nicks to extremities. An interesting progress proof impression, before the plate was engraved with fine detail. The published state carries the following full title and inscription "TO THE King's most Excellent Majesty, This View of the Royal

Summer Delights: Catalogue 102!

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  Catalogue 102 Cover image: [Bear hunt] Ense Urbum invadit rabidum cataphractus: et Ursus / Ungibus arripens hominem conatutur hamatis / Sternere... 26 & XIIII [Ref: 54130 ] On this lovely summer day we have pleasure in issuing Cat102. An exciting collection of over 200 items including portraits , topography , some shipping documents in our ephemera section and decorative items including some Richard Gaywood's. A few highlights:    To the British Navy, This Print representing The Battle of Navarino, is respectfully dedicated by the Publisher. Peint par C. Langlois. Commencé par S.W. Reynolds et Terminé par Sixdeniers. London, Published by W.Spooner 259 Regent Street. à Paris chez Schroth, Editeur rué St Honoré Nos 363 bis. New York published by Bailly Ward & Co. Jeune.[n.d. c.1830.] £1500 Stock Ref: 54273 See also 54240 & 54259       His Royal Highness William Duke of Cumberland... 1747 £340 Stock Ref: 54068 See als

Catalogue 101 is out now!

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  This is “London’s Book Fair week” and we have pleasure in issuing Cat101.  An exciting collection of portraits , topography, ephemera and decorative items   including a good selection of prints after Mortimer. A few highlights:   Vaisseau du troisiême rang a la Voille. Twee Decks Schip vande derde Rang. a Amsterdam Chez Gerard Valk Avec Privil. [n.d., c.1720.] £520 Stock Ref: 54058 Fore more ships click here [The Battle of Anghiari.] L. d'la finse [Leonardo da Vinci], pin. G. Edelinck Sc. [n.d, 1660.] £360 Stock Ref: 53906 To see more battle scenes and military prints click here Vue de la Ville d'Orleans. Desinnée par AT Desfriches Negociant a Orléans en 1761. Gravé par PP Choffard en 1766. £650 Stock Ref: 54043 For more overseas views click here The Yellow Doors will hopefully open on June 15th subject to Government approval. Under Covid-19 rules, we will be operating by appointment only, with reduced hours 10a