Lot 508: Cruikshank (George, 1792-1878). Thirteen etchings from The Life of Sir John Falstaff, [1857-58], 13 etchings on chine colle, from the series of 20 published by Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, originally issued in 10 parts, with 2 plates to each part, all first proofs, and each additionally signed and inscribed in pencil to lower margin 'first proof Geo Cruikshank', several plates with waterstain to left hand portion, a few plates with some marginal dampstaining and defects (the plates generally intact), plate size 178 x 252mm (7 x 9.9ins), sheet size 300 x 425mm (11.8 x 16.75ins), together with a group of 13 etchings after Rembrandt, studies and figures by John James Chalon (1778-1854), various sizes, all mounted on laid paper, sheet size 395 x 288mm (15.5 x 11.3ins). See Cohen 96. The Cruikshank plates are titled: 'Jack Falstaff breaking Skogan's head, Sir John Falstaff arrested at the suit of Mrs Quickly, Sir John Falstaff and the fairies, at Herne's Oak, Sir John Falstaff disguised as Mother Prat, Sir John Falstaff's grand manoeuvre at the Battle of Shrewsbury, Sir John Falstaff on a visit to his friend Page at Windsor, Falstaff enacting the part of the King, Sir John Falstaff receiving a most unexpected rebuke from King Henry the fifth, Sir John Falstaff in the buck-basket, Sir John Falstaff flown into the muddy ditch close by the Thames side, Falstaff's Ragged Regiment, Sir John Falstaff driving Pistol from his presence & the last scene in the life of Sir John Falstaff. (13)
Dominic Winter's Antiques & Fine Art Auction October 2015
Thursday, 15th October 2015
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