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ANTIQUE PRINTS OF DRURY LANE

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ANTIQUE PRINT: THEATRE DRURY LANE : BUY A BILL OF THE PLAY.

CRAIG, William Marshall, 1764?-1829 : THEATRE DRURY LANE : BUY A BILL OF THE PLAY.

London : Richard Phillips, 1804. An attractive antique print – a crier of play-bills outside the Drury Lane Theatre. She also carries a basket of fruit and what are probably nuts – the buyer of half a dozen oranges would have had the penny play-bill for free. Engraved from an original study by William Marshall Craig, water-colour painter to Queen Charlotte. Originally produced for Phillips’ part-work “Modern London : Being the History and Present State of the British Metropolis” (1804).
Etching and line engraving on paper. Original hand colour. Engraved surface (including quaruple-rule outer border) 135 x 104mm (approx. 5-3/8” x 4-1/8”). A few small marks to outer blank margins, but otherwise in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 89/029.

£50

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ANTIQUE PRINT: DRURY LANE THEATRE.

[PAYNE, Albert Henry, 1812-1902] : DRURY LANE THEATRE.

[London : J. Tallis & Co., 1852]. An attractive antique print of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as rebuilt by Benjamin Wyatt in 1811-1812, with the portico added in 1820. An engraving from the workshop of A. H. Payne, originally produced for Payne’s “Illustrated London, or a Series of Views in the British Metropolis and its Vicinity” (1846-1847), and here in a slightly later impression.
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 66 x 86mm (approx. 2-5/8” x 3-3/8”). A few tiny specks, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 207/107B.

£20

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ANTIQUE PRINT: FRONT OF OLD DRURY LANE THEATRE.

PRIOR, William Henry, 1812-1882 : FRONT OF OLD DRURY LANE THEATRE.

[London : 1878 (or later)]. A pleasant antique print – a coach and pair at the door. Engraved by John Arthur Quartley (1818?-1895) from a study by William Henry Prior and originally produced for the part-work “Old and New London” (London : 1873-1878).
Wood engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 144 x 105mm (approx. 5-5/8” x 4-1/8”). Text on verso. In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£25

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ANTIQUE PRINT: DRURY LANE THEATRE, FROM THE STAGE DURING THE PERFORMANCE.

PUGH, Edward, 1763-1813 : DRURY LANE THEATRE, FROM THE STAGE DURING THE PERFORMANCE.

London : Richard Phillips, 1804. An unusual antique print – the interior of Drury Lane Theatre as seen from the giant stage – with tiers of of boxes and galleries supported by "slender pillars of iron, washed with silver". The boxes on the stage to the right of image were, in ascending order, the Prince of Wales’s Box, a public box known as the Stage Box, the Duke of Bedford’s Box, and the Duchess of Devonshire’s Box. Engraved by Isaac Taylor (1759-1829) from an original study by Edward Pugh, and originally produced for Phillips’ part-work “Modern London : Being the History and Present State of the British Metropolis” (1804).
Copper line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 139 x 183mm (approx. 5-1/2” x 7-1/4”). A few faint marks to blank margins, but otherwise in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 89/021.

£50

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ANTIQUE PRINT: DRURY LANE THEATRE.

SCHNEBBELIE, Robert Blemmel, 1781-1847 : DRURY LANE THEATRE.

London : J. Stratford, 1805. A pleasant antique print – a view along early nineteenth-century Drury Lane to the old theatre. Engraved by William Ellis (1756-1810) from an original study by Robert Blemmel Schnebbelie. Originally produced for the part-work by “Dr David Hughson” [David Pugh] known as “London; Being an Accurate History and Description of the British Metropolis” (London : 1805-1809).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 161 x 100mm (approx. 6-3/8” x 4”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 93/038.

£25

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ANTIQUE PRINT: FREEMASON’S HALL. DINNER OF THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY, WITH THE PROCESSION OF THE PERSONS SAVED DURING THE YEAR FROM DROWNING.

SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864 : FREEMASON’S HALL. DINNER OF THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY, WITH THE PROCESSION OF THE PERSONS SAVED DURING THE YEAR FROM DROWNING.

[London : J. Mead, 1841]. A highly attractive antique print of the interior of the old Freemasons’ Hall on Great Queen Street showing five long tables of formally dressed diners. The walls are lined with portraits, the tables are laden with food and drink and the saved souls process between the tables. Engraved by Henry Melville (1792-1870) from an original study by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd and originally produced for the part-work “London Interiors : A Grand National Exhibition” (London : 1841-1844).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 153 x 187mm (approx. 6-1/8” x 7-3/8”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 195/004.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.

SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864 : THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.

London : Jones & Co., 1828. A pleasing antique print – an exterior of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as rebuilt by Benjamin Wyatt in 1811-1812, with the portico added in 1820 – the street busy with horse and foot traffic. It was here that Charles Kean made his debut in 1826. Engraved by Thomas Dale (fl.1818-1828) from an original study by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd. Originally produced for Shepherd’s series “Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century” (London : 1827-1830).
Steel line engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 93 x 150mm (approx. 3-7/8” x 5-7/8”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 154/071.

£30

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ANTIQUE PRINT: THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.

SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864 : THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.

London : Jones & Co., 1828. A pleasing antique print – an exterior of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as rebuilt by Benjamin Wyatt in 1811-1812, with the portico added in 1820 – the street busy with horse and foot traffic. It was here that Charles Kean made his debut in 1826. Engraved by Thomas Dale (fl.1818-1828) from an original study by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd. Originally produced for Shepherd’s series “Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century” (London : 1827-1830).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 93 x 150mm (approx. 3-7/8” x 5-7/8”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 154/071.

£25

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