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ANTIQUE PRINT: [SOMERSET HOUSE] L'HOTEL DE SOMMERSET, OU SOMMERSET HOUSE.

AA, Pieter van der, 1659-1733 : [SOMERSET HOUSE] L’HOTEL DE SOMMERSET, OU SOMMERSET HOUSE.

[Leiden : Pieter van der Aa, 1727]. An engaging early eighteenth-century print of old Somerset House- a bird’s eye view of the house and gardens from the river. Originally produced for Pieter van der Aa’s publication “Les Délices de la Grand’Bretagne” (Leiden : 1707). The present edition is dated to 1727.
Etching and line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 124 x 153mm (approx. 4-7/8” x 6”). Faint old folds, but still in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 20/022.

£50

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET HOUSE, STRAND.

BROWNE, Hablot Knight, 1815-1882 : SOMERSET HOUSE, STRAND.

[London : W. S. Orr, 1837]. A very attractive antique print depicting the Strand busy with hurrying traffic – Somerset House to the right, St. Mary le Strand ahead. Engraved by William Edward Albutt (fl.1836-1863) from an original study by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”). Originally produced for John Woods’ “History of London : Illustrated by Views”, first published in parts 1837-1838.
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 119 x 151mm (approx. 4-5/8” x 6”). A few tiny specks to blank margins, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 188/013.

£30

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET HOUSE VIEW’D FROM THE RIVER.

COLLYER, Joseph, 1748-1827 : SOMERSET HOUSE VIEW’D FROM THE RIVER.

[London : R. Baldwin, 1773]. An elegant antique print – eighteenth-century Somerset House from the Thames – engraved by Joseph Collyer and originally produced for John Noorthouck’s “A New History of London” (London : 1773).
Copper line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 89 x 143mm (approx 3-1/2” x 5-5/8”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 51/032B.

£30

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET HOUSE : SLIPPERS.

[CRAIG, William Marshall, 1764?-1829] : SOMERSET HOUSE : SLIPPERS.

London : Richard Phillips, 1804. A charming antique print – an itinerant street vendor sells brightly-coloured morocco slippers by the west side of the Strand entrance to Somerset House. Wearing his national dress, this “venerable Turk” had been a familiar figure on the Strand, Cheapside and Cornhill for many years – respected for not harrying his potential customers, but simply showing his slippers. His prices ranged from one shilling and sixpence to two shillings per pair. The window to his left was that of the Royal Academy, then quartered at Somerset House. 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).
Aquatint, line and stipple engraving on paper. Original hand colour. Engraved surface (including quadruple-rule outer border) 132 x 100mm (approx. 5-1/4” x 4”). Faint mark to outer blank margin, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 89/051.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET HOUSE : LONDON.

[ENGLISH SCHOOL] : SOMERSET HOUSE : LONDON.

[London : 1860]. A pleasant antique print – a view of Somerset House from the river – St. Paul’s in the distance. Originally produced for Thomas Dugdale’s part-work survey published as “The Curiosities of Great Britain” or “England Delineated” in various formats between 1838 and 1860.
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 99 x 126mm (approx. 3-7/8” x 5”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£25

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET HOUSE. MEETING OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY.

FAIRHOLT, Frederick William, 1814-1866 : SOMERSET HOUSE. MEETING OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY.

[London : J. Mead, 1844]. A highly attractive antique print – a meeting of the Fellows of the Royal Society – conversation beneath the portraits of their distinguished predecessors in a candle-lit room. Engraved by Henry Melville (1792-1870) from an original study by Frederick William Fairholt and originally produced for the part-work “London Interiors : A Grand National Exhibition” (London : 1841-1844).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 167 x 189mm (approx. 6-1/2” x 7-3/8”). A few small and faint marks to blank margins, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 195/061.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET HOUSE. MEETING OF THE ROYAL ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY.

FAIRHOLT, Frederick William, 1814-1866 : SOMERSET HOUSE. MEETING OF THE ROYAL ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY.

[London : J. Mead, 1844]. An attractive antique print depicting a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries, then occupying Somerset House. Portraits line the walls of the candle-lit room, there are books and papers on the central table and the Fellows engage in learned conversation. Engraved by Henry Melville (1792-1870) after Frederick William Fairholt, himself elected a Fellow of the Society in the year the print was published. Originally produced for the part-work “London Interiors : A Grand National Exhibition” (London : 1841-1844).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 162 x 190mm (approx. 6-3/8” x 7-1/2”). A couple of small and faint marks, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 195/062.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: DESIGN FOR A BRIDGE NEAR SOMERSET PLACE BY THOS SANDBY ESQR RA.

[IRELAND, Samuel] : DESIGN FOR A BRIDGE NEAR SOMERSET PLACE BY THOS SANDBY ESQR RA.

[London : for S. Ireland, 1792]. An attractive and interesting late eighteenth-century print – a design by Thomas Sandby (1721-1798) for a handsome bridge over the Thames near Somerset House, complete with covered walks for pedestrians, triumphal arches and domed tempietos. Originally produced for Ireland’s “Picturesque Views on the River Thames” (London : 1792).
Sepia aquatint on paper. Engraved surface 127 x 165mm (approx. 5” x 6-1/2”). A few tiny marks to outer blank margins, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 71/051.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET PLACE.

[IRELAND, Samuel, 1738?-1800] : SOMERSET PLACE.

[London : for S. Ireland, 1799]. A very attractive antique print – a view of eighteenth-century Somerset House from the Thames. From an original study by the print-dealer and amateur painter Samuel Ireland (fl.1760-1800). Originally produced for Ireland’s “Picturesque Views on the River Thames” (1792) – and here in a slightly later impression.
Sepia aquatint on paper. Engraved surface 126 x 165mm (approx. 5” x 6-1/2”). A few tiny specks, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 71/050.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET HOUSE, FROM THE THAMES, WESTMINSTER.

MACKENZIE, Frederick, 1787-1854 : SOMERSET HOUSE, FROM THE THAMES, WESTMINSTER.

London : Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, 1810. A pleasant antique print – Somerset House from the Thames – St. Paul’s in the distance beyond. Engraved by John le Keux (1783-1846) from an original study by Frederick Mackenzie. Originally produced for the part-work “Beauties of England and Wales” (1801-1816).
Copper line engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 110 x 151mm (approx. 4-3/8” x 6”). Tiny mark to left-hand blank margin, but otherwise in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£30

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ANTIQUE PRINT: INTERIOR QUADRANGLE, SOMERSET HOUSE.

SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864 : INTERIOR QUADRANGLE, SOMERSET HOUSE.

[London : Jones & Co., 1831]. An antique print – the elegant quadrangle of Somerset House built by Sir William Chambers. Engraved by William Deeble (1791-1861) from an original sketch by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd, the master recorder of nineteenth-century London. From Shepherd’s series “London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century” (London : 1829-1832).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 107 x 157mm (approx. 4-1/4” x 6-1/4”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 161/158.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: ROYAL NAVAL MUSEUM, SOMERSET HOUSE. EXHIBITION OF MODELS.

SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864 : ROYAL NAVAL MUSEUM, SOMERSET HOUSE. EXHIBITION OF MODELS.

[London : J. Mead, 1842]. An attractive antique print – an interior of the old Navy Museum (fore-runner of the National Maritime Museum) then housed in Somerset House and attached to the offices of the Surveyor-General of the Navy – a guide points out to visitors the features of a large model of a three-decker ship of the line. 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. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 200 x 133 mm (approx. 7-7/8” x 5-1/4”). A few small and faint marks, but in very good state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 195/018.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: ROYAL NAVAL MUSEUM, SOMERSET HOUSE. EXHIBITION OF MODELS.

SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864 : ROYAL NAVAL MUSEUM, SOMERSET HOUSE. EXHIBITION OF MODELS.

[London : J. Mead, 1842]. An attractive antique print – an interior of the old Navy Museum (fore-runner of the National Maritime Museum) then housed in Somerset House and attached to the offices of the Surveyor-General of the Navy – a guide points out to visitors the features of a large model of a three-decker ship of the line. 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 200 x 133 mm (approx. 7-7/8” x 5-1/4”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 195/018.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET HOUSE, STRAND.

[SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864] : SOMERSET HOUSE, STRAND.

[London : Jones & Co., 1829]. A handsome antique print – the Strand busy with horse-drawn and pedestrian traffic – Somerset House and St. Mary le Strand beyond. Engraved by William Tombleson (fl.1824-1841) from an original study by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd. Originally produced for Shepherd’s series “London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century” (1829-1832).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 101 x 150m (approx. 4” x 5-7/8”). A couple of tiny specks, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 161/005.

£30

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET HOUSE.

VARLEY, John, 1778-1842 : SOMERSET HOUSE.

London : J. Stratford, 1806. A pleasant antique print – Somerset House from the river – a view from the south-east. Engraved by Ambrose William Warren (1780-1856) from a drawing by the noted John Varley. Originally produced for James Stratford’s part-work series “London; being an Accurate History and Description of the British Metropolis and its Neighbourhood ... by David Hughson” (1805-1810). “Hughson” was in fact the pseudonym of David Pugh.
Copper line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 107 x 162mm (approx. 4-1/4” x 6-3/8”). A few tiny specks, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 93/037.

£30

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ANTIQUE PRINT: SOMERSET HOUSE.

WALE, Samuel, 1721-1786 : SOMERSET HOUSE.

[London : R. & J. Dodsley, 1761]. A charming eighteenth-century print of old Somerset House from the river. Engraved by Edward Rooker (fl.1749-1777) from an original study by the painter and illustrator Samuel Wale, first Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy. Originally produced for Robert Dodsley’s part-work compilation, “London and its Environs Described” (London : 1761).
Copper line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 87 x 139mm (approx. 3-1/2” x 5-1/2”). Trimmed a little tight to one margin; a few tiny specks, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 41/066.

£30

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