The 2017 Olympia Book Fair is now closed.

We are excited to announce that in 2018 the Fair is relocating
to Battersea Evolution, 24-26 May 2018.
19 Shelton Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9JN
Contact Nigel Talbot
Kate Alderson
Telephone 020 7836 1979
Specialists Antique Prints, Albums, UK & Foreign Views, Historical, Portraits, Mezzotints, Decorative, Sporting, Satire, David Roberts, Dogs, Naval & Marine
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19 Shelton Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9JN
Contact Nigel Talbot
Kate Alderson
Telephone 020 7836 1979
Specialists Antique Prints, Albums, UK & Foreign Views, Historical, Portraits, Mezzotints, Decorative, Sporting, Satire, David Roberts, Dogs, Naval & Marine
Grosvenor Prints
Stand K08

Booksellers!

Henry Wigstead

Bookseller & Author., Publish'd Sept.r 25 1784 by J.R. Smith No.83 Oxford Street. 1784

Etching and aquatint with hand-colouring. Sheet 340 x 390mm (13½ x 15¼"), Whatman watermark.

Note
A bookseller (probably also a publisher) looks down imperiously at a manuscript which a cowering author holds out to him. Behind them a customer holds a book very close to his face to read it.
Fine satirical view after Henry Wigstead (1760-1800), a young painter-decorator and satirist, probably after a watercolour with the same title which he exhibited at the Royal Academy the same year. The scene bears unmistakeable resemblances to the work of Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) who made a similar watercolour. The two men were good friends- in autumn 1784 (perhaps at exactly the same time this print was made) they went on a twelve-day trip to the Isle of Wight together (which resulted in almost seventy watercolours by Rowlandson).

Bibliography
BM Satires 6722.

Condition
Trimmed inside platemark.
£580