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Authentic Memoirs of the late George Morland, with remarks on his abilities and progress as an artist: in which is interspersed a variety of anecdotes never before published ... the whole collected ... by Francis William Blagdon

Morland, George. Blagdon, William Francis

London. Edward Orme. 1806
This beautiful and rare collection of prints after the work of George Morland was collected by Francis Blagdon and published by Edward Orme.

An unusual variety of printing processes were used in this book, published after Morland's death in 1804: aquatint, soft ground etching, stipple engraving and mezzotint, with the mezzotints printed in colour. This copy conforms to the copy in the British Museum with the collation as per Tooley.

'Blagdon's Memoirs of George Morland is an extremely scarce book and I have had great difficulty in tracing copies to compare.' (Tooley).

[Tooley 90; Abbey Life 208 (1824 issue)].
[28 leaves]. Oblong folio. (c.450 x 565 mm). Printed title, 7 leaves of text (pp.16 including engravings) and 22 plates on 20 sheets, 7 printed in colour, engravers include William Ward, T. Vivares, E. Bell, and R. Dodd. Watermarks for the text are consistently 'J / 1802', that for the plates either 'J WHATMAN / 1804' or 'HS / 1804'. Original publisher's blue paper wrappers with label with lithograph title and Morland drawing pasted on the wrappers.

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