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PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE

Shakespeare, William
A COLLECTION OF PRINTS, FROM PICTURES PAINTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ILLUSTRATING THE DRAMATIC WORKS OF SHAKSPEARE, BY THE ARTISTS OF GREAT-BRITAIN. JOHN AND JOSIAH BOYDELL, 1803 [-1805]
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 4,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
56

PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE

Shakespeare, William
A COLLECTION OF PRINTS, FROM PICTURES PAINTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ILLUSTRATING THE DRAMATIC WORKS OF SHAKSPEARE, BY THE ARTISTS OF GREAT-BRITAIN. JOHN AND JOSIAH BOYDELL, 1803 [-1805]
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 4,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Shakespeare, William
A COLLECTION OF PRINTS, FROM PICTURES PAINTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ILLUSTRATING THE DRAMATIC WORKS OF SHAKSPEARE, BY THE ARTISTS OF GREAT-BRITAIN. JOHN AND JOSIAH BOYDELL, 1803 [-1805]
2 volumes in one, large folio, portrait frontispieces in each volume, engraved vignettes on title pages, and 95 engraved plates (39 in volume one and 49 in volume 2; the 7 As You Like It "Seven Ages" plates bound at end), contemporary diced calf, with marbled paper panel on both boards, Greek border tooled in blind, spine gilt in compartments, binding worn, occasional slight marginal worming, lacking one plate (Vol. 2, No. 48: "Shakspeare Nursed by Tragedy and Comedy"), some tissue guards torn
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Provenance

The Forbes Baronetcy was created in 1626 for Sir William Forbes (d. circa 1650) by James VI in the Barontage of Nova Scotia. The majority of the works offered here were acquired by the sixth Baronet, also William (1739-1806), who added Pitsligo to his title in 1781. He was an eminent Scottish banker and benefactor, good friend of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson (see lots 45-46), and finally succeeded in recovering the Pitsligo estates forfeited after the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. His son William, the seventh baronet, beat Sir Walter Scott to the hand of the renowned beauty Williamina Belsches Stuart (1776-1810), and it was with their marriage that the family moved to her family seat, Fettercairn House in Kincardineshire, Aberdeenshire.

Catalogue Note

Described by Josiah Boydell in the Preface as "a work, which, for its magnitude and expense, is certainly unparalleled in any age of country; and bears much more the appearance of a National Undertaking, executed at the public expense, than the enterprise of the branches of one private family".

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