Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Dillon the Most Rare Vanity Fair Cricket Print

The rarest of all the Vanity Fair cricket prints. Published just before the demise of the magazine in the early part of the 20th century. Very scarce.

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Edward Wentworth Dillon. Kent 1900-1923. Vanity Fair. 'The Champion County' by OWL and dated September 13th 1913. Men of the Day 2339. Original photolitho print.

' Kent's yearly bid for the County Championship dates from Mr. Dillon's acceptance of the captaincy in 1909. In that year and in 1909, Kent were champions. In 1911 they were second in the list, and in 1912, third. This year they are the champions once again.
Mr. Dillon began palaying cricket for Kent in 1900, when he was still at Rugby. He was in the Oxford Elevens of 1901 and 1902. His university career, like that of many other great men, was abbreviated'

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Friday, 8 June 2012

Vanity Fair Print - Fencing Caricature - Egerton Castle

Men of the Day No. 944 . Egerton Castle by Spy.

Title: 'He insists, the pen is mightier than the sword' Medium: Chromolithograph dated March 9th 1905.
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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Vanity Fair Print - 'An Artful Bowler' - Bosanquet

Men of the Day 930. Mr. B. J. T. Bosanquet by Spy.
'An Artful Bowler' - Played cricket for Eton and Oxford. Originally a fast bowler 'but delivers "googlies" with an artful discrimination. His most dangerous ball is one which seems to have a leg break, but which comes the other way.' Related to Reginald Bosanquet the former ITN news reader.

B. J. T. Bosanquet - An Artful Bowler by Spy

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Friday, 9 March 2012

William Daniell Aquatint - Brixham Torbay

Brixham, Torbay , William Daniell, coloured original aquatint. From his publication, 'A Voyage Round Great Britain' this is an original aquatint having been drawn and engraved by the artist.
Published by W. Daniell, Russel Place, Fitzroy Square, London, May 20th 1825. 

 William Daniell RA 1769 - 1837
English painter. Born in Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey. His father was a bricklayer and owner of a public house called The Swan in near-by Chertsey. Daniell’s future career was dramatically changed when he was sent to live with his uncle Thomas (1749–1840) after the premature death of his father in 1779. His uncle was an artist and later Royal Academician, and William became his pupil. Uncle and nephew left Britain in April 1785 to voyage throughout China and India. In Calcutta in 1791, they held a lottery of their combined paintings, using the proceeds to continue their travelling and sketching. They returned to Britain in 1794, where they put their experiences to use in exhibition-size oil paintings. Daniell’s ‘View of the East India Fleet in the Sunda Strait’ reflects his travels, and in 1819 he published an illustrated book A Picturesque Voyage to India by way of China. In 1821, he was elected a Royal Academician. His shipping scenes, such ‘A Bird’s-Eye View of the East India Dock at Blackwell’ (National Maritime Museum, London), were supplemented by greatly admired battle pieces. In 1825, he won a prize of £100 for a pair of the ‘Battle of Trafalgar’, exhibited at the British Institution. He continued to work until his death 12 years later.

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