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  • An Almanac of Twelve Sports by William Nicholson,

    £550 Stock code: AD1500
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    An Almanac of Twelve Sports by William Nicholson,

    The Almanac was first published by Heinemann in London for Christmas 1897 with a calendar for the year 1898. Sir William Nicholson was a late 19th Century painter and print-maker. His experiments with woodcut printing encouraged the development of his distinctive pictorial style. After making his name with a series of twelve portraits of public figures (which won a gold medal at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris) he moved on to produce this Almanac of twelve sports for his new publisher, Heinemann. The accompanying text was provided by the poet Rudyard Kipling. Kipling was not an enthusiastic sportsman, in fact he derided 'flannelled fools at the wicket' and 'muddied oafs at the goal' in his poem The Islanders however, after sitting for a Nicholson portrait, he agreed to provide a set of short poems to match the depicted sports. Kipling adopted a concise and suggestive style for the poems, harking back to his Departmental ditties of the 1880's. One verse at least, the draft couplet for the coaching party depicted in August, was considered too suggestive by half and was excised by Heinemann as unsuitable for the family audience he had in mind:

    'Youth on the box and liquor in the boot / My Lord drives out with my Lord's prostitute.'

    Dimensions: 1cm (0½") Wide
    Stock code: AD1500
    £550
  • Cricket, Railways, and Agriculture,

    £250 Stock code: AD1562 12
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    Cricket, Railways, and Agriculture,

    A framed chromolithograph by Spy (Sir Leslie Ward) picturing Charles George Lyttleton, 8th Viscount Cobham, Liberal MP for East Worcestershire. A first class cricketer who played 35 first class matches in his life, he was elected President of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1888. Cobham was also a member of the Tennis Committee of the MCC and was responsible for framing standardised rules for the new sport of lawn tennis. These unified Laws of Lawn Tennis were published on 29 May 1875.  
    Dimensions: 45cm (17¾") High, 31cm (12¼") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AD1562 12
    £250
  • He insists that his pen is mightier than his sword,

    £200 Stock code: AD1562 9
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    He insists that his pen is mightier than his sword,

    Framed chromolithograph by Spy (Sir Leslie Ward) picturing Mr Egerton Castle MA FRSA, author, antiquarian and swordsman. He was an early practitioner of reconstrucred historical fencing he went on to be apponted British fencing and sabre captain in two Olympic Games. A keen collector of bookplates, he also published several novels, often in partnership with his wife Agnes Sweetman Castle, a number of which were turned into early motion pictures.
    Dimensions: 45cm (17¾") High, 31cm (12¼") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AD1562 9
    £200
  • William Nicholson, Sports as Months of the Year

    £195 Stock code: AA1280 January
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    William Nicholson, Sports as Months of the Year

    Original lithograph. Framed.
    Dimensions: 29cm (11½") High, 25cm (9¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AA1280 January
    £195
  • William Nicholson, Sports as Months of the Year

    £195 Stock code: AA1280 May
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    William Nicholson, Sports as Months of the Year

    Original lithograph. Framed.
    Dimensions: 29cm (11½") High, 25cm (9¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AA1280 May
    £195
  • William Nicholson, Sports as Months of the Year

    £195 Stock code: AA1280 June
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    William Nicholson, Sports as Months of the Year

    Original lithograph. Framed.
    Dimensions: 29cm (11½") High, 25cm (9¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AA1280 June
    £195
  • William Nicholson, Sports as Months of the Year

    £195 Stock code: AA1280 September
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    William Nicholson, Sports as Months of the Year

    Original lithograph. Framed.
    Dimensions: 29cm (11½") High, 25cm (9¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AA1280 September
    £195
  • A hard rider,

    £190 Stock code: AD1562 13
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    A hard rider,

    Framed Chromolithograph by SPY (Sir Leslie Ward) picturing 'Captain' David Longfield Beatty, infamous soldier and amateur sportsman of the late Victorian period. An Anglo-Irish horse dealer and trainer from County Wexford, Captain Beatty was considered a violent and unpleasant bully. After cuckolding a brother Officer in the 4th Hussars he was dismissed from his regiment although he continued to be referred to as 'Captain' - a rank he had never achieved and held only in an honorary capacity. His natural son, David Richard Beatty went on to become Admiral of the Fleet and the 1st Earl Beatty, Viscount Borodale and Baron Beatty of the North Sea and Brooksby sometimes described as 'Britain's last naval hero'.
    Dimensions: 45cm (17¾") High, 31cm (12¼") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AD1562 13
    £190
  • The Record Revolver Shot,

    £190 Stock code: AD1562 8
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    The Record Revolver Shot,

    A framed chromolithograph by SPY (Sir Leslie Ward) picturing Mr Walter Winans, American marksman, hunter, horsebreeder, sculptor and painter. A twice Olympic shooting gold medalist, he also won the gold medal for sculpture at the Stockholm Arts Competition in 1912 for his equestrian bronze 'An American Trotter'.  
    Dimensions: 45cm (17¾") High, 31cm (12¼") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AD1562 8
    £190
  • Cricket at Kennington Oval

    £180 Stock code: P01286
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    Cricket at Kennington Oval

    Engraved by Henry Winkles from the original study by William Tombleson. Originally published in the part-work series “Tombleson’s Views of the Thames and Medway” (London : 1833-1834).
    Dimensions: 33cm (13") High, 40cm (15¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01286
    £180
  • Chess,

    £175 Stock code: AD1562 15
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    Chess,

    Framed chromolithograph by APE (Carlo Pellegrini) picturing Joseph Henry Blackburne, British chess master nicknamed 'The Black Death'. Despite only taking up the game at the age of 17 Blackburn became a world champion many times over and an icon of 'Romantic Chess'.    
    Dimensions: 45cm (17¾") High, 31cm (12¼") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AD1562 15
    £175

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    £600 Stock code: P01270 B
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    The Four Elements, Water by Fernand Leger, Verve Vol. 1 / No. 1.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
    Dimensions: 51cm (20") High, 40cm (15¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
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    £600 Stock code: P01270 E
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    Divagations II, by Henri Matisse, Verve Vol. 1 / No. 1.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
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    £500 Stock code: P01275 D
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    Portraits Part I by Constantin Guys, Verve Vol 2 / No. 5-6.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
    Dimensions: 51cm (20") High, 40cm (15¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01275 D
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    £175 each Stock code: P01266 O
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    18th Century French Engravings of Dogs

    Published for, Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière (1749–1804), which was the first modern attempt to systematically present all existing knowledge in the fields of natural history, geology, and anthropology.
    Dimensions: 36cm (14¼") High, 31cm (12¼") Wide, 13cm (5") Deep
    Stock code: P01266 O
    £175 each