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Book Description
Scarce fan leaf, the stipple engraved design originally issued as a decorative print, but here in a slightly altered form pressed into a new use. The finely produced stipple engraving was by William Thomas Fry (1789–1843), taken after a design by the famous Irish miniature and portrait painter Adam Buck (1759–1833). Although the engravings original purpose was as a decorative print, the copperplate was presumably ‘sold on’ to reappear as a fan at a slightly later date. The original imprint has been removed or hidden under some additional green foliage at the edges although some traces are still just visible. The subject includes a Psyche filling a dish from a fountain whilst Cupid is shown hiding underneath clutching at his bow, to complete the picture pair of love birds are shown fraternising behind Psyche. ‘Buck influenced Regency taste through his work, which was engraved and widely published. He did fashion plates, produced decorative engravings, and did illustrations (1801) for Sterne’s Sentimental Journey. The decorative pieces were fanciful genre pictures of mothers and children, personifications of Faith, Hope, and Charity, and classical subjects such as Cupid and Psyche. Sentimental figurative pieces were used to decorate furniture and were adapted as designs for the decoration of china, embroidery, and fans. Buck was greatly influenced by the Greek Revival and he included Greek vases and sculpture, as well as Greek-inspired furniture, in his portraits. His sitters wear high-waisted muslin dresses and have curly hair-styles à la grecque. He was a collector of Greek vases and was familiar with private collections which he used as devices in his work, as in his Self-Portrait with his Family (Yale U. CAB).’[ODNB] We can find no record of who produced the fan, although to the left hand edge of the pedestal are engraved the letters ‘N.D. 46.’, which may have been some form of stock reference.
Dealer Notes
Not in the Schreiber Collection of Fans and Fan-Leaves.
Author [FAN]. [BUCK Adam artist & FRY, William Thomas, engraver].
Date July, 30, 1815].
Binding Stipple engraved fan leaf printed in colours, 52cm x 23cm, with only minor wear, and in remarkable fresh, original condition.
Publisher [Published and sold by Edwd. Orme Bond St Corner of Brook St, London.
Condition with only minor wear, and in remarkable fresh, original condition.

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