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Since 1763 the name 'Russborough' has been synonymous with collecting and dealing in fine art. In the closing decades of the last century the historic town of Port Hope has become home to Lord Russborough's Annex, which specialises in an individual mix of antique maps, paintings and prints.

While Lord Russborough's Annex features a great
many works of museum calibre, we also offer a wonderful selection of prints priced at under $100.

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An extract of our prints currently available:

A false alarm on the road to Gretna
One mile from Gretna

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THE CONSUMMATE ELOPEMENT PRINTS

For all those who have been in love and wished that they could run away together,
defying the world around them regardless of the consequences..... These are the
consummate prints of elopement.

false alarm Gretna _web mile from Gretna_web

A beautiful and delicately hand-tinted pair of original aquatint engravings, depicting
the trials of elopement for a young woman and her lover.
 

REEVE  after  C.B. NEWHOUSE,                                            Click titles for enlargements

1. A FALSE ALARM ON THE ROAD TO GRETNA -  'tis only the mail.  R. Reeves [sic]
2. ONE MILE FROM GRETNA  - Our Governor in sight - with a screw loose !
R.G. Reeve [sic]                                          

Original 19th. century hand - coloured Aquatint engravings by Richard Reeve & Richard
Gilson Reeve[s] after paintings by Charles B. Newhouse, published by B. Moss & Co.

1: 10 7/8 x 16 ¼"  (27.6 x 41.2 cm.)          2: 11¼ x 16" (28.6 x 40.7 cm) excluding letters.

Ref. LK1a&b/ LLNpr/e.andn > DAOL pr                 PRICE CODE  E                           Click here for price codes

These descriptions are abreviated, the full story is available with the purchase of these fine images.
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The unpretentious little village of Gretna Green located one mile inside the boarders of Scotland on the historic coaching road between London and Edinburgh, and as such, was the goal of enterprising runaway couples from England. Under a more liberal Scottish law that existed before 1856, all that was needed to constitute legal marriage was a solemn declaration of willingness, before two witnesses: residential qualifications were not necessary. The enterprising blacksmith at Gretna Green, for a consideration of course, would hastily perform the rough and ready formalities. He did rather well with his sideline, joining over 1,000 in wedlock in front of his anvil. Once the word got about of the lucrative trade, the Innkeeper of the Toll Inn decided that he too should get a piece of the action, over and above his tariff for lodgings, performing an 'all in' package for some 1,300 in six years...........

1. A False Alarm: Witness the consternation of the young heiress during a hasty change of horses at a coaching inn (The artist's name is on the sign board). Seated in her lover's Phæton, when the noise of approaching hooves, the snorting of the straining horses, the chink of metal harness and wheels is suddenly upon them. From behind the stable appears the York to Edinburgh mail coach. It passes without stopping.... Fortunately a false alarm ! but enough to make the bosom of the would-be-bride heave with stress and emotion........

2. One mile from Gretna: A speeding Phæton carries a love-matched, eloping couple across the Scottish border to their unsanctioned, if not illicit, wedding destination; when atop a recently crossed hill, their traveling companions and witnesses espy a coach-and-four. Through his spyglass he recognizes the figure of a pursuing parent alighting from the stopped coach. The beau, grasping the hand of his anxious would-be-bride, stands up to offer a purse of coin as an extra incentive to the postillions to urge the horses that last mile to the village. It will be nip and tuck to have the smithy or the innkeeper to conduct an anvil ceremony, but wait ! Hope is at hand, ........

In this condition, these are a fine investment quality pair, and should not be confused with modern restrikes or the 1845 Fores set of 16 Newhouse Roadsters.

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