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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.

An extract of our prints currently available:
Eighth (or The King's) Regt of Foot - 1685
First Regiment of Foot Guards - 1660
British Cavalry Regiments
Set of Four British Regiments of Foot
16th or Queen's Lancers
9th. Lancers
Scottish Regiments
Princess Victoria's Royal Irish Fusiliers
Macbeth Raeburn An English Colonel
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British Paintings in oil
Antique Maps
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turner eighth reg

HAND - TINTED BY J.M.W. TURNER

EIGHTH (OR THE KINGS) REGIMENT OF FOOT - 1685
C.H. Hodges after Edward Dayes. London, 1792.
V. RARE. Original hand coloured Etching.

A Very Rare, beautifully finished coloured plate from a series of nine military mezzotint/ etchings showing the dress of the Foot Guards and the first nine regiments of foot with two figures on each plate. Published in London by Captain Hewgill of the Coldstream Guards and sold by John & Josiah Boydell. 1792-3, after a drawings by Edward Dayes. Nevill considers these to be " the most attractive representations of English uniforms ever executed" (page XXXI).

The Eighth or Kings Regiment of Foot was raised in 1685, and was posted to Canada in late 1787 being stationed in Ontario & Quebec until 1797.

Apart from their rarity (very limited numbers being produced), the desirability of these fine images is assured as it is the work of the colourist that makes them so collectable. For they examples of the watercolour work of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) who as a lad of seventeen was Dayes' apprentice, and it was to him that the task of tinting these fine military images fell. (Carman xvii) The technique of minimalist etched guidelines allowed full scope for the talented colourist to create subtle and interesting shading. A technique and individual style which was to be perfected to such great effect in his later works.

Edward Dayes began his career as a pupil of William Pether and rose to become draughtsman to H.R.H. the Duke of York. Known as a painter of watercolours of a simple, yet graceful, character producing views of considerable merit; much like the character of the man himself. He taught drawing and wrote a book upon the subject. Although frequently praised for the excellence of his figure drawings (as may be seen from this fine plate) he, alas, took his own life, as a result of a loss of a contract, in May 1804.

The plate was engraved by Charles Howard Hodges (1774-1837). A pupil of John Raphael Smith, Hodges rose to become a fine portrait painter but who was renown as a mezzotint engraver, particularly of the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, his technique of a simple etched line with shading tones of mezzotint are a fine example of understated excellence.
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Reference:
Nevill, R. British Military Prints.
Carman, W.Y. British Military Uniforms, from contemporary pictures.

RARE. Original hand coloured Etching. Slight age staining.
Double matted (conservation standards). Fillet & Gilt line. Black & giltwood frame.
Approx. excluding letters. Frame 13 X 15" 33 X 38 cm. Frame 22 X 23"

Ref. LRA.712 /ADN+DLV=RGV/1198 DALN ALNN
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turner firstreg

FIRST REGIMENT OF FOOT GUARDS - 1660
Thomas Kirk after Edward Dayes. London, 1792.

A Very Rare, beautifully finished coloured plate from a series of nine military mezzotint/etchings showing the dress of the Foot Guards and the first nine regiments of foot with two figures on each plate. Published in London by Captain Hewgill of the Coldstream Guards and sold by John & Josiah Boydell. 1792-3, after a drawings by Edward Dayes. Nevill considers these to be "the most attractive representations of English uniforms ever executed" (page XXXI).

The regiment was raised at Bruges in 1656 by King Charles II whilst he was in exile in Belgium. The King, allied to the Spanish, was short of funds and so only five regiments were raised, the most loyal supporters formed 'the Royal Regiment of Guards'. Upon his restoration to England the King raised another Regiment of Foot Guards, namely the King's Regiment of Guards, for his protection. On the death of Thomas, Lord Wentworth in 1665, these two Regiments were joined to form the First Regiment of Foot Guards. this title remained from thence until 1815 when, due to the Regiment's actions at Waterloo, it was granted the present title - The Grenadier Guards. Often referred to as 'Pontius Pilate's Body Guard' the First Regiment of Foot is the oldest in the British Army, and was posted to North America during the French & Indian War 1757-1763; stationed in Canada & New York serving in Louisburg, Nova Scotia & Ticonderoga.

Apart from their rarity (very limited numbers being produced), the desirability of these fine images is assured as it is the work of the colourist that makes them so collectable. For they examples of the watercolour work of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) who as a lad of seventeen was Dayes' apprentice, and it was to him that the task of tinting these fine military images fell (Carman xvii).

The technique of minimalist etched guidelines allowed full scope for the talented colourist to create subtle and interesting shading. A technique and individual style which was to be perfected to such great effect in his later works.

Edward Dayes who began his career as a pupil of William Pether and rose to become draughtsman to H.R.H. the Duke of York. Known as a painter of watercolours of a simple, yet graceful, character producing views of considerable merit; much like the character of the man himself. He taught drawing and wrote a book upon the subject. Although frequently praised for the excellence of his figure drawings (as may be seen from this fine plate) he, alas, took his own life, as a result of a loss of a contract, in May 1804.

The outline plate was etched by Thomas Kirk (fl.1785-97). A pupil of R. Cosway, Kirk became well known as an artist and engraver. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1785 and twelve years later died of consumption, continuing to work right up to the end and being supported in his chair the day before his death to put the finishing touches to a proof. Dayes said of him that "He passed like a meteor through the region of art."
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V. RARE. Original hand coloured Etching. Slight age staining.
Double matted (Conservation standards) Fillet & Gilt line. Black & giltwood frame.
Approx. excluding letters. Frame Plate size 13 X 15 " ( 33 X 38 cm.) Frame 24 1/2 X 25"

Reference:
1. Nevill, R. British Military Prints. 2. Carman, W.Y. British Military Uniforms, from contemporary pictures. 3. The British Army, Internet website.
Ref. LRA.747 /DENim+DELcon+DEVfr=ERA/lnd ALNN Price Code G: Click Here for Pricing Details  SOLD

1742
1758
1806

1742

1758

1806

BRITISH CAVALRY REGIMENTS

"The only thing that they can be relied onto do is to gallop too far and too fast."
- Duke of Wellington on cavalry.

Set of Three images of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards: 1742, 1758, 1806
Printed by Standidge & Co. for Canon's Military Records; London Ca. 1840

Early sets of British military regimental images are now becoming hard to find, apart from the good uniform detail these have attractive background scenes.

Original hand colour stone lithographs.
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Gilt lined Prussian blue mounts, giltwood frames
Approx. excluding letters. Frame 8 X 5" (20.3 X 12.7cm) Frame 131/4 X 10"

Ref. DGL.1177/DGL/gso DNOL
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SET OF FOUR BRITISH REGIMENTS OF FOOT

"There is nothing on earth so stupid as a gallant officer."
-Duke of Wellington on Heroism.

12th. Regiment 1848

12th. Regiment 1848

87th. Regiment 1793

87th. Regiment 1793

39th. Regiment

39th. Regiment

70th. Regiment: Colours Front & Rear Officers uniforms

70th. Regiment: Colours
Front & Rear
Officers uniforms

Early sets of British regimental images are now becoming hard to find, in addition to the good uniform detail these have extremely attractive background scenes.

Original hand colour stone lithographs
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Gilt lined Prussian blue mounts, gilt wood frames.
Approx. excluding letters. Frame 8 X 5" (20.3 X 12.7cm) Frame 131/4 X 10"

Ref. DGL.1178-82-4/DGL/gso DANN, Price Code: As a set. Price Code E: Click Here for Pricing Details SOLD

16th or Queens Lancers

Canon's Military Records  XVI or Queen's Lancers 
Hand tinted stone lithograph double matted, glazed, ornate gilt-wood frame  5 x 7 1/8' (12.7 x 17.8 cm) Frame 10 x 12"
Ref. RY19 (179)/ON /r.ando>AOL    PRICE CODE B

First raised in 1759, the 16th The Queen's Lancers was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It saw service for two centuries, before being amalgamated with the 5th. Royal Irish Lancers to form the 16th/5th Lancers in 1922.

9thj Lancers

Harris J.  after Martens H. 9th. Lancers 1849
 Colour aquatint glazed natural wood frame gilt liner   7 1/8 x 4 3/8 inc.letters (18.1 x 11.1 cm) 14 3/4 x 11 3/4"
Ref. RY18 (179)/ON /r.ando>ANN    PRICE CODE B

First raised in 1715, the 9th. Queen's Royal Lancers was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It saw service for three centuries, including the First and Second World Wars. The regiment survived the immediate post-war reduction in forces, but was amalgamated with the 12th Royal Lancers to form the 9th/12th Royal Lancers in 1960.

walker scots guards Buckhse

Walker E. after Thomas G.H.  Parade of the Scots Fusileer [sic] Guards at Buckingham Palace (before her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince), on the morning of their departure  for the seat of war March 2nd. 1854  

Colour Aquatint, double matted, glazed, cherry wood frame SIZE 15 1/4 x 19 inc letters (38.7x 48.3 cm.)  23 x 27"
Ref. RY7 (179)/ALN/r.ando> LNN   PRICE CODE C


Decorative  and hard to find view of the parade of the Scots Fusilier Guards, prior to their departure for the Crimean War.

First established in 1805, the Scots Fusilier Guards were deployed in the Napoleonic Wars and later in the Crimean War.

In 1854, the Crimean War began, which pitted the United Kingdom, France and the Ottoman Empire against the Russian Empire. The 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards Fusiliers were dispatched as part of the Guards Brigade to the East, being deployed to Malta, Bulgaria and Turkey, before, in September, the British finally landed in the Crimea, at a place called Calamity Bay.

The British and their French allies then began the advance on Sevastopol, a Russian naval base, but was blocked at the River Alma by Russian forces. And here came the Battalion's first engagement at the Battle of Alma, an action that saw chaotic and heavy hand-to-hand combat between the British and Russians. The road to Sevastopol runs through a gap between two hills, one to the east, known as Kourgane Hill and the other to the west, known as Telegraph Hill. On Kourgane Hill there consisted two earthworks, one known as the 'Great Redoubt' on the western side of the hill, while the other was on the eastern side, known as the 'Lesser Redoubt'.

PRINCESS VICTORIA'S ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS

PRINCESS VICTORIA'S ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS

"Ah sure them's troops !" -Remark overheard & quoted by waiter to
Queen Victoria upon returning from reviewing the regiment
during her State visit to Dublin.

(87TH & 89TH FOOT)

Richard Simkin Military Types -No.101, published as a supplement to the Army & Navy Gazette Sat. May 2nd. 1896

Shows good uniform detail of officers and other ranks.
Known as the 'Faughs' from their battle cry 'Faugh-a-Ballagh' ('clear the way'!).

Raised in 1783 as the (Prince of Wales) 87th. Regiment of Foot, after a distinguished career in Europe, Egypt, South America, West Indies & Canada they were amalgamated in 1881 with (Princess Victoria's) 89th. Regiment of Foot, becoming the 1st. Battalion The Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers).

Following a further amalgamation in 1968 they evolved into the Royal Irish Rangers (which are allied to the Vancouver Regiment Irish Fusiliers of Canada) A French Imperial Eagle and two Victoria crosses have been won by the Regiment.

Richard Simkin
Chromolithograph. Click for more information on the printing technique.

Matted London 1896.
Approx. Size Frame 9 X 12 1/4" (22.7 X 31cm) including letters.

Ref. LRA758 /DNS/roo>ASL, PRICE CODE B: Click Here for Pricing Details

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English colonel MAcbeth Raeburn

AN ENGLISH COLONEL
FULL LENGTH PORTRAIT OF AN OFFICER ON THE AMERICAN STATION

Henry Macbeth Raeburn. Published H. Graves & Co., London 1928
Progress proof before title Signed (bottom Left) below image. Colour mezzotint Original reverse painted lacquer and gilt glazing giltwood frame. Bears blind stamp of the Printsellers Association.

A progress proof before title. Signed in pencil on bottom margin and printed on thick wove paper. Depicts a full length standing portrait of a field officer in the British army - a colonel, whilst on the North American station,  during the British Hanovarian colonial era, ca. 1788  - 1790. He wears his naturally dark hair unpowdered.His full tailed scarlet jacket has yellow facings and cuffs is doubled breasted, with gold buttons  un-looped, with no lace, and worn closed as was then the fashion. Gold epaulets are worn on both shoulders. The jacket is white linen lined and worn over a white waist coat and white pantaloons, offset by a black stock and black Hessian boots, around his waist he wares a burgundy sash. The waist belt is worn over his right shoulder following the military dress order of 1788. He stands with his right hand resting on his ornate silver sword hilt , his hand also clasps his black hat, which has a black cockade. Behind him is a flag draped disassembled heavy field canon suggesting that the sitter may have been an ordnance officer. Alas no regimental numbers or badges are distinguishable, but in all this is a handsome military portrait  by an artist who reveled in depicting the glory of the colonial era. This would be a handsome addition to grace the walls of any C/O. or military enthusiast.

Henry Macbeth Raeburn RA. RE. 1860 -1947
A noted Scottish painter and mezzotint engraver of portraits  after the late 18th. and early 19th. century British painters, which reproduced with accuracy and finesse the glory of these earlier masters. etcher of sentimental subjects, landscapes and architectural views after his contemporaries, notably Gainsborough, Reynolds and Sargent, and his own designs. He was a member of the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers, and Engravers. He was the brother of R.W.Macbeth and took the name Raeburn to,distinguish himself. He studied at the RSA. schools and in Paris. Lived in Edinburgh and London.

Reference: Benezit, Dictionnaire de Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, vol. 8, p. 905; Thieme/Becker, Allgemeines Lexicon der bilden Künstler, Vol. 23/24, p. 505; Dictionary of National Biography; O'Donoghue, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits... in the British Museum.

Plate size 26 1/4 x 16 1/8 (66.7 x 41 cm)     Frame 35 3/4 x 24 1/4” 


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