SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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BUCK, Adam.
The Darling.

Adam Buck Was born in 1759 in Cork, the elder son of Jonathan Buck, a silversmith in Castle Street. He practised for some years in his native city, painting miniatures, and small portraits in water-colours. According to Pasquin he also worked in Dublin, but he never exhibited there except once after he had left Ireland when he sent to the Hibernian Society of Artists in 1802 a portrait drawing. In 1795 he went to London and commenced to exhibit at the Royal Academy, where he was represented for the next thirty-eight years, the year 1800 only excepted, the total number of his contributions being seventy-one. He also exhibited at the British Institution and the Society of British Artists. Buck was busily employed not only at his work as a miniature painter but as a teacher of portraiture and in drawings of fancy figure subjects from which the now well-known and sought-for stipple engravings were done.

London; Ackermann, 1808-1813.
London; Ackermann, 1808-1813.

A collection of 8 exquisite hand-coloured stipple copperplate engravings depicting scenes of children alone or at their mothers' side. Good condition. Slim folio, elegantly bound in full green polished calf; ornate gilt decorations on boards and spine; inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. The front hinge is slightly cracked. No title page. Coloured plates in order: 1. The Darling Asleep. 2. The Darling Awake. 3. Come, Father's Hope! - Come, Mother's Glory! Now Listen To A Pretty Story. 4. Ride On Pickback, My Darling. 5. Mamma, Don't Make Me Beg In Vain: Pray Read That Pretty Book Again. 6. The Darling Dancing. 7. My Tambourine. 8. Maternal Instruction.