A newly discovered Bartolozzi pictorial Submitted by John Blatchly
"Jim Shurmer kindly sent me a scan of this fine design, its Latin inscription 'Ex-libris Elisabethae Lichtner' correctly declining the lady's first name into the genitive. I can as yet throw no light on her identity, but accept Anthony Pincott's suggestion that the design was borrowed as recently as 1900, and most Lichtners seem based in the United States.
Bartolozzi almost always stipple-engraved bookplates after Cipriani but the designer of this Classical scene is E F Burney, Edward Francis, favourite nephew of Dr Charles Burney and cousin of Fanny. His father Richard Burney, Charles's brother, was a dancing master. Of the young Edward Francis, Sir Joshua Reynolds wrote 'His propensity to painting is so strong that I believe we must call it genius'. High praise from the master, with a recommendation that he should be hung at the Royal Academy which he was from 1780 to 1793. Read of him (as E B) in Charles Lamb's Essay Valentine's Day. He was a prolific illustrator, for example, for his uncle Charles's Handel Commemoration of 1784, the History of Music and his cousin James Burney's Discoveries in the Pacific. He played the violin at the Norbury home of his cousin Susan and her husband: 'We do not apply to Edward commonly till after supper – and then he is grown very good. Good food and good wine no doubt. EFB died unmarried at his house in Wimpole Street in 1848, aged 88."
Note from Lew . I am always delighted to receive submissions for inclusion in the blog and am most appreciative that John Blatchly took the time to send us this information.
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Two of the things I enjoy most about this strange hobby are bookplate exchanges, and researching topics about which I know very little.This three inch square bookplate from Newmarket Virginia was one of the items I recently got in an exchange with a fellow collector.My educated guess is that Rebecca Hentel * was a Mennonite and she lived in late 18th or early 19th century.
. I just ordered a copy of the book listed below to learn more about the subject and I will keep you updated