Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Newly Discovered Bartolozzi Pictorial and Bookplate Exchanges

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.
Here is John's collector profile.

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

History of Mennonites in Virginia 1727-1900 (vol 1) , by Harry Anthony Brunk

*Fellow Collector Michael Kunze just sent me this information .

Thank you Michael

Hello Lewis,
very interesting, your bookplate of Rebecca Henkel (not: Hentel) as you wrote.
found some more stuff about her family I guess,, look for:

Physicians in the Shenandoah Valley: Letters, 1860-1864


Mar 26, 2013 Henkel , Rebecca to Henkel , Caspar Coiner, March 1860. Broguerun. Va. by this time is John in NewmarketNew Market (Va.) 

Note From Lew  Now that I have the correct spelling a Google search  led me to this site:

I discovered that Rebecca Henkel's husband  Dr. Solomon Henkel owned a printing press..
"According to his will and the settlement of his estate (9 Nov 1847), Dr. Solomon Henkel owned an Operating room, Laboratory, Medicine Rook, Brick storehouse with counting room, and a Bookbindery and Copperplate Press. Although Solomon‟s younger brother, Ambrose Henkel, was the first printer in New Market, Solomon is known to have co-owned the Henkel Printing Press, or at least had controlling interest in it, as of 1807, 1811, 1817, according to various sources. These buildings were grouped near each other , rather like a family compound"

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