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CATALOGUE OF THE ANCIENT STAINED GLASS ...
[Catalogue. c. 1804?]
A catalogue of the ancient stained glass, for sale, at the warehouse, in Norwich, and No. 97, Pall-Mall, London. ... Letters, ... directed to Mr. Comyns, as above, will be attended to with punctuality.
Norwich printed by Stevenson and Matchett, [c. 1804?].
[4], 19, [1] p. ; 17.8 cm. (8º)

A private sale catalogue, including as lot 242 a set of lights 'formerly belonging to the Carthusian Monastery, at Rouen'. To be dated around 1804? BBTI gives printer dates 1781--1800 but paper is watermarked 'C. WILMOTT/ 1803'. Mr Comyns worked with or for John Christophe Hampp of Norwich, who was instrumental in the importation of huge quantities of Continental glass into England around 1800. For an account of Hampp's project, see: Jean Lafond, 'The traffic in old stained glass from abroad during the 18th and 19th centuries in England', Journal of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters, XIV, No. 1, 1964, pp. 58--67. An advertisement on the last page refers to the celebrated portrait of the King by the late Sir Joshua Reynolds. This was James Pearson's stained glass rendition of Reynold's portrait of 1780, made in 1793 and acquired for Windsor c. 1839 (Inv. No. 1992/6) and currently on loan to the Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral.

Copy Notes Unannotated. Pamphlet sewn and tipped onto a guard, bound (1) in a collection of catalogues of 'Articles Of Virtu', 1798 to 1832.

Binding Later C19th half calf, maroon binder's cloth boards. Numbered '22' in a series of sale catalogue volumes.

Reference Number 4984


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