St Stephens Bell Man. Charles Williams.

St Stephens Bell Man

London: S W Fores, August 25th 1820. Wiiliams, Charles. Wraps. 24.5 x 35 cm. Hand colored etching. Castlereagh, wearing the caped coat (blue with red facings, for the Windsor uniform) of a bell-man over his own fashionable trousers, &c., stands in a London street in profile to the left, ringing his bell and shouting with his hand cupped to his mouth. The Queen looks from a first-floor window (in Wood's house in South Audley Street, see No. 13734), holding a disk inscribed '2/6'. Castlereagh: "Stolen or Strayed, Lost or Miss led, a fine Old Buck of the Hanoverian Breed the Prime of the Herd in good condition, rather thick about the Ancle's, most graceful in his action, full about the Neck & Chops, his Rump erect, Haunches square, quick in his paces when persueing or persued, is extremely fond of his Antlers or Horns; which he seems particularly desirous of showing, was last seen in the Neighbourhood of Virginia Water, which it is supposed he mistook for the Lake of Como, being then seen toying with a remarkable fine Doe & her full grown Kid, having left his former Doe, who has been ever since worried by a set of Mongrel Animals, who ever will give information of his retreat or if any accident has befallen him, or if straying with any of the wild does of that neighbourhood [a phrase in brackets erased] so that he may be restored to the Herd a Crown will be the Reward!!" The Queen says: "aye Master Bell Man if you can but restore him it will be worth Half a Crown to me." Paper adhesions on verso corners. Very Good. Item #22978

Price: $225.00

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