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Richard Blome (1660-1705) - c.1710 Engraving, Bird Hunting Scene



An interesting hand-coloured copper plate engraving titled 'Taking Bird with a Low Bell and Batt Fowling'. Published as part The Gentleman’s Recreations, intended for the education and edification of the British country gentleman at the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment. The entire set consists of three parts, the first being an introduction to the liberal arts and sciences, and the remainder of the book a guide to sporting and agriculture at the English Country house. The sporting subjects include British pastimes of the period including hunting, falconry, and fishing. This plate has an engraved dedication in the lower margin to the aristocratic patron who subscribed to the original publication. Signed in plate. On laid.


Condition is typical for a picture of this age. There is a repaired 3.5cm tear to the right edge. With some discolouration and creasing across the print.


28.4 x 19.8cm (11.2" x 7.8")
Sheet: 37.6 x 23cm (14.8" x 9.1")
Plate: 34.5 x 21cm (13.6" x 8.3")

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Artist Biography

Richard Blome was among the most active publishers of cartographic and illustrated books in late 17th and early 18th century London. He was the first publisher in England for 40 years to prepare a new folio world atlas, the first in over 60 years to publish a new set of folio county maps, the first to seriously plan an illustrated description of London, and the first to plan a series of volumes related to the various world continents. In the 1680s, Blome issued The Gentleman’s Recreation, The History of The Old Testament and a three-volume translation of the works of French philosopher Rene Descartes.

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Code pg805
Artist Richard Blome (1660-1705)
Date c.1710
Dimensions 28.4 x 19.8cm
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Genre Scene
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