AN ORIGINAL 18th CENTURY ANTIQUE ENGRAVING BY
AFTER A PORTRAIT BY ENGLISH PAINTER
JOHN PYM (d.1643), LEADER OF THE LONG PARLIAMENT, FIERCE CRITIC
OF KING CHARLES I AND ONE OF THE ‘FIVE MEMBERS’ WHOSE ATTEMPTED ARREST SPARKED
THE ENGLISH CIVIL WARS
Michael Vandergucht (1683 – 1756) originally engraved this image, amongst
others, for Edward Ward’s verse history of the English Civil Wars, ‘History of
the Grand Rebellion’ (1713). Vandergucht
worked from a likeness of John Pym painted by London’s Edward Bower (active
1635-67), who is best known for his portraits of Charles I at his trial.
engravings were then re-used, with plate numbers added, in later editions of
the (much better known) ‘History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England’, by
Edward Hyde, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to Charles I, who was later
raised to the peerage as 1st Earl of Clarendon.
in Somerset, qualified as a lawyer and became a committed Puritan before
entering Parliament, latterly serving as MP for Tavistock in Devon. He emerged as one of the King’s leading
opponents, defending the rights and powers of Parliament and attacking royal
advisors such as Strafford and Laud.
When the first English Civil War broke out in 1642, Pym helped to
finance the Parliamentary war effort – but did not live to see his side’s
victory. He died, probably from cancer,
This example of Vandergucht’s engraving, which
is in Very Good condition, apparently comes
from Clarendon rather than from Ward, as it has the plate number 23 in the
bottom right corner (see our scans).
This listing is for an original antique engraving – not for a modern print or facsimile.
the images accompanying this listing are of the actual item for sale. However, the images are derived from professional-quality
scans of the artwork that may not include the entire piece of paper. We aim for total accuracy in all our listings
and will always include (under CONDITION, below) details of any tears, creasing,
foxing or other defects affecting the sheet of paper, as well as any affecting
the artwork itself.
we also strive to include accurate historical details regarding artists,
engravers, publications and publishers.
SIZE, CONDITION AND FURTHER
Approximate size of engraving: 6” x 3.9” / 167mm x 97mm
Approximate size of paper: 8.5” x 5” / 216mm x 130mm
GENERAL CONDITION: VERY GOOD
grade the overall condition of antique and vintage artworks in one or more of
the following four categories:
EXCELLENT: no rips, folds, creasing, foxing (age-related spots and
browning often found on antique and vintage paper documents such as book pages,
engravings, etc.), or other major defects.
GOOD: minor foxing / spotting
confined to the margins of the artwork.
GOOD: more general foxing, not limited to the margins of the
FAIR: a large amount of foxing or some other significant defect
such as a tear or crease.
SUITABLE FOR FRAMING: YES
This is a
clean and well-defined example of Vandergucht’s engraving after Edward Bower. Unlike many original artworks of this vintage
(250+ years), it has not suffered serious foxing (age-related light brown
spots), although there is some browning along the top and vertical edges of the
sheet of heavyweight laid paper. There
are no other obvious defects. The width
of the left margin, which is thinner than its counterpart on the right, and
which narrows from c.9mm at the top of the portrait to c.6mm at the bottom,
means that only a small amount of the unprinted margin could be shown if the
engraving was mounted prior to being framed.
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& RETURNS POLICY
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working day of receipt of cleared payment.
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item(s) by Royal Mail 1st Class stamps. For some items, the charge may include a minimal
sum to cover the cost of packaging materials.
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Royal Mail 1st Class Signed For.
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Special Delivery 1.00pm service.
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Rest of World
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both. Please contact us by email to find
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We seek to ensure that every item we sell,
wherever it is going, is shipped suitably protected against the risk of damage
in transit. Artworks such as paintings,
drawings and original antique engravings are always shipped flat, inside
acid-free bags within tough all-board envelopes, and with extra internal
stiffening. Archival canvas prints, also
protected by acid-free bags, may be sent rolled-up in stout, sealed cardboard
Terence Kerr Images is confident you will be
delighted with your purchase. However,
if you are not satisfied for any reason and you return any item to us within 14
days of delivery, in the same condition in which it was supplied, we will
refund the purchase price (which includes outward shipping) in full. This offer excludes any return postage and
packaging costs that you may incur.