The son of a linen-draper, Pope was first noticed by Jacob Tonson who published his Pastorals in 1709. With The Rape of the Lock 1712, and his translations of Homer, Pope became the most formidable literary figure of his day, with a large circle of friends and enemies. Primarily a satirical poet and of unsurpassed metrical skill, he wrote ‘what oft was thought, but ne’er so well expressed’. A friend of Swift and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and famous in the history of landscape gardening for the grounds of his villa at Twickenham, he was revered as one of the great personalities of the age.
Artist: by John Simon, after Michael Dahl 1728
Size 35 x 25cm trimmed as illustrated
Charles I, a miniature silver Royalist badge, by Thomas Rawlins, bust of Charles I left, his hair falling over plain lace collar, rev., in incuse, crowned shield of arms within Garter, 15.5 x 11mm (MI 363/240; pl. XXXII/18; Platt I, p. 290, type O, not illustrated), integral suspension loop.
Very fine with dark tone and very rare.
Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals
The alliance between England, France and the United Provinces, Dutch copper jeton, 1596, struck in Dordrecht, Belgic Lion to left, with sword and arrows, SC below, rev., hand from clouds holds three linked tassels, RVMPITVR HAVD FACILE MDXCVI, 29mm (MI 160/141; vL I, 471; Dugn 3398).
Louis XIV, naval action off Beachy Head [Bévéziers], French copper medal, 1690, by J. Mauger, bust right with flowing hair, rev., Louis enthroned in pavilion gives instructions to Victory who holds palm branch and three arrows, VICTORIA OBSEQVENS, further legend in exergue, 41.5mm (MI 711/125; vL IV, 15, 3; MH 110; Divo 231).
From the series of medals depicting Medallic History of Louis XIV.
The Peace of Ryswick [Rijswijk], small Dutch silver medallet, 1697, by Jan Luder, Charity raises a kneeling mother with child in her arms, rev., military trophies burning on an altar, DER VREEDE TOT RYSWK GESLOOTEN, 20.5mm (MI 174/464; vL IV, 248).
These medallets were given to those who participated in a celebratory lottery in the town of Muiden.
Charles II, Exile or Restoration gilt-silver badge, crowned bust right, hair long over lace collar, in incuse, CAROLVS SECVNDVS, rev., in incuse, crowned Royal arms within Garter, C – R to either side of crown, 32.5 x 21.5mm (MI 440/9, illus.; pl. XL/14), integral suspension loop.
Provenance: Ex E. K. Barnsdale Collection, Spink, New York, 2001
John Gidley (1632-c. 1713), surgeon, uniface oval bronze portrait medal, 1682, bust right, mantle around shoulders, JOANNES GIDLEY LOND, AD 1682 E S 50, 71 x 58mm (MI 590/268; Brettauer 401).
Very fine and extremely rare.
John Gidley was born and baptized in Winkleigh, Devon. He finished his education at Exeter College, Oxford, 1653/54 and gained an M.A. in 1660. He was a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Barber-Surgeons’ Company. His brother Bartholomew was a famous Royalist during the Civil War whist some of his descendants emigrated to Newport, Rhode Island.
Provenance: Bt T. Millett, March 2009.
Elizabeth I, an engraved silver counter, in imitation of those by Simon de Passe, facing bust on ruff and arched crown, rev., REGINA, 22mm; others from the same set (4), each with male portrait, revs., armorial shields (2), Tudor rose and coronet; further counters (2), cross / rose and shield / rose, all 22mm, perhaps 18th century.
Very fine and possibly a unique group. (7)
A most unusual and un-explained group or part set.
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Princess Matilda and the Electress Sophia (1630-1714) and the Protestant succession, silver medal, 1701, by Samuel Lambelet, bust of Princess Matilda [daughter of Henry II] to right, legend in two lines around, MATILDAN FILIA H II R ANGL …, rev., bust of Princess Sophia [granddaughter of James I] to right, legend in two lines around, SOPHIA EX STIRPE …, 65mm (MI 218/542; Brockm 752; Stemper 197).
Large impressive medal, good very fine.
The medal was struck to demonstrate how, following the lack of male heirs by either Queen Mary or Queen Anne, the Protestant line would succeed to the English throne, from the descendants of these two princesses, as indeed happened in 1714.
Portrait of Charles, 8th Lord Kinnaird of Inchture (1780-1826)
By Johann Heinrich Schröder 1757-1812
Pastel drawing on paper 15 x 13 inches
Contained in Good giltwood frame
Framed size: 17¼ x 15½ inches
Johann Heinrich Schroeder (1757 Meiningen – 1812 Meiningen) was a pupil of J.H.Tischbein in Cassel, made study trips to England, where he portrayed members of the royal family, and to the Netherlands. He worked at various German courts (along with others in Hannover and Berlin), in 1785 became royal portraitist of the Duke of Brunswyck, further was a royal painter in Baden. During his late period he lived alternately in his native Meiningen and in Brunswyck. He worked mainly in pastel and was the best German artist of his time using this technique.