Charles I, birth of Prince Charles, silver medal, 1630, attributed to Nicolas Briot, cruciform arms of England and France, Scotland, France, and Ireland over radiant star, HACTENVS ANGLORVM NVLLI, rev., legend in five lines, within cartouche, HONOR PRIN MAG BRIT FRA ET HIB NAT 29 MAI ANN 1630, 30.5mm (MI 254/35; Eim. 116; Platt p. 128).
Extremely fine and toned.
Nicholas Briot (about 1579–1646) was an innovative French coin engraver, medallist and mechanical engineer, who emigrated to England and became chief engraver to the Royal Mint in 1633 and is credited with the invention of the coining-press.
Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals
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 & 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: Charles Grignion,
Size 16 x 10 cms
Butler was a writer whose poem, Hudibras, published in three parts (1662, 1663 and 1678), was an immediate success. Based on his experiences in the households of the Puritan gentry, it is an envenomed satirical attack on Puritanism, written in cantering octosyllabics, full of puns and outrageous rhymes. Charles II enjoyed it, and for a century it was a bestseller.
Artist: Sir Peter Lely
Size 16 x 9 cms
Anna produced the humanitarian Tales of Pity on Fishing, Shooting and Hunting in 1814, and collaborated with her sister on collections of stories. In all, she published some thirty works, many being translated into French.
Subject gender: Female
Artist: George Henry Harlow
Size 13 x 11 cms
Queen of William IV and eldest daughter of George, Duke of Saxe-Coburg Meiningen. The untimely death of Princess Charlotte, the daughter of George, Prince Regent, in 1817 prompted the unmarried sons of George III to find brides in order to beget legitimate heirs to throne. Adelaide and William, Duke of Clarence married in 1818. She became queen on his accession to the throne in 1830. She was unpopular for her supposed interference in politics during the agitation for reform.
Subject gender: Female
Artist: Sir William Beechey
Size 19 x 15 cms