Thursday, 3 October 2013
Budleigh prints in sale
The Museum’s Antiquities Consultant and auctioneer Piers Motley-Nash, owner of Bicton Street Auction Rooms, describes both examples as original and in good condition, framed and glazed.
The second item,
296 shown above, is described as a tinted engraving after C.F. Williams and dedicated to
Lady Rolle by the R.B. Paine Library, Salterton. The artist is described by Sidmouth antiquary
Peter Orlando Hutchinson as an old friend of his: the two used to go out
sketching together as boys. In a Journal entry for Monday 12 September, POH records that he drove to Beer to see Williams who had 'some beautiful watercolours'.
Lady Rolle (1794-1885) in her peerage robes. Portrait by Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)
As for Lady Rolle, the second wife of John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle (1750-1842), she was born Louisa Trefusis and was celebrated for creating the grand landscaped gardens at Bicton. An American visitor in 1864 described her as a remarkable woman, without equal or like in
“She is a female rival of Alexander the Great. The world that the Grecian
conqueror subjugated was a small affair in space compared with the two
hemispheres which this English lady has taken by the hair of the head and bound
to her chair of state. It seems to have been her ambition for nearly half a
century to do what was never done before by man or woman in filling her great
park and gardens with a collection of trees and shrubs that should be to them
what the England is to the relics of antiquity and
the literature of all ages". British Museum
Viewing for the sale is on Friday 4 October from 9.30 am - 5.00 pm, and Saturday 5 October from 9.30 am - 1.30 pm. The sale itself begins at 10.00 am the following Monday. Click on http://www.piersmotleyauctions.co.uk/ for more information on Bicton Street Auction Rooms.