A rare plumbago drawing of James, Prince of Wales (1688-1766)
A rare plumbago drawing of James, Prince of Wales (1688-1766)
A rare plumbago drawing of James, Prince of Wales (1688-1766)

H. BURGH (worked from c.1740)

A rare plumbago drawing of James, Prince of Wales (1688-1766)

1742 London

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plumbago on vellum, in the original turned pearwood frame

This is an enchanting and well executed plumbago by H Burgh. In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A-K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons., p.201 Burgh is described as an English engraver who worked in London in the 1750's. He worked principally for booksellers, and was chiefly employed for engraving portraits, among them is "Thomas Bradbury Minister of the Gospel," from his own design. From this entry we know therefore that Burgh was not only an engraver but was also capable of creating his own drawings.

This image is after the engraving by Gérard Edelinck of the portrait painted at Saint-Germain-en-Laye by Largillière in 1692.

In A Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical Account of All the Engravers, from the Earliest Period of the Art of Engraving to the Present Time; and a Short List of Their Most Esteemed Works. ... With Several Curious Specimens of the Performances of the Most Ancient Artists, By Joseph Strutt, p. 161. he states that Burgh's work is slight and indifferent - this charming plumbago would disprove this statement. The drawing is accomplished, particularly in the facial features.
minor water stain at 6'o'clock at the border
A Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical Account of All the Engravers, from the Earliest Period of the Art of Engraving to the Present Time; and a Short List of Their Most Esteemed Works. ... With Several Curious Specimens of the Performances of the Most Ancient Artists, By Joseph Strutt, p. 161.

In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A-K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons., p.201
Dimensions
Height 3.50 inch (8.89 cm)
Stock Code
4916
Medium
plumbago on vellum
Signed/Inscribed
Signed H Burgh and dated 1742
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