C1831

Earl Grey [Charles 2nd Early Grey]

Artist:

I. Bruce

Very rare silhouette aquatint portrait of Charles Earl Grey (1764-1845) who was instrumental in reviewing the land grants system in Australia. He is portrayed standing hat in hand, standing before a table bearing an inkstand and a large scroll marked … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Earl Grey [Charles 2nd Early Grey]

Date:

C1831

Artist:

I. Bruce

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Aquatint

Image Size: 

115mm 
x 170mm
AUTHENTICITY
Earl Grey [Charles 2nd Early Grey] - Antique Print from 1831

Genuine antique
dated:

1831

Description:

Very rare silhouette aquatint portrait of Charles Earl Grey (1764-1845) who was instrumental in reviewing the land grants system in Australia. He is portrayed standing hat in hand, standing before a table bearing an inkstand and a large scroll marked ‘REPORT’.

Grey with a review of the land grants system and the subsequent creation of  the Ripon land regulations of 1831, brought an end to free grants and provided for sales by auction at a minimum price of 5s. an acre.  In persuading his chief, Viscount Goderich, to adopt this new policy Howick based his views on long-considered planning in the Colonial Office, and much preparation for the change in New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land.  

Ref: Jackson, The History of Silhouettes.

Not in the collection of any Australian institution.

Biography:

John Bruce (fl.1824-1867)  

Engraver, printseller, publisher, printer, bookseller and bookbinder, born in London about 1790. He is also the same ‘Bruce’ who produced numerous views and illsutrated guides of Brighton.

Bruce is known for a small series of silhouette of well known contemporary figures, published 1825-35. All are signed, ‘I. Bruce’. All the silhouette prints bear either the address 85 Farringdon Street, London, or 3 Somerset Place, Brighton. The other portraits are: William IV, Duke of Wellington, Henry Peter Brougham, Earl Grey, John first Earl Russell, Daniel O’Connell. Earl Grey stands before a table bearing an inkstand and a large scroll marked ‘REPORT’; Daniel O’Connell is seated on a House of Commons bench. All these details are well shown.  The prints are signed (below, on the left) ‘I. Bruce’; on the right, either the single address, or the two addresses, are printed. The sitter’s name is printed below in capital letters, and a further inscription (as in the print of O’Connell) is also included. None of these silhouette prints that I have seen are dated, and it is not certain that they were all necessarily published in the years during which the original silhouettes were created (presumably by Bruce himself).

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