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To Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria This Work of Twenty Imitations of Sir Thos. Lawrence's finest Drawings of Sovereigns, Statesmen, Ladies &c. Is (with the Royal Permission) and by Especial patronage most respectfully dedicated by Her Majesty's grateful & devoted Servant & Subject Fredk. C. Lewis.

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Uniform Title

[Twenty Imitations of Sir Thos. Lawrence's finest Drawings]

Variant Title

F.C. Lewis's Imitations of Lawrence, in Twenty Plates


Engraved & Published, from the original Drawings, in the Collections of the Marquis of Lansdowne, Lord Northwick, Lord Canterbury, Sir Wm. Knighton, John Angerstein, Esqr., John Fairlie, Esq., C.B. Calmady, Esqr., and Saml. Woodburne, Esqr. by F.C. Lewis, Engraver of Drawings to Her Majesty Queen Victoria,, Aug. 1st. 1839,, 53, Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London.

Physical Description

[21] pl. (incl. t.-pl.); 582 mm. (Broadsheet.)

General Note

Although the plates themselves are not numbered, the title-plate calls for twenty 'imitations', and numbers are assigned to the plates in a printed label pasted onto the front pastedown: 'Title Plate' and 'No. 1(-20)'.

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed as drawn by Thos. Lawrence and engraved by F.C.Lewis, apart from pl. [12], which is unsigned.

In each case the signature of Lewis is also his imprint as publisher, reading 'Engraved and published by F.C. Lewis' with his address and the date - apart from pl. [12] (unsigned) and [20](carrying no publisher's imprint).

Summary Note

A printed label pasted onto the front pastedown reads, 'F.C. Lewis's Imitations Of Lawrence, In Twenty Plates' and lists 'The Title Plate (a Portrait of Lawrence)' and plates 'No.1(-20)'.

All plates carry the date 'April 1839', apart from plates [12], [16] and [20], which are undated.

The title-plate (which incorporates a small vignette portrait captioned 'Sir Thos. Lawrence Aged 35' and a dedication to Queen Victoria) is followed by reproductions of twenty portrait drawings, listed as, 1. Emperor Francis of Austria, 2. George IV, 3. Frederick William III of Prussia, 4. Leopold of Belgium, 5. Charles X of France, 6. Prince Blucher, 7. Duke of Angouleme, 8. Marquis Wellesley, 9. Rt. Hon. George Canning, 10. Lord Alfred Paget, 11. Princess Charlotte of Wales, 12. Princess Lieven, 13. Countess Wilton, 14. Viscountess Canterbury, 15. Viscountess Wallscourt, 16. Miss Isabella Fairlie, 17. Miss Boucherett, 18. Miss Julia Boucherett, 19. Miss Barton, 20. Emily and Laura Calmady. Numbers are assigned to the plates in the printed list on the front pastedown. The plates themselves are not numbered, but all are captioned, apart from pl. [12] and [20]. Apart from the title-plate and the first portrait all plates are pasted in.

Binding Note

19th-century half red morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Lewis's Imitations Of Lawrence's Drawings' and 'R.A.' Bound with forty-one other engravings by F.C. Lewis of portrait drawings by Lawrence, three engravings by F.C. Lewis of portraits by D. Wilkie and one engraving by F.C.Lewis of a portrait by G.H. Harlow.

Name as Subject


Rulers - Statesmen - Women - Celebrities - Europe - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Drawings - Portraits - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century