Material mounted on album leaves
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This file contains Vertue-related material which was presumbaly gathered and mounted in an album by an autograph collector:
(i): biographical extracts in an unidentified hand, perhaps that of the original collector, from Horace Walpole's 'A Catalogue of Engravers, who have been born, or resided in England';
(ii): self-portrait by Vertue engraved by T. Priscott and published on 1 April 1818 by C. Dyer;
(iii): continuation of biographical extracts;
(iv): letter from George Vertue to Dr Andrew Coltée Ducarel (1713-1785), antiquary, librarian and archivist, 22 Jun 1750, covering various matters such as of the Society of Antiquities of London, prints of a deceased friend Mr Holmes, his visit to Westminster with Mr Widmore to inspect some old buildings that were about to be demolished [Vertue's copy of Widmore's 'An History of the Church of St. Peter, Westminster, Commonly Called Westminster Abbey' (1751) was listed as lot 59 in the 1757 sale of his library] and a balance of accounts to be met between them;
(v): conclusion of biographical extracts;
(vi): letter from George Vertue to an unidentified recipient, 27 Jan 1744, opening with a reference to the 'extraordinary Comet' then visible and mentioning a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries, where its president Martin Folkes read extracts from his catalogue of English silver coins, and referring to 'a most curious catalogue of Greek & Roman coins' which are coming up for auction. Closes with a reference to his progress on the recipient's collection of prints currently in his care.
Although these leaves have since been disbound (two remain conjugate), they have been preserved as a group owing to their common origin. Three engravings catalogued as NGA52/3/1-3 also derive from this grouping.