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The Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain, engraven by Mr. Houbracken, and Mr. Vertue
with their Lives and Characters by Thomas Birch, A.M., F.R.S.

Original 260+-year-old copper engravings on beautiful chain-laid paper

Printed in London by John and Paul Knapton
1742-1756

Sheet size varies by edition, but plate sizes are all the same (measured to plate mark): approximately 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
 
Geoffrey Chaucer
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE I

Geoffrey Chaucer

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 10 x 15.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: foxing

sold

Geoffrey Chaucer
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE I

Geoffrey Chaucer

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent; please refer to enlargement

$275

William Wickham
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 2

William Wickham, Bishop of Winchester

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 10 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: very minor foxing in margin

$125

William Wickham Bishop of Winchester
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PLATE 2

William Wickham, Bishop of Winchester

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent; one dark spot on left extreme edge of paper; please refer to enlargement

$150

William Waynfleet, Bishop of Winchester
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 3

William Waynfleet, Bishop of Winchester

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 10.25 x 16.25 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: some foxing, mainly in outer margin

$125

William Waynfleet, Bishop of Winchester
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 3

William Waynfleet, Bishop of Winchester

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent; one brown mark in middle right, just inside plate markplease refer to enlargement

$150

Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
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PLATE 4

Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 10 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: typical light aging around paper's edges

$125

Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
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PLATE 4

Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: very good to excellent; very faint indentation in upper right corner (only somewhat noticeable in certain light) please refer to enlargement

$150

William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury
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PLATE 5

William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury

Engraved by Geoge Vertue
Approximate sheet size: 10 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: typical light aging around paper's edges, fox mark within image (left side)

$125

William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 5

William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury

Engraver not inscribed
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent; please refer to enlargement

$150

Queen Elizabeth, Wife of King Henry VII
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 6

Queen Elizabeth, Wife of King Henry VII

Engraver not inscribed
Approximate sheet size: 10.25 x 16.25 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: typical foxing

$125

Queen Elizabeth, Wife of King Henry VII
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PLATE 6

Queen Elizabeth, Wife of King Henry VII

Engraver not inscribed
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent; please refer to enlargement

$150

Geoffrey Chaucer
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 7

Henry VIII, King of England

Painted by Holbein, Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent; one fox mark top center, just outside of plate mark; please refer to enlargement

$375

Catharine of Arragon, Wife of King Henry VIII
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PLATE 8

Catharine of Arragon, Wife of King Henry VIII

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a Holbein painting
Approximate sheet size: 10.25 x 16.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
photocopy of biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: typical light foxing and mild age toning of paper

$150

Catharine of Arragon, Wife of King Henry VIII
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PLATE 8

Catharine of Arragon, Wife of King Henry VIII

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: very good to excellent; paper loss lower left, well away from plate mark, please refer to enlargement

$175

John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester
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PLATE 9

John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 10.25 x 16.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: typical light foxing

$125

John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 9

John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent, please refer to enlargement

$150

Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal, and Lord Chancellor
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PLATE 10

Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal, and Lord Chancellor

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 10.25 x 15.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: none

$150

Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal, and Lord Chancellor
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 10

Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal, and Lord Chancellor

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: very good to excellent, natural paper wrinkle upper right corner well away from image and plate mark, please refer to enlargement

$175

Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor
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PLATE 11

Sir Thomas More, Lord High Chancellor

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 10.25 x 15.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: minor foxing

Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 11

Sir Thomas More, Lord High Chancellor

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent, please refer to enlargement

$225

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex
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PLATE 12

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 10 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: very minor foxing

$150

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex
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PLATE 12

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent, please refer to enlargement

$175

John Russel, Earl of Bedford
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PLATE 13

John Russel, Earl of Bedford

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 9.75 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: somewhat narrow right margin

$125

John Russel, Earl of Bedford
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 13

John Russel, Earl of Bedford

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent, please refer to enlargement

$150

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 14

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 10 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: somewhat narrow right margin

$125

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 14

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent, please refer to enlargement

$150

Geoffrey Chaucer
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 15

Ann Bullen [Anne Boleyn, Bolen] Queen of Henry VIII

Painted by Holbein, Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent; please refer to enlargement

$300

Queen Anne of Cleves
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 16

Queen Anne of Cleves

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 10.5 x 16.125 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
photocopy of biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: some foxing

sold

Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 16

Queen Anne of Cleves

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent, please refer to enlargement

$250

Queen Catherine Howard
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 17

Queen Catherine Howard

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 10 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: somewhat narrow right margin

sold

Queen Catherine Howard
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 17

Queen Catherine Howard

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent, please refer to enlargement

$250

Queen Jane Seymour, Wife of King Henry VIII
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 18

Queen Jane Seymour, Wife of King Henry VIII

Engraver not inscribed
Approximate sheet size: 10.125 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
photocopy of biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: mild age toning, somewhat narrow right margin

sold

Queen Jane Seymour, Wife of King Henry VIII
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 18

Queen Jane Seymour, Wife of King Henry VIII

Engraver not inscribed
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent, natural paper wrinkle top edge, well away from plate mark and image, please refer to enlargement

$225

Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 19

Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a Holbein painting
Approximate sheet size: 10 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: outer edges of paper are age toned

$125

Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 19

Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a Holbein painting
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent, please refer to enlargement

$175

Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 20

Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 9.875 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: somewhat narrow right margin

$125

Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 20

Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 14.125 x 20.75 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition: excellent, please refer to enlargement

$150

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