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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: approximately 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
 
Sir Nicholas Bacon
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 2I

Sir Nicholas Bacon, Keeper of the Great Seal

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Frederico Zucchero
Approximate sheet size: 9.5 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: none

$150

Sir Nicholas Bacon
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 21

Sir Nicholas Bacon, Keeper of the Great Seal

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Frederico Zucchero
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

Sir Thomas Smyth
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 22

Sir Thomas Smyth, Secretary of State

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
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

$150

Sir Thomas Smyth, Secretary of State
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 22

Sir Thomas Smyth

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Holbein
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

$185

Mary, Queen of Scots
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 23

Mary, Queen of Scots

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by J. Oliver
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, paper wrinkles, closed tear on right side

$150

Mary, Queen of Scots
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 23

Mary, Queen of Scots

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Isaac Oliver
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

$185

William Cecil, Lord Burghley
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 24

William Cecil, Lord Burghley [Burleigh]

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 10.25 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, typical age toning around edges of paper, narrow right margin

$150

William Cecil, Lord Burghley
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 24

William Cecil, Lord Burghley [Burleigh]

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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, stain in upper right corner, well away from image and plate mark, please refer to enlargement

$175

Francis Russel, Second Earl of Bedford
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 25

Francis Russel, Second Earl of Bedford

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 10.125 x 16.5 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: typical age toning around edges of paper

Francis Russel, Second Earl of Bedford
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 25

Francis Russel, Second Earl of Bedford

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

James Douglas, Earl of  Morton
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 26

James Douglas, Earl of Morton

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 age toning around edges of paper; somewhat narrow right margin

$150

James Douglas, Earl of  Morton
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 26

James Douglas, Earl of Morton

Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

$185

James Douglas, Earl of  Morton
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 27

Sir Francis Wallsingham, Secretary of State

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 10 x 16.5 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: typical age toning around edges of paper; somewhat narrow right margin

$200

Sir Francis Wallsingham, Secretary of State
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 27

Sir Francis Wallsingham, Secretary of State

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

Robert Dudley, Earl of  Leiscester
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 28

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leiscester

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 10 x 16.5 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: typical age toning around edges of paper; light foxing in margin, right margin a bit narrow

$150

Robert Dudley, Earl of  Leiscester
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 28

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leiscester

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 29

Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Frederico Zucchero
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 age toning of paper

$200

Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 29

Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Frederico Zucchero
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

$235

Sir Philip Sidney, Knight
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 30

Sir Philip Sidney, Knight

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Isaac Oliver
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: typical age toning of paper around edges, narrow right margin

$150

Sir Philip Sidney, Knight
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 30

Sir Philip Sidney, Knight

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Isaac Oliver
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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, mild overall age toning of paper, a few light fox marks, please refer to enlargement

$175

Sir Francis Drake
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 31

Sir Francis Drake

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

$350

Thomas Sackville, Earl of Dorset
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 32

Thomas Sackville, Earl of Dorset

Engraved by George 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: none

$150

Thomas Sackville, Earl of Dorset
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 32

Thomas Sackville, Earl of Dorset

Engraved by George Vertue
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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, stain in extreme upper right corner away from image and plate mark, please refer to enlargement

$175

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 33

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Isaac Oliver
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: some foxing, somewhat narrow right margin

$100

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 33

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Isaac Oliver
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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, stain in extreme upper right corner away from image and plate mark, please refer to enlargement

$175

George Buchanan
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 34

George Buchanan

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by E. Pourbus
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

$150

George Buchanan
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 34

George Buchanan

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by E. Pourbus
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

Sir Walter Raleigh
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 35

Sir Walter Raleigh

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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, a few marginal fox marks, please refer to enlargement

$350

Queen Anne of Denmark, Wife of King James I
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 36

Queen Anne of Denmark, Wife of King James I

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by C. Johnson
Approximate sheet size: 10.25 x 16 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: none

$150

Queen Anne of Denmark, Wife of King James I
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 36

Queen Anne of Denmark, Wife of King James I

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by C. Johnson
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

Henry, Prince of Wales
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 37

Henry, Prince of Wales

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Isaac Oliver
Approximate sheet size: 10.25 x 16.5 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: typical age toning around edges of paper, plate rub in margins

$150

Henry, Prince of Wales
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 37

Henry, Prince of Wales

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken after a painting by Isaac Oliver
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, Lord High Treasurer
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 38

Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, Lord High Treasurer

Engraver not inscribed
Approximate sheet size: 10.25 x 16.5 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Photocopy of biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: somewhat narrow right margin

$150

Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, Lord High Treasurer
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 38

Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, Lord High Treasurer

Engraver not inscribed
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 39

George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 9.75 x 16.5 inches
Approximate image size: 9.5 x 14.75 inches (about 23 x 36 cm)
Original biographical text accompanies engraving
Condition issues: narrow right margin

$115

George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 39

George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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, stain in left margin, well outside of plate area, please refer to enlargement

$150

40 William Shakespeare
(Click image to enlarge. Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on actual antique engraving.)
PLATE 40

William Shakespeare

Engraved by Jacobus Houbraken
Approximate sheet size: 14 x 21.5 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

$350

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