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350* Blake (William, 1757-1827). Standing King Holding a Sceptre, a fortified town behind, circa 1819, pencil on wove paper, showing a full-length male figure wearing a crown and holding a staff before the walls of a castle, with colour-notes inscribed ‘Lt. Pl’ on the figure’s robe, ‘gold’ on hem of cloak, and ‘w’ on sleeve and skirt, probably by John Varley, 200 x 155mm (8 x 6ins), framed and double-glazed, with later 20th century handwritten notes in ink on paper attached to verso

351* Cazin (Jean-Charles, 1841-1901). Rue de Village, black chalk on grey paper, signed lower left, 193 x 217mm (7.6 x 8.5ins), framed and glazed, with old French handwritten label to verso, giving details of the sale of this drawing, when it formed part of the Collection Leon Arnoult, Paris, 31st March - 1 April 1938 Provenance: Collection Leon Arnoult, his sale Paris, 31 Mars-1 Avril 1938, Salle 1, Expert: André Schoeller. Private collection, Somerset. (1) £100-150

Provenance: John Varley; William Christian Selle, thence to Selle’s daughter who married H. Buxton Forman, by whom given to William Bell Scott in 1870; Miss Alice Boyd, Penkill Castle, passed 1897 to her niece Miss Eleanor Margaret Courtney-Boyd, passed 1946 to her niece Miss Evelyn May Courtney-Boyd; M.D.E. Clayton-Stamm, 1967; sold Christie’s 15 June 1971, where purchased by the family of the present owner. Butlin, The Paintings and Drawings of William Blake (1981), 692, 73-74. From the small Blake-Varley Sketchbook of 1819, published in facsimile by Martin Butlin in 1971. Exhibited at the Tate Gallery, London, from 1969 to 1971. During 1819 and for some time thereafter, William Blake made a large number of pencil drawings known as Visionary Heads in the company of his friend the landscape painter and astrologer John Varley. Varley was Blake’s close companion from their first meeting in 1819 until Blake’s death in 1827. Of the three sketchbooks used by Blake, the first is known as the smaller Blake-Varley Sketchbook (Butlin 692), the second as the larger Blake-Varley Sketchbook (discovered in 1989), and the folio Blake-Varley Sketchbook (undiscovered, although individual drawings from this album have been identified). Varley had been introduced to Blake by his pupil John Linnell, and the meetings during which the drawings were made took place (according to Alexander Gilchrist, Blake’s first biographer), ‘During the favourable and fitting hours of night; from nine or ten in the evening to one or two, perhaps three and four o’clock in the morning’. Both Blake and Varley were interested in physiognamy, astrology, and the related science of phrenology. Gilchrist describes these visionary séances in some detail: ‘Varley it was who encouraged Blake to take authentic sketches of certain among his most frequent spiritual visitants. The Visionary faculty was so much under control, that, at the wish of a friend, he could summon before his abstracted gaze any of the familiar forms and faces he was asked for. This was during the favourable and befitting hours of night; from nine or ten in the evening, until one or two, or perhaps three and four o’clock, in the morning; Varley sitting by, ‘sometimes slumbering, and sometimes waking’.’ Varley would say, ‘Draw me Moses,’ or David; or would call for a likeness of Julius Caesar, or Cassibellaunus, or Edward the Third, or some other great historical personage. Blake would answer, ‘There he is!’ and paper and pencil being at hand, he would begin drawing with the utmost alacrity and composure, looking up from time to time as though he had a real sitter before him...’(Gilchrist, Life of William Blake, Pictor Ignotus, 1863, page 251). (1) £5000-8000

352 Everdingen (Allart van, 1621-1675). A bound collection of 101 engravings of landscapes, rustic and village scenes, 101 etchings on 50 leaves, mostly 2 to a page, but including 4 whole page and 5 leaves with 3 images each, printed on Dutch laid paper of circa 1750 (bears circular Vryhuyt watermark with the motto pro patria egusque libertate (Churchill 83 or 84), sheet size 323 x 196mm (12.7 x 7.75ins), early 19th century half calf, worn with upper cover detached, folio (1)

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