18th-Century Copper Engraving, Bison, Commentaries Of Julius Caesar

18th-Century Copper Engraving, Bison, Commentaries Of Julius Caesar

An exquisite 18th-century copper engraving from the highly lauded publication, 'Commentaries of Julius Caesar' edited by Samuel Clarke. It depicts an imposing bison dominating the landscape while looking straight at us.

This beautiful piece was once part of a bound folio, which was described in the 18th-century as “the most sumptuous classical work which this country has produced”, and “one of the finest books to emerge in early eighteenth-century British publishing”.

The first edition dates to 1712 and contained 78 full page plates illustrating people, battles, places and creatures encountered by the Roman armies. Complete editions are rare and are currently listed for around £17,000. You can find an example at AbeBooks.

The engraving is housed within a later glazed frame.

Medium: Copper engraving on paper
Overall size: 21” x 19½” / 53cm x 50cm
Year of creation: c. 1712
Provenance: England
Condition: Some bleaching in areas. A little undulant.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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