Etchings by S. F. Every, Esq.

[No place, no date], [c. 1834].

Folio (375 x 296 mm.), 32 etchings on 17 sheets, some signed and dated, some dated ‘1822’ and ‘1823’, the majority dated between 1832 and 1834; with the exception of one etching (Landscape with Dog, after R.R. Reinagle, R.A.) all drawn and etched by Every; some light spotting in the margins, but a very good copy; no title-page but titled in gilt as above on the front cover of the original binding of contemporary blue ribbed cloth.


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A rare collection of etchings by the Derbyshire artist and etcher Simon Frederick Every (1804-1888), probably put together by the artist himself. This is the earliest collection of his work known.

The etchings include a series of four Italianate ruins, some views of tumbledown cottages, landscape views, a large view of Knowle Church in Warwickshire (very spotted, as bound at end), and several images of street musicians, beggars and other street life, some of these copied from Old Master prints, especially Rembrandt.

Every was the son of Sir Henry Every and published two books later in the 1840s: Etchings of the Church, Monuments and Castle of Tong in 1841, while another was an eclectic work on the Art of Netting in 1845. In 1856 he emigrated to New Zealand where he settled in Dunedin, making etchings (and later lithographs) of the surrounding countryside, and winning a silver medal at an art festival. He seems to have made his living as a farmer in New Zealand, supplemented by his artistic output.

OCLC locates 4 copies: Getty, New York Public, Illinois, and Yale; no copy in COPAC, not in the British Library or Prints and Drawing Dept; not found in any bibliography consulted.

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