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Americana Print, American Stage Wagon, J. Weld, 1798 (Sold)

J. Weld (after)
James Sargant Storer (1771-1853) (engraver)
American Stage Waggon [sic]
J. Stockdale, Piccadilly, London: December 21, 1798
Hand-colored engraving
8.25 x 10 inches, overall

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A stagecoach pulled by a team of four horses rounds the bend on a rural road, observed by bystanders before what might be an inn. The stumps in the field indicated that the land has been recently cleared for agriculture and that the scene takes place on the American frontier.

Description

James Sargant Storer was a London engraver who produced and illustrated works on topography with very finely finished small plates.

John Stockdale (c. 1749-1814) was a London bookseller. Reputedly trained as a blacksmith and valet, he worked his way up from his humble upbringing to a successful businessman whose premises were described as a “fashionable lounging place” by Picture of London in 1802, although he was considered coarse and eccentric by his colleagues. Stockdale went to London to work as a porter for bookseller John Almon in 1780. When Almon retired the following year, he set up his own bookselling business and took over the London Courant. He published the debates in Parliament (1784 to 1790), the works of Dr. Johnson (1787), as well as topographical, cartographical and music prints. Stockdale was indicted and acquitted in a landmark libel case that was instrumental in the passing of the Libel Act of 1792.

Reference:

Maxted, Ian. “The London book trades 1775-1800: a preliminary checklist of members.” Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History. U.K.: Devon Library and Information Services. 20 June 2001. http://www.devon.gov.uk/library/locstudy/bookhist/lons.html (Stockdale, Storer) (16 January 2004).

Additional information

Century

18th Century