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Framed 19th Century Engraving of 'the Chandos Testimonial'
REF: 14076 / LA35240
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Artist - Drawn on stone by Robert Jacob Hamerton (1809-1905) from a drawing by Edgar George Papworth (1809-1866). The statue itself was executed by Green & Ward. Title - The Chandos Testimonial Details - Antique engraving, mid-nineteeth century in date. The engraving depicts The Chandos Testimonial, a statue of silver gilt presented to the Duke of Buckingham and Chados by the farmers of Buckinghamshire in May 1842. The wording below the statue on the engraving reads: 'The Chandos Testimonial. Presented by a very numerous body of Farmers of Buckinghamshire, and other friends connected with agriculture, to Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, K.G., G.C.H., on the 18th day of May, 1842 to record their admiration of public priciples steadily maintained in unsettled times, and as a tribute of respect and gratitude for his services, whilst Marquis of Chandos, as one of the representatives of his native County in Parliament, where for upwards of Twenty Years, he was the energetic, consistent, and successful Champion of the agricultural interests of the United Kingdom.' The engraving is framed in an antique (perhaps original) walnut-veneered frame. The Times in 1842 described The Chandos Testimonial thus: 'The Chandos testimonial is a noble column or pillar of silver gilt, standing four feet six inches high; its weight is 1,800 ounces, and its coat has been upwards of 2,0001. The base is composed of a richly-fluted ground, which is divided into six circular pedestals, supported on lions couchant, modelled after the celebrated lions at Stowe, his Grace's seat in this county. On each pedestal stands a most beautifully designed figure of an agricultural labourer, whose particular occupation is pointed out by the various implements of industry with which the figure is surrounded. The first is a ploughman, the second a shepherd, the third a sower, the fourth a reaper, the fifth a mower, and the sixth a dairy-maid. Each figure stands prominently forward, in front of a richly-ornamented stand, on one side of which the armorial bearings of the Duke are accurately set forth, and on the other is the scroll, bearing anula inscription. This circular stand supports several splendidly-executed groups of cattle, horses, and sheep, and its cornice bears a highly-wrought bas-relief, representing the different stages of husbandry; and from a rustic ground above springs a richly-fluted column, around which stand three figures of English farmers, each bearing a scroll; on the first of which is inscribed, 'Chandos, Church, and State'; on the next, 'Chandos and the Corn-laws'; and on the third and last, 'Chandos and the fifty-pound clause.' The column is surmounted by a wheat-sheaf, the Duke's family crest, which forms a graceful and appropriate termination of the design.'
Slade's Antiques has clarified that the Framed 19th Century Engraving of 'the Chandos Testimonial' (LA35240) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 19th Century
Overall in fair condition. The engraving is discoloured with age and has some significant foxing (brown spotting). The lower part of the engraving is water-stained and looks to be torn. There are some creases visible. The frame has some cracking, wear and damage and some areas of minor loss.
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This Framed 19th Century Engraving of 'the Chandos Testimonial' is located in Banbury, UK