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    [Thistle Painter, presumed]. William Cowper. Poems. London: J. Johnson, 1808. "A new edition." Double fore-edge paintings to each volume presumably by the "Thistle Painter" with title neatly penciled to the front blank recto, depicting portraits and scenes in oval frames surrounded by botanical and animal patterns, mid-20th century. Volume I: "FOREDGES / 1st side [to the right]: Potrait of Cowper / Weston Lodge / Surround: Chestnut tree in bloom / Hares in corner. Reverse: Boudicea attacking and burning Colchester / Surround: Bullfinch & Goldfinch / Roses." Volume II: "FOREDGES / 1st side [to the right]: Portrait [Edward] Thurlow [1st Baron Thurlow] / Olney Church / Surround: Apple Blossom. Reverse: Portrait of Churchill / Westminster School / Surround: Oak Tree- Robin & Nightingale."

    Two volumes. Octavo. 432; 412 pages. Illustrated with engravings by Nesbit, Clennel [sic], and Branston after Thurston. Contemporary full straight grain plum morocco decorated in gilt, spine decorated in gilt with five raised bands, partial decorative gilt roll to edges. Minor edgewear, repairs to joints. Inner dentelles gilt, brown endpapers; minor offsetting. Internally generally clean and bright, all edges gilt; some offsetting, minor intermittent foxing, text block lightly toned. Housed in navy cloth slipcase. Near fine with remarkably well-executed fore-edge paintings, charming and finely detailed though lightly dulled.

    The fore-edge painting depicted here is likely the work of the "Thistle Painter." This artist is known for their highly skilled double fore-edge paintings, often with multiple subjects in separate frames, and unique penciled painting labels.

    Cornelius Hauck (no date, per front matter) - Christie's (2006, lot 524) - James Cummins (no date, per front matter) - Randall J. Moskovitz (2008).

    Weber, Annotated Dictionary, pages 251-252. From the Estate of Randall J. Moskovitz, MD, Memphis, Tennessee


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