|Artist||George Bickham [the Elder] after P. Tomlinson|
|Dimensions||Image 190 x 250 mm, Plate 195 x 272 mm, Sheet 197 x 275 mm|
Inscription surrounding image reads: Soli Deo Honor et Gloria./ L'honneur et la Gloire foit a Dieu feul.
Frontispiece to a writing book. Apart from the copies recorded by Heal, there is one in a private collection. Harvard has two copies one c. 1728 received in the late 18th century apparently compleate, the other copy (Hofer), ca. 1740-54 is very incompleate. The Newberry library owns an even later edition.
George Bickham the Elder (1683/84 - 1758). Writer, draughtsman, ornamental engraver, illustrator and publisher, notably of 'The Universal Penman', issued in 52 parts from 1733 to 1748, a joint work with his son George and with John Bickham (perhaps his father, otherwise a son or brother): it contained examples of calligraphy by 25 writing-masters on 212 folio copperplates. Earlier authorities gives the date of his death as 1769, but according to William Massey ('The origin and progress of letters',1763), he died on 4 May 1758 and was buried in an unmarked grave by the vestry door of St Luke's, Old Street. His work is often indistinguishable from his son of the same name.
Ex. Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd