London: C. Ingrey, 131 Fleet Street and Effingham Wilson 88 Royal Exchange, . . Single sheet, printed on one side only, 12 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches (printed surface) on a sheet of wove, un-watermarked, paper measuring 13 1/4 x 11 inches; has been framed, verso browned from contact with old backing No other copy located. We have checked various collections, both here and in the UK. A private English ephemera collector has a [?]later version 7.5 x 6 inches, printed on thick card stock without imprint and although having the same text, it has been completely reworked, using the same four corner medallions, and does not seem quite as "finished" a piece as the present one.The earliest reference to the piece on we could find is on p. 30 of the publisher's advertisements bound in at the end of Robert Montgomery Martin's "Taxation of the British Empire" Published by Effingham Wilson in 1833. The advertisements are undated, so it is not concrete evidence; sheets of MartinÕs work could have been kept by the publisher and bound up as needed with a later, but current, catalogue of the publisherÕs books inserted. OR the bottom portion of the lithographic stone bearing IngreyÕs address could have been reworked after he moved to Fleet Street, which would make our copy a second issue of an unfound issue bearing his 131 Strand address. OR, in 1833, he had an undisclosed second location, which he later made his primary business address. The two locations are about .8 mile apart. According to London business directories Charles Ingrey is recorded as working from 310 Strand in 1824Ð1836 and at 131 Fleet Street in the directories of 1838/39 There are at least three notices of receipt of the print: the first isi n the Morning Chronicle Friday, April 24, 1835: ÒC INGREY, Lithographic Office, 310, Strand (one door from Newcastle Street), London.ÑAt this old-established office. every department of LITHO-GRAPHY is punctually and elegantly executedÑJust published, ÔThe Importance of Punctuality,Õ price 1s.ÓThe second notice is dated 1837 in The Transactions of the Royal Society of Arts [Great Britain], Vol. 52 which lists it in a compilation of items received by the Society between November 1, 1837 and June 13, 1838, and records it being sent in by C. Ingrey.The third is in the Literary Gazette and Journal of Belles Lettres...for the year 1837, p. 670 under "Fine Arts: New Publications" The editor has noted: ÒImportance of Punctuality. C. Ingrey. ADMIRABLE as a moral lesson, if not very commendable a work of art.Ó (Inventory #: 2519)
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