My collection includes the only known complete set in first proof state of the Beauties of the Present Age, illustrated above. These are in fine matching frames made c 1880-1920. Click on an image above for further details of the one illustrated and of the other impressions that I have of some of the plates. An essay about the set can be see to the right of this page. A few of the other objects that I have that are related to this set are highlighted below.
Lady Elizabeth Laura, Lady Charlotte Maria & Lady Anne Horatia, Daughters to James late Earl of Waldegrave. This proof impression of "The Ladies Waldegrave" fetched a world record price for any print in 1923. Provenance: John Tetlow; (Mr?) Mitchell; Duke of Buccleuch; Fritz Reiss; Sir Edward Hulton, Bt.; Sir Edward Hulton, Kt. The one shown above came from the Martin Erdmann Collection.
Emily, Mary, Countess of Salisbury.
The orignal copper plate engraved by valentine Green in 1781.
This is the only plate from the set that is known to have survived. Very few copper plates ave survived as they were mostly melted down to make shell cases during World War I.
Mary, Isabella, Duchess of Rutland and Georgiana,Duchess of Devonshire
An apparently unique pair of "glass prints" from the set, these almost certainly would have been created in Green's studio, before 1793. They are in their original contemporary frames.
Ann, Viscountess Townshend
An unrecorded unfinished working proof that differs in every detail from the finished proof state. It seems most unlikely that it was engraved by Green, who had to totally re-engrave the plate. His former pupils can be ruled out as they were well establiished by this time. It may be that Green's son Rupert, who was only twelve at the time, and who became a competent but not special engraver, was responsible.