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[Bookplate for John George Mortlock by Charles William Sherborn]
[Bookplate for John George Mortlock by Charles William Sherborn]
Title[Bookplate for John George Mortlock by Charles William Sherborn]
CreatorSherborn, Charles William
Date Created1875
Sort Date1875
DescriptionIn black ink, this bookplate consists of a tilted escutcheon and crest framed by an elaborate circular bordure. The escutcheon is divided quarterly ; the first and fourth quadrants, argent (silver), are charged with a fret, azure (blue), and contain a chief, azure, charged with three fleur-de-lis, argent ; the second and third quadrants, sable (black), are charged with three annulets, argent, two over one, and contain a chevron, argent and engrailed. The escutcheon is crested by a closed dexter helmet resting upon the second quadrant, topped by a wreath and a lion sejant, with dexter paw elevated and resting upon a fleur-de-lis, argent. From either side of the helmet flows mantling and a banner which contains the Latin motto. The bordure also contains text.
Extent1 bookplate : steel engraving ; 9.1 x 12.8 cm
Subject - GeographicEngland
Personal NamesMortlock, John George
TypeStill Image
NotesCharles William Sherborn (bookplate is signed C.W.S) was a highly active and sought after bookplate engraver. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography reports that Sherborn was regarded highly as a skilled etcher and engraver, and the number of bookplates he produced was 350 between 1881-1912. Sherborn was born June 1831 to Mary Bance and Charles Sherborn (b. 1796), an upholsterer. In 1845, Sherborn switched from school at Cave House in Uxbridge to the government school of drawing and design at Somerset House, and also apprenticed under a silver-plate engraver, Robert Oliver, which he completed in 1852. After his schooling, he travelled to Paris, Italy, and eventually Geneva, where he settled for roughly two years as a goldsmith designer and engraver. After his return to London in 1856, he continued engraving for jewellers, but eventually abandoned jewellery engraving in 1872 and moved to work as an independent etcher and engraver, where he found his success, and worked on bookplates, among other endeavors. This bookplate specimen is included in Egerton Castle's 1894 publication, "English Book-plates: Ancient and Modern, " and cites this bookplate as "among the best Armorial designs of the age" (159). Sherborn eventually became a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers in 1884 and Vice-President of the Ex Libris Society. He married in 1860 to Hannah Simpson (d. 1922) and had five children: four sons and a daughter. Notably, one of his sons is the geologist and scientific bibliographer Charles Davies Sherborn (1861-1942).
1) Bookplate identified in H.W. Fincham, "The Artists and Engravers of British and American Bookplates, " 1897.
Access IdentifierBP MUR ENG P M678
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_ENG_P_M678
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR ENG P M678
Date Available2008
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
Transcriptjohn georgius mortlock armigeri insignia arm... HIC LABOR HOC OPUS John George Mortlock
TranslationHere is labor, here is toil
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