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Charles Grignion, 1717–1810, British
or Charles Grignion, 1754–1804, British
after unknown artist

Earl Rivers Presenting His Book and Caxton, His Printer, to Edward IV

Etching and line engraving on moderately thick, slightly textured, beige wove paper
Sheet: 11 13/16 x 9 3/16 inches (30 x 23.3 cm), Plate: 6 15/16 x 4 5/16 inches (17.7 x 10.9 cm), and Image: 6 x 3 15/16 inches (15.2 x 10 cm)

Lettered in black ink, within image, lower center, in plaque: "Earl Rivers presenting his Book & Caxton his Printer | to Edw. 4. the Queen & Prince; from a curious M.S. in the | Archbishop's Library at Lambeth. The Portrait of the | Prince (afterwds. Edw. 5th.) is the only one known of him, & | has been engraved by Vertue among the Heads of the | Kings. The Person in a Cap & Robe of State is proba- | bly Richard D. of Gloucester, as he resembles the King, | and as Clarence was always too great an Enemy of | the Queen to be distinguished by her Brother. The | Book was printed in 1477, when Clarence was in Ire- | land, & in the beginning of the next Year he was murder'd."; lower right: "C. Grignion sculp."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
book | boy | capes | cloaks | crowns | Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers, 1477 | emblems | ermine | fur | historical subject | illustration | interior | king (person) | kneeling | men | orbs | peers | plaque | prince | queen (person) | royalty | scepters | servants | tunic | women
Associated People:
Edward IV (1442–1483), king of England and lord of Ireland
Caxton, William (1415x24–1492), printer, merchant, and diplomat
Woodville, Anthony, second Earl Rivers (c.1440–1483), magnate
Elizabeth (c.1437–1492), queen of England, consort of Edward IV
Edward V (1470–1483), king of England and lord of Ireland
Richard III (1452–1485), king of England and lord of Ireland
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