[ Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co., London printsellers. ] Itemised manuscript invoice to 'John Edward Taylor Esq', signed by 'J. W. Wood', including commission on 42 lots purchased for him at the 'Percy Sale'.

Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Company, Printsellers by Appointment to her Majesty, London [ John Edward Taylor (1830-1905), owner of the Manchester Guardian and notable art collector ]
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Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Company, 14 Pall Mall East, 'S.W. next the College of Physicians', London. On the firm's engraved billhead. 'Midsr. [i.e. Midsummer] 1890'.
SKU: 16539

Taylor's collecting activities are described in his entry in the Oxford DNB. His collection was sold by his widow in 1912 for the massive sum of £358,500.3pp., folio. Bifolium. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Tastefully-printed billhead, as one might expect, in black and red, with royal crests, boasting that the firm are 'Printsellers by Appointment to her Majesty, | Their Royal Highnesses The Prince Consort, The Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Kent'. Also the text: 'Established 1760. | Half price allowed for packing cases if returned immediately'. The bill begins with four items under the date 22 November 1889, totalling £45 16s 6d. These are followed by the 42 lots, under the heading 'Percy Sale' and the date 24 April 1890. These were purchased for £959, on which the firm charge 5% commission (£47 19s 0d). The most expensive lots are: '521 Girton T. On the Thames near Blackfriars' at £71 8s 0d, '244 Constable J. Hampstead Heath & a sketch on the reverse' at £61 19s 0d, and '526 Glover J. A landscape with Waterfall - Castle in the distance' at £58 16s 0d. Taylor credits his account by the substantial sums of £720 and £285 on 21 April and 6 May 1890, leaving £47 15s 6d to pay. Wood acknowledges receipt, over a tax stamp, on 27 April 1891.