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03 September 2018, 23:05
I have a plate, 'Market Place, Nottingham', by A. Arnst that was gifted to the Mayor of Nottingham in 1858, it is very detailed. I can not find any reference to it online and other than portraits, cannot find any other examples of their work.
14 February 2018, 19:21
Re A. Arnst : He illustrated this book, probably ca. 1850, but this can be checked -
Monachologia: or, Handbook of the Natural History of Monks: arranged according to the Linnaean System.
Author: A Naturalist.
Publisher: Johnstone and Hunter; Simpkin, Marshall, & Co.
Book ID: o0515
Price: USD 100.0
Description: Victorian anti-Catholic/anti-European satire or parody written in pseudo-scientific natural history jargon, complaining of the laziness, odd dress & weird habits (literally!), strange hours & stranger noises of various orders of monks, deposited of British shores by Papist Europeans of little merit and bad intent. Each major order of Monk is depicted & described in most unflattering terms. Hence it is evident, that the monk forms a distinct class of mammalia, which holds a middle place, and forms a connecting link between man and monkey. Dominican Monk. Demeanor, hypocritical; gait, lascivious; expression of the countenance, perfidious; barks or yells, at midnight, with a harsh, discordant voice. The olfactory senses of this species are developed in the most wonderful manner, so that it will smell at any distance wine and heresy. Says more about British Protestant xenophopia than Catholic religious orders: an important look at attitudes of the period. Original edition, hardcover, full red cloth with gilt decoration. Professionally rebacked with leather spine label, new endsheets; original boards showing some wear, corners bumped & frayed, stain/stripe to front board; pencilled name and note on flyleaf. Text clean; 77 pages plus decorated lithographic title page, 14 two-tone litho plates, 12 depicting various orders, plus 4 pages of illustrations of specialized robes, habits, tonsures, scapulars, & sandals. Size: 5¾ by 8¾
The American bookseller gives no date, and replied to my request for details of the artist's name : The artist is A. Arnst. I haven't been able to find any further information on him (her?), but the illustrations were lithographed by Schenck & McFarlane of Edinburgh, as are other citations I find of Arnst's work, so I assume he was in their employ'.
Schenk & Macfarlane were active as lithographers in Edinburgh 1850 - 1862 at 16 St. James Square, Edinburgh (G. Wakeman & G. Bridson. A Guide to Nineteenth Century Colour Printers', The Plough Press, Loughborough, 1975, p. 93). I hope this is useful. I will check on Arnst's first name etc. He was possibly from Berlin.
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