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5th of November: P.14890-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


5th of November
Oval No. 86


Printmaker: Le Blond, Abraham
Publisher: Le Blond & Co




A group of children carrying a Guy on a sedan chair are given money in a proffered hat from a woman at the door of a house. A roasted chestnut/potato stall on two upturned baskets is seen in the right foreground. Written on the verso in pencil: '30/- [30 shillings]'. The colours are slightly faded and the mount is discoloured.


History note: Given by G.H.W. Rylands

Legal notes

Given by G.H.W. Rylands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by Rylands, G.H.W.


19th century
Circa 1853 - Circa 1867


Marks which indicate the erasure of a publisher's stamp, probably just Le Blond & Co, can be seen at lower centre. From a set of 32 Baxter-process prints by George Baxter licensee, Abraham Le Blond known as 'The Ovals'. In a departure from Baxter, who stuck his prints onto embossed or printed mounts, Le Blond printed this set, probably with a view to economy, directly onto mounts after which an embossed border, title and number were then added. Details from the image, especially the costume of the Guy, are comparable with those seen in a work by Thomas Webster with the title Building the Guy, which was reproduced as an engraving in the Illustrated London News in 1853. (Lycett and Martin, 1994, p.30). The erasure of Le Blond's name is thought to date from a fall in favour of The Ovals around 1900 when attempts were made to pass off his work as by George Baxter. (Lycett and Martin, 1994, p.18). Lycett and Martin have identified 5th of November as one of three Ovals which are known to have been falsely attributed to Le Blond. In the case of the 5th of November, impressions exist which are not Baxter-process prints, but which are merely hand-coloured pulls from the engraved key plate (Lycett and Martin, pp.18-19). The Le Blond Ovals, almost certainly in all 32 cases, are reproductions after a series of small oval oil paintings on board by the artist, John Anthony Puller (1799-1886). Puller exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition between 1821 and 1862 and at the British Institution between 1825 and 1867. Many of his painted ovals, which compare exactly with the compositions of the Le Blond Ovals, have appeared at auction quite regularly during the last 20 years and it has been possible to trace 22 of Puller's compositions to the Le Blond Ovals. It is thought that Puller was probably contracted to produce the small oval paintings for Le Blond, although no evidence of this arrangement has come to light. (See New Baxter Society) Moreover, the fact that a number of small ovals on board by Puller of scenes which are not included in the Le Blond Ovals (such as 'A Travelling Pedlar' and 'A Picnic'), may indicate that a series of small oval compositions for the popular market originated with Puller and that it was Le Blond who struck a deal with Puller for the right to reproduce a selected number for his Baxter process series. For the transfer from painting to print, Le Blond employed the artists George Stone, his eldest son, Francis Le Blond and later his youngest son, Bernard Maynard Le Blond. (Lycett and Martin, 1994, p.19)

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Techniques used in production

Baxter-process print

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14890-R
Primary reference Number: 239719
Courtney Lewis: 102
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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