Warren C. Crane collection of engravings, mezzotints, and drawings by Peltro W. Tomkins and W. S. Leney
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Extent1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Warren Cady Crane (1882-1934) was a prominent merchant in New York City and collector of historical autographs, prints, and artifacts; president of Ye Olde Settlers Association of Ye West Side in New York.
Tomkins was a British printmaker and draughtsman who learned to engrave with Francis Bartolozzi. Tomkins gave drawing lessons to the daughters of George III, and in 1793 he was appointed historical engraver to Queen Charlotte. He joined his brother J.F. Tomkins to produce an illustrated edition of James Thomson's Seasons (1797) with stippled engravings. Leney apprenticed with Tomkins, after which he executed five plates for John Boydell's great edition of Shakespeare. He and his wife moved to New York about 1806, where he engraved some small portraits of George Washington, John Adams, and other notable Americans.
Ownership and Custodial History
- Crane, Warren Cady, -1934, collector. Warren C. Crane collection of engravings, mezzotints, and drawings by Peltro W. Tomkins and W. S. Leney, 1790-1839 (MS Can 52): Guide
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.
- November 16, 2018
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