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George Henry Boughton (1833 – 1905)

Posted by M.R.N. on May 20, 2009


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4 Responses to “George Henry Boughton (1833 – 1905)”

  1. i have a huge pic of Return of the mayflower engraved by jjchant. what is it worth and what do I do with it. About 70years old at least

    • Suzay Lamb said

      Your print is older than you think. J. J. Chant (1819-1883) was a prolific engraver in London and was employed by most of the leading publishers and dealers. He specialized in large-scale portrait, historical and genre prints engraved after a wide variety of contemporary artists and 18th-century portrait painters including Joshua Reynolds. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1861, with a mezzotint of Lady Godiva after Edward Henry Corbould, and showed a further 16 works until 1883, including Fitzroy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan after Francis Grant, Lillie Langtry after Edward John Poynter and prints after the sentimental genre painter Sophie Anderson (1823-1903) and the battle painter Lady Butler.

      • John said

        I have a friend who has a print, or engraving, by J. J. Chant of Boughton’s “Return of the Mayflower”. According to one Website, such a print was in Main Hall of the Pilgrim Museum in Plymouth, MA. http://www.archive.org/stream/catalogueofhisto00pilgrich/catalogueofhisto00pilgrich_djvu.txt . One entry on that site is as follows: 74 “Return of the Mayflower/’ engraved by J. J. Chant, from a painting by George H. Boughton, now or lately in the possession of Fairman Rogers, of
        Philadelphia.” I contacted the Plymouth Museum about the engraving, but they didn’t reply. According to their Website, the Chant engraving is no longer there.

        Among the information underneath my friend’s print, or engraving, are these words: “Engraved from the original in the possession of Fairman Rogers ESQ.” Also below the picture are these words: “Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1871 by M Knoedler & CO in the office of the librarian at Washington.”

        I’m wondering if my friend’s print, or engraving, might be the one that was in the Pilgrim Museum. Do you know someone I might contact to get help in finding out whether her print is an original print from Chant’s engraving, or a print of the orignal?

  2. Y DeSi said

    I also own a print of the Return of the Mayflower, is actually a photograph of the painting in black and white. Is in excellent condition and would love to have a museum have it as it is part of history. Can anyone give Ms Ohearn and I a round about value on these items?

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