22 May 2001
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF LEONARD R. LEVINE
[TRANSFORMATIONS]. Changeable Portraits of Ladies and Gentlemen. London: R. Ackermann, 1819.
Two complete sets, each containing a set of 28 hand-colored shoulder-length profile portraits on card (completed measure 103 x 72 mm), divided into three interchangeable sections; housed in two original wooden boxes with three compartments to hold the transformation features, pictorial label on sliding lids.
The multiple combinations can nearly form a staggering 22,000 different portrait possibilities per set. Among the combinations can be found portraits of Lord Nelson, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mr. Pitt, and numerous other of their contemporaries. (2)
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