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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moring (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss D. M. Roche

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 93, shelf A, box 114

Physical description

Engraved bookplate of Henry Phipps. The bookplate depicts three cherubs around a central cartouche filled with text that reads, 'Take me my bookshelves to your arms, And shield me from the cares of life.' Two cherubs are shown atop the cartouche and appear to be writing in a book: one is holding the book whilst the other is dipping a pen into ink. The third cherub sits below the cartouche and shown reading. Behind him there is a row of books by well-known authors including Tennyson, Milton and Shakespeare.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)


19th century (made)


Moring (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Moring Sc.'


Height: 4.0625 in, Width: 4.125 in

Descriptive line

Print by Moring, bookplate of Henry Phipps, engraving, Great Britain, 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1928. London: HMSO, 1929





Subjects depicted

Books; Cherubs; Bookplate


Prints; Books


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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