V is for Visiting Card Maker
By SCOTT, Robert, 1830
R. Scott, Engraver to the Royal Family, & His Majestys General Post Office, &c… Seals Elegantly Engraved. Lithographic Circulars &c. Visiting Cards. Bookplates &c. Engraved & Printed… Bankers Checques & Notes Engraved & Printed, Facsimile Stamps &c.
- Author: SCOTT, Robert
- Publication place: [London]
- Publisher: W. Southampton Row, Bloomsbury
- Publication date: c1830
- Physical description: Engraved trade card, printed in blue and black
- Dimensions: 72 by 100mm. (2.75 by 4 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17803
“Brook & Co”, probably refers to “R. Brook”, who is recorded as “Seal Engraver to the Royal Family” at 302 the Strand from 1810 to 1830. He also engraved a number of Armorial bookplates in that time. It is likely that Brook held the warrant, and that Scott was his apprentice, offering a range of alternative, less skilled, services: “Bookbinders’ Tool-Cutter, and Engraver in General… Heads for Newspapers, Typographical Devices, Card Borders for Gilding or Printing, & Stamps of every description, Cut in Brass, Steel or Wood. A new collection of Patterns annually” (BM Banks 59.165)
Whether Scott inherited, or bought Brook’s business, is not clear, but sadly, in 1831, the ‘Law Advertiser’ records Scott as an insolvent debtor, but gives a useful account of his various addresses: “formerly of No. 302, Strand, engraver, next of Little Queen-street, Lincoln’s-inn-fields, superintendent in a type-foundry, afterwards of Southampton-Row, Bloomsbury, engraver, at the same time of Holborn, engraver, also at the same time of Middleton-square, Islington, engraver, and late f No. 78, Fleet-Street, engraver”.