John C Binmer, volumes relating to French and foreign engraved portraits

Scope and Content

Catalogue of French engraved portraits (formerly MS 45) - The volume contains a list of sitters with details of known existing prints and who made them, in some cases remarks have been added on the quality of the prints. An index key to French biographical resources is included at the front of the volume, the symbol for the resource has been associated with some entries. Thought to have been a catalogue of prints of French sitters collected by a British collector, probably John C. Binmer. The volume includes 11 loose sheets of notes and lists, amongst which is a list of names titled 'Annals of Queen Elizabeth'. Several sheets bear the name John C. Binmer on the reverse. The content is in French.

Index of engraved foreign portraits (formerly MS 169 and MS 170) - Volumes written in same hand and arranged in a similar manner as the Catalogue of French engraved portraits, possibly by John C. Binmer (formerly MS 45). Vol. 1 includes some small cropped engraved portrait heads and coats of arms pasted to leaves alongside relevant entries. Vol 2. labelled on spine 'incomplete' includes 6 loose leaves of lists.

Administrative / Biographical History

These volumes are thought to have been created by John C. Binmer who is believed to be John Clemens Binmer (bap. 1772-1842) son of John Binmer and his wife Alice nee Clemens, born in Mile End Old Town. A sister Eleanor Mary was baptised in 1776, her baptism record lists her father's occupation as Gentleman. London city directories list John C. Binmer as working either in insurance or as a merchant. Electoral registers from 1833 to 1840 list him as living on Assembly Row, Tower Hamlets. He was possibly living on George St, South Hackney in the 1841 census though his age is given as 65 years old which would have been incorrect, his occupation is stated as Merchant in the cenus. Binmer was buried on 3 June 1842 at St. Dunstan, Stepney.

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