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


A more elaborately colour printed and embossed trade card for Scott at his previous address at 302 the Strand advertises himself as “late Brook & Co. Seal Engraver & Gold Seal Maker to His Majesty, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince Regent, Dukes of York, Kent, &c. 302, Strand. Visiting Cards & Book Plates Engraved & Printed. Arms painted on Vellum. Livery Button Dies & Buttons. Stamps for Gilding Books and Marking Linen. Official Seals & Presses Compleat [sic]” (BM Heal 59.135).

“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”.