The Triumphs of Temper
A Poem in six cantos by William Hayley
Illustrations drawn by Thomas Stothard and engraved by James Heath, John Neagle and William Sharpe

In 1788 James Heath completed the engraving of two plates for 'The Triumphs of Temper', a book of poetry by William Hayley, published by T Cadell & W Davies, 6th edition (First published in 1781).  A receipt has survived, dated 25 June 1788, recording that James received 10 Guineas for engraving one of the plates.  This could be a part payment but is more likely to have been the full cost to engrave one plate.  This book is a wonderful small but lavish production containing 7 fine plates, all from drawings by Thomas Stothard.  2 of these plates were engraved by James Heath, the others being engraved by James Heath's associates John Neagle and William Sharpe.  Each plate is approx 10cm x 7cm.  The book itself contains 162 pages and measures approx 16cm x 11cm x 2cm.

Received of Mr Hayley June 25 1788 by the hands of Mr Cadel Ten Guineas for engraving a plate for the Triumphs of Temper. £10.10.0 paid only £8.8.0.  James Heath. Receipt

Received of Mr Hayley June 25 1788 by the hands of Mr Cadel Ten Guineas for engraving a plate for the Triumphs of Temper.
£10.10.0 paid only £8.8.0.  James Heath.

Illustration from The Triumps of Temper by the author William Hayley. Drawn by the artist Thomas Stothard RA and engraved by James Heath ARA engraver 1788

Illustration from The Triumps of Temper by the author William Hayley. Drawn by the artist Thomas Stothard RA and engraved by James Heath ARA engraver 1788

Stothard del. Published July 1st 1788 by T Cadell, Strand. Heath Sculpt.
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Stothard del. London. Published Sept 1st 1788 by T Cadell, Strand. Heath Sculpt.
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The Triumphs of Temper A Poem in six cantos by William Hayley The sixth edition corrected London Printed for T Cadell in the Strand 1788

The Triumphs of Temper
A Poem in six cantos by William Hayley

William Hayley (1745-1820) was an English writer poet author, best known as the friend and biographer of William Cowper.  He was born at Chichester and educated at Eton and Cambridge.  He published quite a few books during his life but it was The Triumphs of Temper which was possibly his most successful running over a dozen or so editions.  William married twice but had no surviving children.  He died in 1820.

Thomas Stothard (1755-1834) was an English painter and engraver.  He was born in London in 1755 and studied at the Royal Academy and was elected a full academician in 1794.  In 1780 he became a regular contributor to the Novelist's Magazine, for which he produced 148 designs.  He was very prolific and produced about three thousand illustrations that were engraved, many by James Heath.  The two men worked on numerous projects together throughout their lives.  Thomas died in 1834.

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