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Michael S Kemp Bookseller

Rare, interesting and unusual books, manuscripts and ephemera. Mervyn Peake.  Occasional email lists of recent acquisitions issued.



We can offer a large and entirely unique gesso panel illustrating the Ode on Mercy from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Created by D.B. Moginie and dated 1861, this has all the hallmarks of an exhibition piece for one of the many International Arts and Manufacturing Exhibitions of the mid-nineteenth century though we have been unable to pin it down to a particular one. It remains a bit of an enigma; the artist D.B. Moginie appears in none of the standard databases, though he is obviously extremely skilled. The complexity and the detail on this panel is extraordinary.