In black ink. This bookplate consists of an escutcheon or (gold), a bend azure (blue), charged with three pheons of the field. The rococo vegetative mantling around the upper part of the escutcheon includes a straight wreath charged with a demi-lion. The lion is holding a pheon and situated above a peer helmet. Below the escutcheon several cherubs drink, trumpet and hold aloft an ermine trimmed cloak. The cloak serves as a backdrop for a framed compartment displaying the originator's name.
A succession of Alexander Thistlethwayte Esquires of Southwick Park, in Hampshire have played important and influential roles as landowners in the south of England. A portrait of The [Alexander 1718-1771] Thistlethwayte Family by Thomas Hudson, ca. 1758, may be found in North America, having recently been acquired by the Yale Center for British Art on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. The Alexander Thistlethwayte pictured in the family portrait served as a Member of Parliament for Hampshire from 1754 to 1761. The owner of this bookplate may also be the same Alexander Thistlethwayte who donated 3500 volumes in Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin and Spanish to Winchester College in 1768. Based upon the continuous succession of Alexander Thistlethwaytes, it is difficult to determine precisely which family member commissioned this bookplate. For more information on the Thomas Murray Collection, visit http://www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/murray/default.html