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Marine prints published by Sayer
One of the bright spots in the ODNB of 2004 is the original research by Timothy Clayton, Susanna Fisher, and others in the field of English C18th print publishing. According to Fisher, Robert Sayer entered the trade when his brother James married Mary Overton in 1747. Robert acquired the business of her late husband, Philip Overton, in about 1748. The catalogue at right, dated 1753, would therefore have consisted of much of the stock of the Overton family. This included a large collection of plates built up mainly by the purchase of successful items from earlier publishers. A year later, in 1754, Robert Sayer married his first wife, Dorothy Carlos.