Fine and lively scenes of a forgotten front, the Baltic theatre of the “Russian War”. The plates, “sketched from nature”, vividly render a broad range of subjects: naval battles, dances and other scenes on board, Russian prisoners, forestry works as well as Swedish costumes and sailors with family. One plate shows an autoportrait of the artist in a French camp. Interestingly a few plates were lithographed by Simpson himself, who became famous for his successful (and much more common) Seat of the War in the East.
An uncommon lithographic record of the Crimean War; not in Abbey.
Large folio (56 x 36.2 cm). Lithographed title, list of plates, dedication leaf, and 20 subjects on 17 leaves, lithographed by L. Huard and others (incl. William Simpson) after Dolby (some lithographed by himself), tinted with 2 and 3 tints, each with English and sometimes French captions; interleaved with recent paper guards, occasional spotting. Original publisher’s green cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt; rebacked with dark red crushed calf, flat spine lettered in gilt; corners a bit rubbed, new endpapers.
Stock ID: 93192