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WESTALL, William; OWEN, Samuel.

Picturesque tour of the River Thames.

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London, R. Ackermann, 1828

Fine set of classic Thames views. Large paper copy with the plates in 2 states, and superior colouring. Views include Eton (5 plates), Windsor (5 plates), Oxford (5 plates), Richmond (8 plates).

Westall was an historical painter from a Norwich family, and is considered at his best in watercolour. The tour is presented in three sections the first from the river's source to Oxford; the second from Oxford to London; and the third from London to where it joins the English Channel. Interestingly, at the time, it was felt necessary to offer some justification for the work appearing at all the vogue when the present work was published was for picturesque scenery of the wilder and more exotic kind. The author in the preface admits that whilst the Thames does not qualify as either wild or exotic, its banks do 'display all the softer graces and all the attractive loveliness of

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First edition, 4to (41 x 33 cm), large paper copy, early issue with pre-publication watermarks, folding map, 24 aquatint plates in 2 states, monochrome on india paper and hand coloured, 2 hand coloured vignettes, by R.G. Reeve (13), C. Bentley (5), J. Bailey and J. Fielding, after Westall (19) and Owen; usual light offsetting to plates, contemporary green half russia gilt, rebacked preserving spine, rubbed, all edges gilt, an excellent example.


Abbey (Scenery), 435; Adams (London Illustrated), 157; Tooley p265.

Stock ID:101349

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