Select Views in Mysore, The Country of Tippoo Sultan; From Drawings taken on the Spot …
with Historical Descriptions.London : Robert Bowyer, 1794 Stock Code: 136881
First edition. Home was practising as a portrait painter in Dublin in the late 1780s when the arrival of a rival, Gilbert Stuart, forced his return to London, and on the death of his wife in 1789; "Home left for India, where he had connections. Leaving his children with relatives, he departed without permission from the East India Company, reaching Madras in January 1791. There he met the artists John Smart and William Hickey, and found work painting theatrical scenery. Having sought and secured permission to accompany the grand army to Bangalore during the Third Anglo-Mysore War, Home reached the troops on 5 March. He remained with them until early April 1792, sketching captured forts, officers, and the local countryside" (ODNB). He was present at handing over of Tipu Sultan's sons as hostages, an event recorded in perhaps his best known painting. Home settled in Calcutta in 1795 and "had a flourishing practice as a portrait painter until the arrival Chinnery in June 1807" (Archer & Lightbown). He transferred operations to Lucknow where he became painter to the Nawab, on the death of whom, Home retired to Cawnpore where he died in 1834. "He was one of the few British artists to spend the greater part of his life in India. Although a portrait painter by profession, Home especially during his first years in India, clearly delighted in painting landscapes A curiosity of Home's book is that it was intended for sale to an Indian market, for descriptions in Persian are included. The book had some success for it was republished in 1812 in smaller format with its plates engraved in line".
Quarto (322 x 265 mm). Twentieth-century tan half sheep, marbled boards, black morocco label to spine, raised bands, lozenges in blind to compartments.
29 engraved plates, most with original tissue-guards, 4 folding maps at the rear, 1 with colour; abbreviated text in Persian.
A little rubbed at the extremities, one or two small scuffs, pale toning to the text-block, the tissue-guards foxed, the plates good impression and very clean, a very good copy.
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