Victories of the Duke of Wellington, from the Drawings of R. Westall.London: Rodwell and Martin, 1819 Stock Code: 144880
The highly uncommon large paper issue of this superlative tribute to WellingtonFirst edition, third issue, the scarce de luxe Large Paper version, with the plates printed on card and mounted, originally sold at 10 guineas - some three times the UK average annual earnings - gilt on black label to the title page to that effect.
Wonderfully effective series of heroic images from the Duke's triumphs in the Peninsula and at Waterloo by one of the most popular and influential British artists of the period. Perhaps a little overlooked in comparison with the more naturalistic school that followed him, he was however "a significant and innovative figure in the development of the English water-colour, his elegant and precise book illustrations set new standards in that field, and his portraits and historical and religious paintings have deservedly received more scholarly attention recently than hitherto" (ODNB). The present work is an excellent example of his work, reproduced by the method thought best to approximate to effect of an original water-colour.
Folio (460 x 292 mm). Contemporary half calf, cream "plaid" patterned paper boards, title gilt longitudinally in a cartouche with oak cluster tools, edges sprinkled red, pale cream endpapers.
Wood-engraved title page trophy vignette by Peckham, and 12 hand-coloured aquatints plates by Thomas Fielding (11) and Charles Heath (1) after Richard Westall; watermarks:<br><br>Engraved title-page trophy vignette and 12 hand-coloured aquatints printed o
Binding professionally refurbished with particular attention paid to extremities, a little rubbed and soiled, tan burn at corners of endpapers, typically some spotting and browning throughout, occasional finger-soiling, offsetting from plates, yet remains very good.
Abbey 381 (variant 3); Partridge 817; Prideaux p.224 and p. 355; Tooley p. 265.
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