Sketches after English Landscape Painters.

Sketches after English Landscape Painters.
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London: David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street [1850]. 4to (12.75 x 9.5 inches), [23] leaves of text and 20 colour engravings each with tissue guard. Contemporary half crushed blue morocco with marbled boards, backstrip with five raised bands, compartments titled and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt. Some wear to joints and board edges, head band loose, but remarkably little offsetting of the plates; a lovely, clean copy of a scarce book. Plates engraved by Louis Marvy after Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, J.M.W. Turner, J. Holland, Francis Danby, Thomas Creswick, William Collins, Richard Redgrave, Frederick Richard Lee, George Cattermole, William James Müller, James Duffield Harding, Peter Nasmyth, Richard Wilson, Edward William Cooke, John Constable, Peter De Wint, David Cox, Thomas Gainsborough, David Roberts, and Clarkson Stanfield. Each plate is followed by a short critique by Thackeray. Thackeray was an old friend of Marvy, a French artist, who took refuge in London after the chaos of 1848. Theodore Taylor’s 1864 biography of Thackeray mentions the history of the book: “A fine and skillful landscape painter himself, M. Marvy, while here, as a means of earning a living, made a series of engravings after the works of our English landscape painters... The publishers, however, would not undertake the work without a series of letter-press notices of each picture from Thackeray; and the latter accordingly added some criticisms which are interesting as developing his theory of this kind of art” (p.32). An interesting and quite scarce Thackeray item, very rarely found coloured. Sayre Van Duzer #113 (Item Id: 107119)

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