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Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden - PORTER, Robert Ker - 1809. 
T. Gillet for Richards Phillips London 1809 - First edition. 2 vols, 4to (31 x 24.7 cm). With 41 plates, mostly coloured and in aquatint. - Slight browning, offsetting of plates, some foxing or staining here and there, creasemarks and tear to title of vol. 2. Later half-morocco, rubbed, corners bumped. Porter (1777-1842) earned considerable recognition as an artist by the time he was in his twenties, and in 1804 was appointed historical painter to the Tsar of Russia. Less than two years later problems in Porter's courtship of a Russian princess led to his hasty exit (he later returned and married her). He traveled from there through Finland and Sweden, where he was knighted by Gustavus IV. His 'Travelling Sketches' recounts his journey through Sweden and the various regions in Russia he visited while employed by the Tsar. Porter's position as the royal historical painter provided him broad access to people and places, and his narrative is particularly strong in relating visual and graphic details. The plates depict a range of subjects, from religious and cultural landmarks to the strata of rich and poor inhabitants of the country. [Attributes: First Edition]
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