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Head Of The Colossal Sphinx. [Hand-Coloured Aquatint]
R. Bowyer, Historic Gallery., London. 1801 - Published May 1st 1801. This hand coloured aquatint by Luigi Mayer is in exceptionally good condition with the image clean and fresh, unfaded, never been framed. Dust and light creases in the white, colouring fresh and image free of the border wrinkles and dust, large borders with a couple of small edge chips to paper. Cartridge "Whatman paper" marked in weave 1801. title and legend at base line with artist and engravers imprint, When framed the creasing will not be seen. T. Milton engraved the plate. Measures 30 x 45 cm approx. Genuine 1801. Colouring ALL genuine, NOT modern or later colouring. *Luigi Mayer (1755¿1803) was an Italian-German artist and one of the earliest and most important late 18th-century European painters of the Ottoman Empire. He was a close friend of Sir Robert Ainslie, 1st Baronet, a British ambassador to Turkey between 1776 and 1792, and the bulk of his paintings and drawings during this period were commissioned by Ainslie. He travelled extensively through the Ottoman Empire between 1776 and 1794, and became well known for his sketches and paintings of panoramic landscapes of ancient sites from the Balkans to the Greek Islands, Turkey and Egypt, particularly ancient monuments and the Nile. Many of the works were amassed in Ainslie's collection, which was later presented to the British Museum, providing a valuable insight into the Middle East of that period. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Colophon Books. PBFA]
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