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A Picturesque Voyage to India by way of China
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1810. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1810. First edition. In a modern, quarter-leather binding with five raised bands. Printed title page followed by two page introduction then 50 hand-colored plates on linen guards, each with an accompanying page of text (watermarked "JWhatman 1808"), complete. Several of the linen guards are professionally reinforced with a fully reversible, archival adhesive. The occasional spot of foxing in the margins, but on the whole an excellent copy of this important early view of China and India. & & This collection of 50 Aquatints focuses on views of the Far East, by William Daniell and his uncle Thomas. The Daniells were considered masters of the Aquatint process, a printmaking technique in which an artist makes marks to a copper or zinc plate that then holds ink. Before "A Picturesque Voyage" had been released, William and Thomas had already issued numerous other scenes of India and the Orient, which became extremely popular as the Daniells were some of the first westerners to print views of the area and they excelled at depicting exotic locales in the otherwise familiar trappings of the English landscape medium. After "A Picturesque Voyage," the younger William would go on to produce "A Voyage Round Great Britain," considered one of the classic works of English print collections of the period. Their work has been praised as "... scenes of India that were at once most alien and most singular." (Indian Renaissance: British Romantic Art and The Prospect of India).
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