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THE DELIGHTS OF EMIGRATION!
[Np, but England. nd, but ca. ]. 1830 - Handcolored etching, 13 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches. Edges closely trimmed (slightly affecting a few letters of title) and worn, corners cut. Colors bright and fresh, slight soiling to small portion of the image, margins age- toned. Mounted on two layers of backing paper. A good copy. Archivally matted, protected with mylar sheet. A fine satirical print by Henry Heath composed of two images illustrating a few of the difficulties for British emigrants in the tropics. The image on the left, "Rambling in a Wood enjoying the Beauties of retired Nature!," shows two Englishmen on a walk harassed by monkeys, scorpions, and snakes (including a brightly colored specimen wrapped around a tree). The companion image on the right, "Gardening under a Vertical Sun & worried by Musquitos!," shows three emigrants coping with mosquitoes while attempting to work in the mid-day sun. One man is swatting the insects with a shovel, a second attempts to protect himself with mosquito netting and a large hat, and the third is sitting down with fatigue. A black man in the background watches the three men with a smile. Drawn in a free, sketch-like style, with fine hand- coloring, the print provides a humorous view of British settlers in the tropics. Henry Heath, possibly the brother of watercolorist and caricaturist William Heath, was active as a draftsman, etcher, and lithographer between circa 1824 and 1850. "He was a versatile and imitative artist, working in the loose and coarse Heath manner between the years 1824-30. He did imitation caricatures in the style of John Doyle.and etched vignettes in the style of Cruikshank and lithographs in the style of Seymour from 1834. He was employed to make political caricatures by Spooner, the publisher, and his work was collected and published by Charles Tilt" - Houfe. Houfe, DICTIONARY OF 19th CENTURY BRITISH BOOK ILLUSTRATORS, p.173 (Heath). MACKENZIE, BRITISH PRINTS, p.155 (Heath).
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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