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Six coloured views of Liverpool and Manchester railway [with] Part II. Completing a series of coloured views on the Liverpool and Manchester railway [WITH] Six coloured views on the London and Birmingham railway, Part I [all published].
London Ackermann and 1837 1831 - First editions. Folio (36 x 30 cm) First work: 2 parts (complete) comprising 13 Fine hand-coloured aquatint plates by S. G. Hughes and H. Pyall after Bury including the plate of rolling stock at the end of Part I; early issue with most plates in first state (plates I, VI in first & XIII in second); some light marginal spotting. Second work: 6 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates by J. Harris, C. Hunt, N. Fielding after Bury. All three parts in original printed wrappers (restored, a little spotting etc), well preserved in modern dark blue morocco box. As well as being of the highest quality, the London to Birmingham prints are very rare. When the first public railways opened they provoked enormous interest. The directors of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway engaged the publisher Rudolf Ackermann and artist T. T. Bury to produce images of the construction and operation of the line, hoping to encourage investment, overcome opposition from local landowners and demonstrate that the railway was safe and efficient. Bury's illustrations were printed using the new lithographic process and proved a great success and inspired several works on the line, however Bury's plates are considered to be the finest. When Ackermann published the second work commemorating the opening of the London and Birmingham railway, just three months after the accession of Queen Victoria, he hailed her age as the Railway Age. However another artist, J. C. Bourne had been documenting the progress of this line since 1836, and although Bourne's work was not published until 1839 (ironically co-published by Ackermann), its thirty-two plates had stolen Bury's thunder, so although Bury's work contains enticing views of the terminus, cuttings, tunnels, and bridges as far as King's Langley in Hertfordshire, and includes spectacular views of the railway in what are now some of London's most desirable residential areas (Camden, Chalk Farm, and Hampstead), the work was not a commercial success and only one part (of an intended two) was actually produced. Consequently these beautiful prints are very rare and seldom encountered. Thomas Bury (1809-1877) was a prominent architect and engraver who was articled to Augustus Pugin and later also worked alongside Sir Charles Barry on designing the details for the newly rebuilt houses of parliament at Westminster. A member of Royal Society of British Architects and a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy, he is regarded to this day not only as one of Britain's finest architects but also as one of the most skilful artists for colouring architectural designs. His collections of architectural and antiquarian books, his pictures, drawings, cabinets, and armour, were sold at Christie's on 29 June 1877. Abbey Life 400-401; Adams, London Illustrated, 230 (2nd work); Tooley 120-122. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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