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Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Rouen &c Drawn from nature on Stone
Printed entirely in colours by C. Hullmandel, published by Thomas Boys, London 1839 - (21 1/4 x 14 1/8 inches). 2pp. letterpress on laid paper headed "Descriptive Notice" otherwise lithographed throughout. Chromolithographed title, lithographed dedication, 28 chromolithographed views on 25 leaves all drawn on stone by Thomas Shotter Boys, printed by Charles Hullmandel. Publisher's red half morocco gilt, the upper cover with an inner red watered-silk panel, red morocco label at the centre of the silk panel lettered in gilt, the lower cover with embossed grained cloth, expertly rebacked, the flat spine lettered in gilt One of the most important books in the history of English colour-printing, here in the publisher's presentation binding and with the often lacking explanatory text leaves. "A very beautiful book . Apart from the brilliance, sensitivity, and . mastery of the drawing on stone there is the great . technical and artistic achievement of Hullmandel in making possible the transmission of such drawings, and in developing the cool, transparent, graduated tints, subtle in colouring, on which the unique effect of the book depends . the book appears to have made a great impression at the time, King Louis Philippe . is said to have presented the publishers with a diamond ring; and a review in a contemporary magazine, Art Union, said: Our recommendation of it to all who love and can appreciate art cannot be given in terms too strong; it is worthy of the highest possible praise. The Work is of exceeding beauty" (Abbey Travel I, 33). The plates represent the first serious challenge to the supremacy in England of the hand-coloured aquatint. The plates "are produced entirely by means of Lithography: they are printed with oil-colours, and come from the press precisely as they now appear. It was strictly stipulated by the Publisher that not a touch should be added afterwards" (see "Descriptive Notice"). The Notice goes on to state that previous attempts at chromolithography had suffered from an unnatural flatness "whereas in these views, the various effects of light and shade, of local colour and general tone, result from graduated tone. The atmospheric appearance of the skies, giving day-light appearance to the out-door scenes, is the best evidence of the purity and relevance of the tints of colour; which . combine solidity with transparency." Boys fully explored the range of possibilities that the new technique offered: one subject is presented as if it were "a crayon sketch heightened with colour", others "a sepia drawing, with touches of colour . a slight sketch in water-colours . a finished water-colour . an oil painting", etc. Abbey Travel I, 33 (see plate III, "probably a publisher's presentation binding"); E. Beresford Chancellor, Picturesque Architecture in Thomas Shotter Boys , London: Architectural Press, 1928; Friedman 134; Tooley 105. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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