Lot 324: Americas.- Clark (William), [Ten Views in the Island of Antigua], 1823.
November 16, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Americas.- Clark (William), [Ten Views in the Island of Antigua], ten hand-coloured aquatints, marked 'Proof', lacking title page and accompanying text, on Whatman wove paper, with several sheets watermarked but without a date, each sheet: c. 290 x 390 mm. (11 1/2 x 15 3/8 in), platemarks: 275 x 380 mm. (10 3/4 x 15 in), trimmed, several small tears, browning from previous mount visible to extremities of each sheet, loose without wrappers, unframed, [published by Thomas Clay], 1823 ⁂ A rare set of the Ten Views of Antigua produced by Clark following three years spent on the estates of Admiral Tallemach. The views illustrate not only the landscape and scenery of Antigua, but the various processes involved in the production of sugar; from enslaved people working the fields of the estate planting sugar cane and cutting the cane, to the processes involved in the boiling-houses and distillery, and finally through to the carting and loading of the sugar on to ships for export. The last complete set that we have found at auction was offered in 2004, part of The Quentin Keynes Collection (see: Christie's, King Street, 7th and 8th April 2004, lot 111, which made £19,000). Literature: Abbey Travel 690; Tooley 147; Cundall, Bibliography of the West Indies 222