Lot 232: Westall (William) and Samuel Owen. - Picturesque Tour of the River Thames,
October 27, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: first edition, aquatint title-vignette and vignette tail-piece, with 24 aquatint plates, all in original hand-colouring, uncoloured folding engraved map with light offsetting, also to some plates, as usual, an area of light abrasion in the sky of the Twickenham plate, later burgundy half-morocco, gilt, spine gilt in compartments with raised bands, t.e.g., a small repair to lower front corner, [Abbey Scenery 435; Tooley 503], 4to, R. Ackermann, 1828. "The scenery of the river Thames afforded material for several books, all very attractive in their different ways. Perhaps the finest is the Picturesque Tour of the River Thames, published by Ackermann, the joint-production of W. Westall, who executed nineteen plates and S. Owen, who is responsible for two vignettes and five plates, showing the open part of the Thames from Southwark to Sheerness. Like so many of Ackermann's publications the book appeared in instalments, and was complete in six monthly parts. Fifteen of the engravings are by R.G. Reeve, the rest being by C. Bentley, J. Bailey, and J. Fielding. Two tints are used for the printing, notably a bright blue for the sky. The vignettes are very beautiful, and show how especially suitable aquatint is for the purpose" Prideaux, pp. 268-269.