London Plate V.
N.o 9 Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square, London, Jan.y 1, 1805.
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 505 x 870mm (19½ x 34¼"). Repaired tear in lower margin.
The unembanked Somerset House viewed from the opposite shore; Drury Lane on the skyline. From William Daniell's 'Six Views of the Metropolis of the British Empire'. William Daniell RA (1769-1837) was one of the few artists of the period who was as skilled as an aquatinter as he was a painter. It was common practice to add engraved or etched lines to give shape to the tonal effect of the aquatint; this plate is pure aquatint, with no added lines, not even on the rigging of the boats. The margins have been given a grey wash in imitation of watercolour presentation of the period.
See ref. 11769 for Plate VI from the series.
[Ref: 11770] £1,950.00