[The Peaks of Mount St Peter.]
[London: Day & Son, 1856.]
Subscription edition tinted lithograph, mounted on card and hand coloured. Image 185 x 280mm, 7¼ x 11". Fine colour.
Ai-Petri, near Yatla, greek meaning `sacred Peter' or `sacred rock', and derives from the christian monastery which stood on the plateau behind the peak until it was destroyed in the middle ages. Precipitous crags swathed in cloud, a sparkling white limestone peak. From the subscription edition of Bossoli's "Beautiful Scenery and Chief Places of Interest throughout the Crimea", a work with considerable ethnographic and geographic interest, especially in their depictions of Tartar life. Carlo Bossoli (1815-84) visited the Crimea several times between 1828 and 1843, most extensively from 1840 to 1842. When the Crimean War started Bossoli moved to London to capitalise on the heightened interest in his work, even selling paintings to Queen Victoria.
Abbey Travel 239.
[Ref: 17072] £140.00