[Four Times of the Day] The Morning. [&] Noon. [&] The Evening. [&] Night.
Sold by the Printsellers of London & Westminster. Major excudit. [London, c.1740.]
Rare set of four etchings after Dutch masters by William Austin, the first three plates with all-over sepia/light brown watercolour wash applied, 'Night' in blue. Each c.280 x 370mm, 11 x 14½". Laid on album pages, good margins.
Four Dutch landscapes, all featuring water, ships, buildings and figures, illustrating different stages of a day; each plate with two lines of verse to either side of title. Painters include Jacob Isaaksz van Ruisdael, Jan van Goyen, and Aert van der Neer. William Austin (1721 - 1820), engraver and draftsman, was born in London in 1721. He was a pupil of George Bickham; but after having engraved a few plates, he relinquished the practice of the art, and devoted the remainder of his life to teaching drawing, first in London and afterwards in Brighton. He for some time kept a print-shop, and published some political caricatures, which were mostly directed against the French, and in support of the administration of Charles James Fox.
[Ref: 17149] £450.00