No. 3. [Cattle, &c. At Willan's Farm.]
Pub. by R. Bowyer, Pall Mall 1825.
Scarce hand coloured aquatint, sheet 355 x 440mm, 14 x 17¼". Mint with text. A fine and clean impression, with fresh and bright original colour.
View inside the cow-shed of one Mr. Willan, a Yorkshire-born dairy farmer and horse-breeder, at Primrose Hill, north London. Willan's Farm is mentioned in William Blake's epic poem 'Jerusalem'. Mr. Willan moved to London from Yorkshire as a young man and was an excellent judge of horses. He had little money but through the combination of assiduity and his better judgement, he managed to become a successful contractor of cavalry horses and supplied the government with considerable numbers during the late wars. He was subsequently one the farmers who supplied the metropolis with milk from his numerous herds of cattle. His lease expired in 1811 and the property reverted to the Crown, which used the land to create Regents Park. From the rare folio of 12 plates 'A Selection of Fac-Similes of Water-Colour Drawings, from the Works of the Most Distinguished British Artists', 1825; a first issue, before the title below the image. After Robert Hills (1769 - 1844); other striking compositions in the book are contributed by Samuel Prout, Francis Nicholson, John Smith and William Collins
Abbey, Life: 197, 3. BL: 003332105.
[Ref: 18627] £280.00