To Heneage Legge, Esqr. This Series of Engravings from Subjects executed in Ancient stained Glass, in the Windows of the Hall at Aston, near Birmingham is... Inscribed by... W. Fowler.
[London: for the Author, 1807-8.]
Book with Titlepage and ten fine hand-coloured engraved plates (disbound): seven Norman Earls of Chester and two Saxon Earls of Mercia, plus genealogical chart frontispiece. All mounted on thick card and presented in original marble card wrappers, atlas folio (670 x 495mm, 26½ x 19½"), printed title label to upper cover. Also included is a watercolour drawing to separate, smaller sheet captioned "The foot of the great Staircase Aston Hall" in pencil. c.1872 armorial bookplate of Berdmore Compton of Atherstone Hall. Boards scuffed and rubbed, with tatty and heavily chipped extremities. Plates good, in vibrant original colour.
William Fowler (1761 - 1832), architect, engraver and draughtsman, was born at Winterton, Lincolnshire, where he became an architect and builder, and about 1796 made drawings of Roman pavements discovered there. These were so much admired that he took them to London to be engraved, where he studied the process of copper-plate engraving. He published three volumes in total, containing coloured engravings of twenty-five pavements, thirty-nine subjects from painted glass, five brasses and incised slabs, four fonts, and eight miscellaneous subjects. He also executed at least twenty nine engravings, mostly of objects of antiquity, which were never published. He became acquainted with Sir Joseph Banks, Sir Walter Scott, and other celebrities, and was once at least presented to the royal family at Windsor. Aston Hall is a municipally owned Jacobean mansion in Aston, Birmingham. Heneage Legge of Idlicote, Warwickshire, was the son of the judge of the same name (1704 - 1759). This is a handsome production; very rarely does a complete set of these vibrant designs come to the market.
BL 001280861. DNB.
[Ref: 19805] £800.00