Views of Trinidad. [&] List of Subscribers. H.E. Lord Harris, Governor. V. Admiral Earl of Dundonald. R.Rd.R.P. Smith, Archbishop. M.Monaghanm bishop of Roseau. V.Rd.G.Cummens, Archdeacon. The Chieg justice Knox. Captain Goldsmith (H.M.S. Wellesley)...W.P. Paull. J. Beding Frild. H. Rey. S. Wakefield. A. Cummings, Junior.
Two pages of letterpress, frontis & listing of 149 subscribers, very scarce. 335 x 490mm. 13¼ x 19¼". [&] 350 x 507mm. 13¾ x 20". Some foxing.
Michel-Jean Cazabon (b.1813 d.1888) was the son of Martiniquan parents who settled in Trinidad in the late eighteenth century and were part of the Free Coloured/Free Black society of the Naparimas around San Fernando. Cazabon was educated first in England and then in Paris where he studied art. According to family legend Cazabon was a student of Delaroche (b.1797 d.1856). More precisely we know that he was a student of Michel-Martin Drolling (b.1789 d.1851), Jean-Antoine-Theodore Gudin (b.1802 d.1880) and Antoine Leon Morel-Fatio (b.1810 d.1871). Gudin was a marine painter and it is likely that Cazabon learnt printing from Morel-Fatio. A student in Paris from the late 1830's to about 1848, Cazabon followed closely the philosophy of the French Landscape Movement. He returned to Trinidad in 1848 and in 1851 produced a series of eighteen lithographs Views of Trinidad. In 1857 he published a second series, Album of Trinidad, and in 1860 contributed to two other series, Views of Demerara and Album Martiniquaise. Cazabon's œuvre is extensive; his work shows a wide knowledge of media - oils, watercolours, gouache, gesso, etc. Although he was primarily a watercolourist and landscape artist, both his formal and informal portraits are highly valued, and his illustrations for the newspapers of the day, of important historic significance.
Ex: Parker Gallery.
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