Published as the Act directs May 10, 1804 by J.A. Atkinson & Ja.s Walker, No 3 Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, and Mess.rs John & Josiah Boydell, Pall Mall & Cheapside, London.
Coloured soft-ground etching with aquatint, large margins. 180 x 250mm, 7 x 9¾".
Russian fisherman and women standing on a row boat on the Neva, published in Atkinson's 'A Picturesque Representation of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements of the Russians'. According to the text these vessels 'serve the fishmongers at once for dwelling houses, shops and fishponds... the lower part of the the bark is divided into different wells for the keeping [of] all kinds of fresh-water fish... Naturalists mention upwards of twenty sorts of salmon caught on the Neva [as well as] fresh and salted cavia'. Atkinson accompanied his uncle, James Walker. to St Petersburg when Walker was appointed engraver to Catherine the Great. On his return he and his uncle published this work, which contained 100 plates.
Abbey: Travel 223, 'These plates of Atkinson's show the spontaineity and sprit possible when the artist is his own engraver... The colouring is skilfully done'.
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