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 and large margins. 180 x 250mm, 7 x 9¾".
A Russian horse-drawn plough, published in Atkinson's 'A Picturesque Representation of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements of the Russians'. According to the text the Russian plough is primitive and its effect 'in ploughing is very superficial... [but] enough, however, to answer all the Russian's purposes'. The author notes the recent introduction of the english plough by the nobility, although the peasants still prefer their own. 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.
223 Abbey: Travel, '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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