Jumping on a Board.
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 with large margins. 180 x 250mm, 7 x 9¾".
Children playing outside a Russian log cabin, published in Atkinson's 'A Picturesque Representation of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements of the Russians'. According to the text this pastime is 'Usually the Amusement of two girls, who balance a board on a few billets ot stones, and by degrees suffer themselves to be thrown up to an extraordinary height by the elasticity and spring of the board... a broken leg might easily take place'. 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'.
[Ref: 25078] £120.00