[Five plates of the set 'Six beautiful landskips drawn from nature by Richards'.][A Farm and View near the River Ex in Devonshire.] [&] [A View of Part of the River Trent Nottinghamshire.] [&] [A Cottage by the New River near Hornsey Middlesex.] [&] [The Herdsman with a View of Part of Wakefield Out Wood Yorkshire.] [&] [A View of the Marsh Lands with the River Lee in Essex.]
Publish'd as the Act directs. [London, Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, Map, Chart and Printsellers, No. 53, Fleet Street, as the Act directs, Oct.r 1st 1784.]
Five etchings [of six], scratched-letter proofs before titles. Each 165 x 215mm (6½ x 8½"). Slightly foxed.
Five landscapes by John Inigo Richards (1731-1810), a scene painter for London theatres and a founder member of the Royal Academy in 1768. As their secretary 1788-1810 he had an apartment in Somerset House. When his brother-in-law, Thomas Wignell, proposed building a theatre in Philadelphia Richards obtained Thomas Greenway’s plans for the Theatre Royal, Bath, which was used to build the 'New Theatre' (later renamed the Chestnut Street Theatre). This was the first purpose-built theatre in North America. American interest.
See BM: 1852,1009.1003 for published states.
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