[A specimen of sketching landscapes, in a free and masterly manner, with a pen or pencil:exemplified in thirty etchings, done from original drawings of Lucatelli, after the life, in and about Rome. By William Austin.]
Quarto, contemporary half calf and marbled boards; 30 etched plates, lacking title page. Binding rubbed.
One of the rarest of eighteenth century drawing books, containing 30 etched plates of vedute after Italian artist Andrea Locatelli (1695-1741), etched by William Austin. William Austin (1721 - 1820) was a pupil of George Bickham and worked with Paul Sandby and Francis Vivares. He ran a print-shop publishing some political caricatures, anti-French and pro-Fox, but gave up print making for teaching drawing, first in London and afterwards in Brighton. The title (as above) comes from the example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Yale Center for British Art has a pirated version, 'exemplified in thirty-eight etchings', published by T. Simpson, 1781.
Metropolitan Museum of Art 60.574.3.
[Ref: 33204] £720.00