Tattershall Castle [ms.]
Etching and aquatint with hand-colouring and large margins, J. Whatman 1816 watermark; platemark 215 x 305mm (8½ x 12"). Proof, before printed text 'Tattershall Castle- Lincolnshire. / From an original drawing in the possession of Wm. Brand Esq. of Boston. Nov 1 1812'.
Plate from John Hassell's 'Aqua Pictura. Illustrated by a series of original specimens from the works of...all the most approved modern water coloured draftsmen...' (1813). This volume was an ambitious project containing fifteen plates, each in four states, to illustrate the development of a watercolour from initial drawing to completed work. This print, finished with hand-colouring, replicates the original watercolour by Thomas Girtin. Girtin had died several years previously, but had drawn Tattershall Castle as the basis for an engraving in a series of views in Lincoln, in 1799. The engraver and publisher John Hassell (1767-1825) was also a drawing master, and like several other of his books, 'Aqua Pictura' was designed for educational purposes.
Abbey Life 140.10
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