[Landscape with large trees.]
Pen lithograph, rare; sheet 235 x 325mm (9¼ x 12¾"). Glued to backing sheet at corners; unidentified collector's stamp verso. Trimmed to image as usual.
One of the twelve pen lithographs from 'Specimens of Polyauthography', the first set of artist's lithographs ever published (by Philipp André in 1803). The new medium allowed artists to draw directly onto a prepared stone, allowing artists to make prints which arguably resembled drawings more than any earlier printmaking technique. Unlike many printmaking techniques, lithography required no special training as artists could work directly onto the plate and leave specialist printers to actually make the prints. For this reason many artists who were not trained printmakers (such as Géricault and Delacroix) often worked in lithography. Cooper (1740-1814) had studied in Paris with the famous engraver J.-P. Le Bas and earned the nickname 'the English Poussin' for his depictions of Rome and its surroundings. After succeeding Alexander Cozens as drawing master at Eton in 1768, in later life he became drawing master to Princess Charlotte (1796-1814).
For a print by Princess Charlotte, see ref. 23168; Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 35463] £240.00