[Landscape with deer under tree]
London printed from stone at the polyautographic office, No 9 Buckingham Place, Fitzroy Square 
Pen lithograph, sheet 215 x 315mm (8½ x 12½"). Hinged to original aquatint mount watermarked 'Russell Turners 1807' (platemark 330 x 425mm, 13 x 16¾"). Fine impression.
Early pen lithograph from the second issue of 'Specimens of Polyautography' (1807), the first (1803) issue of which was the first set of artist's lithographs ever published. 'Specimens' showcased the new medium of lithography, which allowed artists to make prints arguably resembling drawings more than any earlier technique. Unlike most 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. By John Peter Laporte (1761-1839), watercolour painter in the tradition of Paul Sandby. Laporte built up a considerable practice as a drawing master, and his methods can be seen in his 1812 lesson book 'The Progress of a Water-Coloured Drawing'.
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 35469] £280.00