[Knight on horseback in a rocky landscape]
London printed from stone at the polyautographic office, No 9 Buckingham Place, Fitzroy Square
Pen lithograph, very rare, sheet 320x 235mm (12½ x 9¼"). Glued at corners to original aquatint mount watermarked 'J[oseph] Ruse 1804' (platemark 425 x 330mm, 16¾ x 13"); slight creasing and glue residue at corners; slight foxing.
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. One of only a handful of prints made by Edward Vernon Utterson (bap.1777, d.1856), antiquary and literary editor. Utterson reprinted or edited a large number of early works of English literature, most notably those of Samuel Rowlands. He was a founding member of the Roxburghe Club, 'the oldest society of bibliophiles in the world', in 1812, along with fellow collectors such as Sir Francis Freeling.
For Freeling, see ref. 21624; Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 35474] £290.00