[Houses by a stream, with a bridge.]
London, printed from stone at the polyautographic office, No. 9 Buckingham-Place, Fitzroy-Square.
Pen lithograph, sheet 210 x 290mm. 8¼ x 11½". Creasing top left corner.
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. William Henry Pyne (1770-1843) was an English writer, painter and illustrator, who first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1790 and was one of the founders of Royal Watercolour Society in 1804. His works included a series of books teaching amateurs to draw (in collaboration with Rudolph Ackermann) and a lavishly illustrated 'History of the Royal Residences'. Pyne later turned to art criticism and fiction, under the pseudonym 'Ephraim Hardcastle'.
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; for the 'Royal Residences' see refs. 15143, 30979 etc.
[Ref: 35484] £220.00