The Tower of William Tell at Altorf.
Lithograph, very rare with large margins; printed area 140 x 140mm (5½ x 5½"). Foxing around edges.
The 13th century tower in the market place at Altdorf, Switzerland, where according to legend William Tell shot an apple from his son's head. In 1895 a memorial statue was erected in front of the tower. The printmaker Mary Anne Theresa Whitby (1784-1850) probably visited the site when in Switzerland in the 1820s. Whitby was the widow of Cornwallis' flag captain, John Whitby, who died in 1806. Following her husband's death, Whitby spent much of her time with Cornwallis, who left his estate to her on his death in 1819. Whitby was an amateur lithographer who established a private press at Newlands.
Ex: Collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 35713] £90.00