[Ruined abbey among trees]
Pen lithograph, sheet 220 x 325mm (9 x 12˝"). Glued to backing sheet. Trimmed to subject.
Early lithograph by Richard Cooper (1740-1814). The son of another engraver, Cooper worked for a time in Italy, where he befriended Alexander Runciman and developed a style of landscape painting similar to that of Runciman (he became known as the 'English Poussin'). After marrying in Edinburgh in 1777, Cooper settled in London around 1787, where he dedicated himself to drawing (he became drawing master at Eton) and occasionally printmaking. This lithograph was included in the 1807 edition of the first portfolio of artists' lithographs, 'Specimens of Polyauthography'. 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.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36948] £240.00