Somerset House, St Paul's & Blackfriars Bridge from Waterloo Bridge.
[Published by Henry Brooks, 319 Regent Street, Portland Place, and 87 New Bond Street, April 15th , 1841. / Printed by Hullmandel]
Tinted lithograph, printed area 220 x 410mm (8¾ x 16"). Very large margins. Full sheet as published.
Strollers on the terrace of Somerset House look out at the activity on the Thames, with many people boarding steam boats and a procession of ceremonial barges. On the south side of Blackfriars Bridge one of London's several shot manufactories occupies a prominent position. From 'London from the Thames' (12 plates, 1842) by William Parrott (1813-69). Like his predecessors Prout, Bonington and T.S. Boys, Parrott used the 19th century medium of lithography to turn his own designs into prints.. Lithography, which unlike other forms of printmaking in use at the time, did not require long apprenticeships, so artists who before (and after) collaborated with specialist printmakers to turn their designs into prints, were instead able to control the reproduction of their work. Artists such as Gericault, Goya and Delacroix were enthusiastic early converts to lithography.
[Ref: 37198] £480.00