An Elevated View of the New Docks & Warehouses now constructing on the Isle of Dogs near Limehouse for the Reception of Shipping in the West India Trade...
Coloured aquatint. 450 x 790mm (17¾ x 31"). Toning in margins. Very fine.
A wonderful bird's-eye view, looking down on the West India Docks. William Daniell RA (1769-1837) was one of the few artists of the period who was as skilled as an aquatinter as he was a painter. It was common practice to add engraved or etched lines to give shape to the tonal effect of the aquatint; this plate is pure aquatint, with no added lines, not even on the rigging of the boats. The margins have been given a grey wash in imitation of watercolour presentation of the period.
[Ref: 7655] £2,900.00