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The Chinese Bridge on Fire,
The Chinese Bridge on Fire, on the night of the celebration of the glorious Peace of 1814.
Published & Sold Aug.t 12th 1814, by Edw.d Orme, Bond St. London.
Coloured mezzotint, prepared as a transparency. 180 x 125mm (7 x 5"), with small margins, some staining.
On 1st August 1814 a series of events celebrating both the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the centenary of Hanoverian rule in England. In St James's Park a Chinese bridge with a pagoda was built over the lake; in Green Park a revolving Temple of Concord was constructed by Sir William Congreve (of rocket fame); and in Hyde Park naval battles with miniature frigates were fought (the 'Nile' and 'Trafalgar' against the French and a third against the Americans, a reminder that Britain was still fighting the War of 1812). The battles were successful events: however the pagoda in St James's Park was set alight by fireworks, killing one and injuring another; and the balloon ascent, by James Sadler (1753-1828, the first English balloonist) did not go as planned and he had to make an emergency landing. This print has been treated with oil and colour on the reverse to create more vivid colours when held up to a light.
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No. 16 Morgan's Improved Protean Scenery. Mont Blanc.
No. 16 Morgan's Improved Protean Scenery. Mont Blanc. This Print at first represents a view of the splendid Mountain by day and upo holding it before the light, the sun will sink to rest and the Moon will supplant its place [...]
London. Published by Wm. Morgan, 25, Bartletts Buildings, Holborn, October 12th 1838
Coloured lithograph and text, combined dimensions approx 210 x 245mm (8¼ x 9½"). Trimmed and laid on card with title label, backed with tissue, as issued; damaged.
View of Mont Blanc by day which, when held up to the light, transforms into a nocturne owing to a small hole (representing the moon) cut in a second sheet of paper behind.
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Spooner's Protean Views No.4. Destruction of a Swiss Village by an Avalanche.
Spooner's Protean Views No.4. Destruction of a Swiss Village by an Avalanche. The Village is seen by Moonlight, the inhabitants, by the lights gleaming from the casements & reflected on the Lake are not yet retired to their beds. The Morning dawn brings to the destruction of the Night an Avalanche has buried in its fall the village leaving but the Spire of the Church and the Turret of the castle to mark its situation.
London, W. Spooner, 377 Strand. [n.d., c.1840.]
Coloured lithograph, trimmed and laid on card with title label, backed with tissue, as issued. Sheet: 225 x 285mm (9 x 11¼'').
A scene which changes when held to the light.
[Ref: 48067]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT) view all images for this item
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