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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.
[Ref: 53152]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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North West View of St Paul's Cathedral [pencil].
North West View of St Paul's Cathedral [pencil].
Drawn & Etched by J. Buckler 1813 [pencil].
An extremely rare engraving, a working proof before letters and aquatinting. 525 x 665mm (20¾ x 26¼"), watermarked 'J Whatman 1810', with large margins.
The engraved outline of the north and west sides of St Paul's Cathedral, before the addition of aquatint tone. Despite the pencil inscription, the engraver was George Robert Lewis, who was credited in the 1814 published state; In 1800 John Buckler (1770-1851), an estate manager and bailiff for Magdalene College, Oxford, began working on a series of engravings of all the cathedrals in the country. St Paul's was one of the last of the series.
[Ref: 53095]   £480.00  
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