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(Rochester and Chatham) Boydell, John and Josiah, History of the River Thames, London 1794-96. Framed $1,850.00

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"Rochester and Chatham"

John Boydell, a land surveyor in the employment of his father, was inspired by an engraving by W.H. Toms to leave his home in Shropshire about 1750 and walk to London to apprentice himself to Toms. After six years, Boydell set up his own shop and thus began his career as one of the greatest of print publishers. Boydell was much concerned with the French dominance of the European print market at mid-century, and it was mostly by his efforts that by the 1780's it was British engraved prints that were dominant. This lovely view is from John and Josiah Boydell 's series of views of the Thames River Valley titled History of the River Thames, published between 1794-6. These prints, drawn by Joseph Farrington, are excellent examples of the art of aquatinting, and they provide an intimate look at the heart of England during the late eighteenth century.

Original hand colored aquatint engraving.
Double folio 12 x 20.5 inches sheet, 19 3/4 x 28 inches framed.
Excellent condition.