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circa 1770. Hand-coloured engraving. Title is inscribed in a contemporary hand on verso of sheet. In excellent condition. Trimmed as usual and mounted on washline background. Mounting sheet is watermarked laid paper. Image size: 13 1/2 x 19 inches. Sheet size: 16 3/8 x 22 inches.
A wonderful continental view in the grand tradition of the romantic landscape.
Towards the middle of the eighteenth century a trend developed amongst artists and printmakers, which sought to visually record the natural beauties of their surroundings. English printmakers began to publish topographical prints of the important sights in the British Isles and on the Continent. Theses image not only inspired a sense of national pride but also served as cherished mementos for eager collectors on the "Grand Tour". Prints and paintings of Ruins and antiquities were aimed at English and foreign tourists who desired a reminder of their travels, or at those vicarious tourists who collected topographical prints instead of traveling. This is a wonderful example of a picturesque eighteenth century landscape print. By trimming the image within the platemark and mounting it on a decorative washline background the print has the effect of a landscape painting. The likeness is heightened by the addition of added body colour in the image and the use of a heavy painterly technique of engraving. This practice was common amongst engravers and printsellers who wished to capitalize on this trend for picturesque landscapes.
This print is from the famed Oettingen-Wallerstein collection, which was compiled over two centuries by various members of the royal household. The collection is known for its stunning impressions and the immaculate condition of its prints.
Clayton, The English Print 1688-1802 p. 155; Lugt, Les Marques de Collections, (Supplement) 2715a.