BOYDELL, John (1719-1804)
A View taken near the Store House at Deptford
[Pl. 10] London: Published by J. Boydell, 1750. Hand-coloured engraving, printed on laid paper. Very good condition apart from some overall light soiling, minor foxing, and a few small tears in the right and bottom margins. Slight discolouration of the paper due to age. Bottom of sheet slightly trimmed. Image size (including text): 10 3/8 x 16 7/8 inches. Sheet size: 14 x 19 3/8 inches.
A fine image of London from Boydell's series of plates "Collection of One Hundred Views in England and Wales," published in 1770.
Deptford was the site of the first Royal Dockyard, established by Henry VIII. For much of the period during which England ruled the waves, her ships were built at Deptford. John Boydell is one of the most influential figures in the history of English printmaking. He was not only an accomplished engraver and an industrious publisher, but also as a printseller he came to dominate the English print trade. He is best known as the originator of the Shakespeare Gallery, which made him one of the most successful print-sellers of his time.
Cf. Adams, London Illustrated 16404-1851 47; cf. Clayton, The English Print 1688-1802, pp. 115-116 & 155.