JUKES, Francis (1745-1812) after Edward DAYES (1763-1804)
View of Goodrich Castle on the River Wye
[Pl. 5] London: Published by F. Jukes, 1799. Hand-coloured aquatint. Very good condition apart from some light soiling and a few tiny foxing marks in the left margin. Sheet size: 18 1/8 x 24 1/2 inches. Plate mark: 14 3/8 x 18 1/8 inches.
A fine view of the 12th-century red sandstone Goodrich Castle, from "Series of Views on the River Wye" by Francis Jukes, one of the greatest English exponents of the art of aquatint, after a work by the landscape painter Edward Dayes.
Francis Jukes was a prolific engraver, who was chiefly known for his topographical prints, the bulk of which he executed in aquatint. He contributed numerous plates to various publications including Walmsley's Views in North Wales (1792-4) and Campbell's A Journey in Scotland (1802) and collaborated on several projects with the engraver and publisher Robert Pollard. The ruins of the medieval castle are in Goodrich, Herefordshire, though it is relatively incidental to Jukes' landscape, which is an extraordinarily rich harmony of grays, greens and browns.
Cf. Dictionary of National Biography; cf. Abbey, Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland 545.