BURBANK, J. M. (d. 1873)
A Winter's Ride in America
[London]: L. Burbank, printed by L. M. Lefevre, [circa 1840]. Hand-colored lithograph, on stone by F. J. Swinton after Burbank, wide margins. Sheet size: 15 7/8 x 19 7/8 inches. Matted.
A rare hand coloured lithograph depicting an American winter scene.
The English painter J. M. Burbank would seem to have spent some time in America circa 1839, exhibiting a painting at the Royal Academy in that year titled A camp meeting, or religious revival in America. This rare American Victorian scene, evidently privately published by Burbank's sister Miss. L. Burbank, depicts a covered sleigh carrying a driver and three women, being pulled by a pair of horses through the snow. Although printed in London, the work would seem to have been drawn on stone in America, as it was produced by the lithographer Frederick J. Swinton, who worked for Endicott. Swinton was noted for his views from Whiting's Army Portfolio, and later lithographed the fossils for the New York state geological survey project. Not cited by any of the usual reference works.