NASH, Joseph (1809-1878)
Views of the Interior and Exterior of Windsor Castle
London: Thomas M'Lean, 1848. Folio. (28 x 21 1/4 inches). 25 chromolithographed plates finished by hand by Nash, mounted on card and outlined in gold. Title printed in blue with hand-coloured vignette, dedication to Queen Victoria printed in blue.
Half red morocco over blue velvet boards, flat spine, lettered gilt.
Very rare "Royal" issue, with the plates hand finished by Nash and mounted on card.
First edition of this "early example of three-colour printing. The figures and smaller details are hand-finished, probably by the artist, this being one of the few 'Royal Copies'" (Abbey). Nash, an architectural draughtsman and student of Pugin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to record the visits of the monarchs of France and Russia. These drawings were then supplemented with further views to complete the series. "... On the various occasions when the Continental Sovereigns were entertained by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle, Mr. Nash had the honour of receiving Her Majesty's commands to make Drawings of the scenes illustrative of the state and ceremony which distinguish the Royal hospitality ... From those Drawings originated the idea of making a Series of Plates that should embrace, not only the already well-known Views of the Castle, and the Apartments denominated 'State' but those less known and visited, the more elegant and private portion of the Castle; more particularly the Residence of the Sovereign ... As this Work is entirely of a pictorial character, it has not been thought necessary to enter into any lengthened description of the Plates. It has been made with no reference to historical or architectural considerations; its sole aim being to present a faithful and agreeable representation of scenes to which all who have visited them will recur with pleasurable interest ..." (preliminary text). The plates are comprised of: 1) Lower Ward 2) Grand Staircase 3) The Guard Chamber 4) Vandyke Room 5) Rubens's Room 6) Quadrangle Looking East 7) Throne-Room 8) The Waterloo Gallery 9) St. George's Hall-Entrance of her Majesty, Louis Philippe 10) St. George's Hall as it appears an Entertainment 11) Grand Reception Room 12) Quadrangle Looking West 13) South Corridor 14) Angle of the Corridor 15) East Corridor 16) Private Chapel 17) S.E. View of the Castle 18) White Drawing-Room 19) Green Drawing-Room 20) Crimson Drawing-Room 21) Private Dining-Room 22) Eastern View of the Castle and Garden 23) Queen's Private Sitting-Room 24) The Library 25) Interior of St. George's Chapel Among the most elaborate and beautiful of Nash's publications.
Abbey, Scenery 360; Tooley 339.