BEAUCLERK, Lord Charles (1813-1861)
Lithographic Views of Military Operations in Canada under His Excellency Sir John Colborne ... during the late insurrection. From sketches by Lord Charles Beauclerk, Captain Royal Regiment
London: printed by Samuel Bentley, published by A. Flint, 1840. Folio. (14 x 10 3/8 inches). Lithographic map, 6 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates after Lord Beauclerk, drawn on stone by N. Hartnell.
Original printed wrappers (modern cloth backstrip) within a cloth box
A rare colour plate book, containing "the most comprehensive set of prints dealing with the Papineau Rebellion in Lower Canada" (Spendlove).
There is an immediacy about this set of prints that is particularly compelling: Lord Beauclerk, the third son of the Duke of St. Albans, was an eye-witness to the events described, serving as an officer in the British Army, and made on-the-spot sketches from which the images were drawn on stone by Hartnell. "The most valued account of the Rebellion of 1837 is the set of lithographs after sketches made by... Beauclerk... The views are attractive in both colouring and composition, and depict various actions in November and December 1837" (Allodi).
Gagnon 124; Sabin 4164; Spendlove, The Face of Early Canada 85; TPL 2037; Allodi, The Book of Canadian Antiques 304; Staten and Tremaine 2037; Lande 1559.