Byron’s Europe: Plate 5, Lisbon from near Almada Fort

This the eighth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to plate five which offers a prospect over the river Tagus to Lisbon during turbulent times. Lisbon from near Almada Fort, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by Clarkson Stanfield, … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 5, Lisbon from near Almada Fort

Byron’s Europe: Plate 4, Belem Tower, Lisbon

This the seventh instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to plate four which commemorates Byron’s first footfall in Europe, at Lisbon in Portugal. Belem Castle, Lisbon, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by Clarkson StanfieldEtching and line engraving on … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 4, Belem Tower, Lisbon

Byron’s Europe: Title page, Villeneuve, Switzerland

This the second instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834. The series consists of one hundred and twenty-six subjects so this promises to be a long and varied journey. Here we visit our first destination, starting out amongst the Alps on the … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Title page, Villeneuve, Switzerland

Byron’s Europe: Frontispiece; Gibraltar

This the third instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we look at the image chosen to serve as the frontispiece to the whole series, a view of Gibraltar by Turner. Splendid as it certainly is, its relationship with Byron’s Life … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Frontispiece; Gibraltar

Byron’s Europe: Plate 1, Lochnagar

This the fourth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we consider the first plate, which takes us to the Dee valley in Aberdeenshire and into a formative experience of the Scottish landscape. The Valley of the Dee, Scotland, looking towards Ballater and … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 1, Lochnagar

Byron’s Europe: Plate 2, Lochnagar

This the fifth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to the second plate, which transports us to the Scottish landscape at its most Sublime. The Valley of the Dee, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, looking over Invercauld House to Lochnagar. Called ‘Lachin-y-Gair’Engraved by … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 2, Lochnagar

Byron’s Europe: Plate 3, Mary Ann Chaworth

This the sixth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to the third plate, which begins to open up some social and even romantic dimensions to the project. Miss Chaworth, 1832Engraved by William Finden after a portrait by Frank Stone based … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 3, Mary Ann Chaworth

A Twopeny Portfolio: Introduction

I brightened a few grey days recently reviewing the contents of a portfolio of drawings that I acquired in 2017. I bought it for a Cotman watercolour that it contained, but sixteen other pencil drawings, seven watercolours and one photograph bundled with it have proved almost as equally engaging at the Cotman, in most cases … Continue reading A Twopeny Portfolio: Introduction

A Twopeny Portfolio: #1 Cotman, King’s Lynn

This article describes the first work of twenty-five bought in a lot of Sundry Drawings and Watercolours, offered at Anderson & Garland Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne, 21 March 2-17, lot 46 as Various Artists (British 19th Century) Sundry drawings and watercolours, mainly topographical and floral studies, including a grisaille "South Gate Lynn, Norfolk", bearing the … Continue reading A Twopeny Portfolio: #1 Cotman, King’s Lynn