While the world has been busy in the battle against Coronavirus many of us have experienced long periods of lockdown. I've not attended an auction looking for antique maps and prints for months. I really hope to get back out and see people again soon. Recently though I've been attending more online auctions where I felt comfortable about making an 'absentee bid' based on info and pictures provided to me by the auction house.
I'm delighted to report one of these acquisitions was for a rather sorry and broken copy of "The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies; from 1799 to 1815" Printed for James Jenkins No 48 Strand By L. Harrison & J. C. Leigh, 373 Strand. To my delight, considering I'd not been able to go and actually look at the condition of the plates the majority remain in exceptional condition.
The hand coloured plates are military scenes and battles, by T. Sutherland, D. Havell, M. Dubourg, J. Hill et al from drawings by William Heath. Heath (1794 - 1840) was a British artist. His early works often dealt with military themes, and this is probably the best known of his illustrated military books.
In the coming weeks I will share more from this exceptional illustrated work and hope to make prints available for sale when ready. If you're aware of this work as a print collector and are after a particular print from this series please drop me an email......email@example.com