London Plate V 1805
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A rare coloured aquatint of Somerset House viewed from the other shore by William Daniell 1805 Original on J Whatman watermarked paper dated 1804.
Very Rare coloured aquatint: London Plate V. Drawn, Engraved & Published by William Daniell, No 9 Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square, London, Jan.y 1, 1805. Coloured aquatint. Sheet approx 522mm x 776mm (20½ x 30½").
From William Daniell's 'Six Views of the Metropolis of the British Empire'. William Daniell RA (1769-1837) was one of the few artists of the period who was as skilled as an aquatinter as he was a painter. It was common practice to add engraved or etched lines to give shape to the tonal effect of the aquatint; this plate is pure aquatint, with no added lines, not even on the rigging of the boats. The unembanked Somerset House viewed from the opposite shore; Drury Lane on the skyline.
Good overall condition with existing (aged) line and wash mount ready for framing or new mount and frame. Some offset to sheet boarder from old mount board not effecting image and not visible when mount in place. A scarce aquatint and very collectable.
Another genuine antique print over 215 years old from Rare Maps and Prints.