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GASTINEAU, Henry

Wales Illustrated, in a Series of Views [AND] South Wales Illustrated in a Series of Views

Jones & Co. at the Muses, Finsbury Square, London, 1830
Quarto, two volumes (275 x 220 mm. each), original half burgundy morocco, marbled boards, ornate gilt ruling, with raised bands with gilt decoration, each compartment with ornate gilt decoration, gilt titles to spine, marbled endpapers, light wear. ‘Wales Illustrated’ engraved title, sigs B-2B, *2B in 2’s, 3C, with 88 steel engraved plates printed two to a page, contents leaf; ‘South Wales’ with engraved title, sigs 2C-3O2, contents leaf, with 136 steel engravings printed two to a page. Original tissue guards throughout.
An artist who became very much involved with portraying the scenery of Wales was Henry Gastineau, a drawing-master and watercolour painter who exhibited all his work continuously for fifty-eight years. ‘He excelled chiefly in landscapes chosen among wild and romantic scenery, rocks, cataracts, and rushing streams’, commented Redgrave’ (Russell). This work contains 224 views engraved by such names as Adlard, Barber, Deeble, Lacey, Radclyffe, T. H. Shepherd, Varrall and Wallis. Gastineau dominated Welsh illustration in his day, he exhibited a total of 1,310 pictures at the Old Water Colour Society galleries. Many later Welsh publications drew on his work. When he died ‘the old school of picturesque topography may be said to have expired’ (Hardie). Provenance: Clive A Burden Ltd. c.1995. Anderson p. 336; Holloway pp. 72-6; Russell pp. 133, 193.
Stock number: 8969

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