|Artist||Jacopo Leonardis after Antonius Biasini|
|Published||[London: John Mason, c. 1825]|
|Dimensions||Image 240 x 360, Sheet 358 x 487 mm|
A view of a cavern near the town of Monte di Malo, in the Veneto. A figure holding a staff peers in, whilst in the foreground two men talk and gesticulate. Columnar basalt rocks lie tumbled down the tree-lined slope to the left. Plate 18 from Jacapo Leonardis' rare publication 'A series of plates representing the most extraordinary and interesting basaltic mountains, caverns and causeways, in the known world: fifty engravings'. The engravings for this series are 18th century but only published in the first quarter of the 19th century.
Jacopo da Leonardis (1723-1794) was an Italian printmaker and publisher. He was born in Palmanova in the Venetian Republic, and lived and worked in Venice. Leonardis was a student of both M. Benville and Tiepolo, and obtained the first prize at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice. Although he specialised in engraving plates for book illustrations, he also etched a number of plates after Italian masters, including Giulio Carpioni, Sebastiano Conca, and Tintoretto. He was also known as Giacomo or Jacopo da Leonardis.
John Manson (fl. 1796-1800) was an English printmaker and publisher working in London. Between 1796-7 he worked at 6 Pall Mall, London.
Condition: Trimmed to printed border and laid to album page. Hand written title and artists names inscribed underneath.