|Method||Aquatint with original hand colouring|
|Artist||William James Bennett after H.F. James|
|Published||Drawn by H.F. James. Engraved by W. J. Bennett. Published by H.F. James, Manchester, March 1817.|
|Dimensions||Image 470 x 825 mm, Plate 510 x 880 mm|
A very large and impressive, separately published, Regency view of Liverpool from the Wirral, in full beautiful and vibrant original hand colour. The view shows the harbour and town from the foreshore of the Mersey, with the domes and spires of Town Hall, St Paul's, and St George's clearly visible, as well as the many warehouses, docks, and shipwrights on the waterside. To the left of the view, a number of windmills can be seen. The waters of the Mersey are populated by numerous sailing ships, testament to the importance of the city to the Empire's international trade network at the time. On the banks of the Wirral at Seacombe, groups of daytrippers lounge in conversation, while dockhands and merchants pilot small skiffs out to the anchored ships. In addition to the full wash colour of the image, the border has also been lined in with hand colour, and the remaining margins of the plate given a full wash border in grey. The view is one of the largest and most desirable of Liverpool, with representative examples in the Royal Collection, the British Library, the National Trust collection, and the print collection of King George III.
William James Bennett (1787-1844) was a British painter and engraver, active in Manchester and London in the early nineteenth century and best known for his architectural and topographical aquatints and etchings.
H.F. James (fl.1810s) was a Manchester-based publisher, printmaker, and draughtsman.
Condition: Clean crisp impression with superb original hand colouring. Some minor abrasion spots to sky at right of plate. Framed in a period wood frame with gold slip and original glass.