|Published||Published According to Act of parliament by John Boydell engraver at the Unicorn the corner of Queen Street Cheapside London 1753.|
|Dimensions||Image 232 x 413 mm, Plate 260 x 422 mm, Sheet 320 x 550 mm|
View of the city of London looking down the River Thames over Westminster bridge, with several boats on the water and St. Paul's Cathedral in the background to the right. Five lines of descriptive French text below the image to the right, and in English to the left.
John Boydell (1719 - 1804) was an English engraver, and one of the most influential printsellers of the Georgian period. At the age of twenty one, Boydell was apprenticed to the engraver William Henry Toms, and enrolled himself in the St. Martin's Lane Academy in order to study drawing. Given the funds raised by the sales of Boydell's Collection of One Hundred Views in England and Wales, 1755, he turned to the importation of foreign prints. Despite great success in this market his legacy is largely defined by The Shakespeare Gallery; a project that he initiated in 1786. In addition to the gallery, which was located in Pall Mall, Boydell released folios which illustrated the works of the Bard of Avon and were comprised of engravings after artists such as Henry Fuseli, Richard Westall, John Opie and Sir Joshua Reynolds. He is credited with changing the course of English painting by creating a market for historical and literary works. In honour of this, and his long standing dedication to civil duties, Boydell became the Mayor of London in 1790.
Condition: Strong impression with full margins. Very small puncture to lower left corner. Overall time toning.