|Method||Mezzotint and mixed method|
|Artist||Thomas Lewis Atkinson after after John Lucas|
|Published||Published by Henry Graves and Co. Wednesday 23rd May 1849|
|Dimensions||Image 695 x 444 mm, Plate 815 x 524 mm, Sheet 840 x 545 mm|
Proof before letters on India paper.
Printsellers Association blind stamp to the bottom right of inscription space.
George Stephenson (1781-1848), the inventor and founder of railways, was a practical engineer without formal education who became interested in developing more efficient rails and locomotives. In 1814, he tested his first 'steam-blast' locomotive which drew thirty tonnes of coal at four miles an hour. After his pioneering work on the Stockton and Darlington Railway (1825), he won the contract for the Manchester and Liverpool Line in 1826. The success of both lines was increased by the newly designed Rocket (1829), an engine which travelled at 29 miles per hour. The building of these two lines prompted immense business speculation and an expansion of the railway system which transformed the British countryside and economy.
Thomas Lewis Atkinson (1817 - 1898) was a line and mezzotint engraver, and a pupil of Samuel Cousins.
John Lucas (1807-1874), portrait painter, began his career as an apprentice to mezzotint engraver Samuel William Reynolds. When his tenure with Reynolds ended in the late 1820s, Lucas established a practice as a painter. He exhibited his first portrait at the Royal Academy in 1828 and thereafter gained fame as a fashionable society portraitist. Lucas often exhibited his works publicly, showing ninety-six portraits at the Royal Academy from 1828 to the time of his death.
O'Donoghue 6, Printsellers' Association Index 361, Lennox-Boyd iv/v, proofe before title.
Ex. Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd
Condition: Two sall tears to the right hand margin just affecting plate. One small tear to the centre of the left hand margin, stopping at the plate.