|Lithograph with hand colouring
|R. K. Thomas
|Pub.d by Ingalton & Son, Eton, Ackermann & Co. Strand & Wyatt & Son, Oxford. c. 1843.
|Image 245 x 375 mm
A rare impression of the 1843 boat race between Eton and Westminster, taken from the riverside at Putney. The Eton boat is shown stretching ahead, as the Westminster boat is only depicted in part by the left-hand margin. The water is littered with other vessels, and a figure in the foreground wills the Etonians onwards with his hat.
The firm of Day & Haghe was one of the most prominent lithographic companies of the nineteenth-century. They were also amongst the foremost pioneers in the evolution of chromolithography. The firm was established in 1823 by William Day, but did not trade under the moniker of Day & Haghe until the arrival of Louis Haghe in 1831. In 1838, Day & Haghe were appointed as Lithographers to the Queen. However, and perhaps owing to the fact that there was never a formal partnership between the two, Haghe left the firm in the 1850's to devote himself to watercolour painting. The firm continued as Day & Son under the guidance of William Day the younger (1823 - 1906) but, as a result of a scandal involving Lajos Kossuth, was forced into liquidation in 1867. Vincent Brookes bought the company in the same year, and would produce the caricatures for Gibson Bowles' Vanity Fair magazine, as well as the illustrations for Cassells's Poultry Book, amongst other commissions.
Condition: A singular speck of foxing above a row of houses on the right. Other than that, the image is clean and nicely coloured. Slight dicolouration above the publication line. Probably caused by the previous application of an acidic mount. Image unaffected.