|Artist||Charles Heath after Thomas Christopher Hofland|
|Published||Published Octr. 1st 1822 by T. C. Hofland, 23, Newman Street, Oxford Street & Messrs. Hurst, Robinson & Co. Cheapside, London.|
|Dimensions||Image 348 x 527 mm, Sheet 412 x 592 mm|
A separately published landscape view from Twickenham Park, with Richmond Bridge set in the distance. Running through the parkland is the River Thames, with several barges travelling along. The immediate foreground features a number of figures, including a woman sketching, who is watched by a kneeling man holding brushes and a box.
Charles Heath (1785-1848) was an English engraver, illustrator and publisher. The illegitimate son of James Heath, a successful engraver who enjoyed the patronage of King George III; Heath received his first training in the art from his father. Producing etchings from the age of six, Heath learnt from his father how to etch small plates suitable for book illustration. As a young man, Heath became a fellow of the Society of British Artists and throughout his life contributed to exhibitions. An entrepreneur who first mass-produced steel engravings in Britain for the purpose of illustration, Heath was a driving force behind the new genre of the literary journal. His productions were very successful, but he often had difficulty managing his finances, and in the 1840s he had to sell much of his stock to stay afloat. Related by marriage to the artist Henry Corbould, the pair went into business with Heath's half-brother George, printing money and various stamps for multiple governments. Two of Heath's sons were also engravers; Frederick (1810-1878) and Alfred (1812-1896), whilst another, Henry Charles Heath (1829-1898), became a Royal miniature painter. Heath's pupils included George Thomas Doo (1800-1886) and James Henry Watt (1799-1867).
Thomas Christopher Hofland (1777 - 1843) was an English artist, primarily painting topographical subjects.
Condition: Good clean impression. Trimmed within plate mark, and some discolouration to margins not affecting the image.