|Method||Aquatint with hand colouring|
|Artist||Joseph Constantine Stadler after Joseph Farington|
|Published||Pub. June 1. 1793, by J & J Boydell. Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall & Cheapside.|
|Dimensions||Image 218 x 324 mm, Sheet 307 x 412 mm|
A classic view of the High Street, with Queen's College in the right foreground, University College in the left, spires of University Church and Lincoln College in the background, with scholars in gowns walking the street from 'A History of the River Thames' within A History of the Principal Rivers of Great Britain (1794). The brothers originally intended to include the rivers Thames, Severn, Forth and Clyde 'and intended to illustrate an original History of those Rivers, including all that adorns, dignifies or enriches them and their Vicinities, whether of Art or Nature'. The project was abandoned at the completion of the History of the Thames.
The German born Joseph Constantine Stadler (1780-1822) was a painter and aquatint engraver. He began working in London in the 1780s with ambitious topographical works. He worked on various publications with artists such as Joseph Farington, who made the drawings for 'An History of the River Thames' by William Combe (1794-6), Robert Bowyer with Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg's 'Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain' (1801) and on many publications for Rudolph Ackermann, including 'Views of London' (1812-22) and 'Public Schools' (1816). In 1787 he exhibited four landscapes at the Royal Academy in London, and in 1822 he engraved the 18 plates for Thomas Rowlandson's 'Sketches from Nature' (1822).
Joseph Farington (1747-1821) was a landscape painter and diarist. He studied in Manchester, and moved to London in 1763 to be taught in the studio of Richard Wilson. He became a member of the Society of Artists in 1765, and joined the Royal Academy at its inception in 1769, and became an academician 1785. He submitted work annually until 1801 and continued to exhibit at the academy until 1813.
Condition: Good impression with wide margins. Slight overall time toning.