|Method||Copper engraving with hand colour|
|Artist||Edward and Charles John Kennion|
|Published||London. Published July 25 1814, by C. J. Kennion|
|Dimensions||Image 166 x 226, Plate 188 x 248, Sheet 277 x 346 mm|
Plate II from 'An Essay on Trees in Landscape, or, An attempt to shew the propriety and importance of characteristic expressions in this branch of art, and the means of producing it: with examples' by Edward and Charles John Kennion and Hugh William Williams. Plate illustrates the leaves of three different species of walnut.
Charles John Kennion (1789-1853) was an English watercolour artist, largely specialising in landscape. He was the son of Edward Kennion. He carried on his father's final project 'An Essay on Trees in a Landscape', publishing it in 1815.
Edward Kennion (1744–1809) was the father of Charles John Kennion. He was an English artist, initially a soldier and businessman. He spent much of his time as a soldier in Jamaica, before resettling in England in the early 1770s and engaging in London trade. He continued in business until 1782, when he retired to Rydd Green, near Malvern, a couple of years later moving to London as a teacher and artist. He was a member of the Society of Artists of Great Britain as well as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. From 1790 he was engraving and etching tree and leaf plates, proposing a whole multi-volume work in 1803. Final arrangements were made for the publication of the first volume in 1809, but he unfortunately died that year. 'An Essay on Trees in Landscape' was issued in 1815, many of the plates being by his son, Charles.
Hugh William Williams FRSE (1773 - 1829), known as 'Grecian Williams', was a Scottish landscape-painter. He engraved a number of plates for 'An Essay on Trees in a Landscape'.
Condition: Time toning and surface dirt. Tears to margins. Ink splatters and marks.