This originally hand-colored aquatint engraving is from Thomas Williamson's Foreign Field Sports, Fisheries, Sporting Anecdotes, &c. &c. From drawings by Messrs. Howitt, Atkinson, Clark, Manskirch, &c. With a Supplement of New South Wales. The work was published in London by H. R. Young in 1819.
The work included illustrations of big game hunting, whaling, fishing, birding, and bull fighting in North America, Germany, Lapland, Spain, Russia, and Africa. The supplement also included illustrations of hunting practices by the aboriginies in Australia. These scenes are noted for their unprejudiced depictions, rare amongts early colonial Australian art: "without question the most attractive and sympathetic of the early European depictions of the native inhabitants." "Other artists working in the colony at the time portrayed the Aborigines with grotesque sarcasm. But the drawings in Field Sports demonstrate respect for their dignity and exuberantly innocent humanity." (Australian Rare Books, p.280-281).
Thomas Williamson is a British artist. Thomas Williamson's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $125 USD to $12,305 USD, Since 2007 the record price for this artist at auction is $12,305 USD for Oriental Field Sports, sold at Pundole's in 2019.
~ 12 1/2" by 9"
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Originally Hand-colored Aquatint Engraving
The work is in excellent condition overall. There may be a few minor imperfections to be expected with age. Please review the image carefully for condition.
Foreign Field Sports, Fisheries, Sporting Anecdotes, &c. &c. From drawings by Messrs. Howitt, Atkinson, Clark, Manskirch, &c. With a Supplement of New South Wales
Provenance: Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books, Franklin, Tennessee
**Please note that the physical colors of this item may vary from the pictures in the listing, given the quality of the camera, the lighting and the background used.
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