Harding, James Duffield, 1798-1863.
Picturesque selections : drawn on stone
London : W. Kent and Co., Paternoster Row; Winsor and Newton, Rathbone Place, . Some of the plates dated 1859 or 1860. Letterpress title page, "Notice by the artist", and 30 (as called for) tinted lithographs by Harding showing black and white chalk drawings of rustic landscape and architectural subjects; the prints mounted on leaves of card. Half-leather, spine missing. Front and back board detached. Large folio. Size: 57 x 44 cm.
Very rare. According to Worldcat.org only 12 librairies worldwide possess a copy. James Duffield Harding (1798 - 1863) was an English landscape painter, lithographer and author of drawing manuals. His use of tinted papers and opaque paints in watercolour proved influential. When lithography became popular in Britain, he quickly adopted it as a means of reproducing good examples for the use of pupils and students. His first productions were drawing-books, consisting of pencil sketches and studies of trees; they were printed in tints with two stones, allowing the reproduction of more elaborate drawings. His Sketches at Home and Abroad, a series of fifty plates using this method, was published in 1836. In 1841 he published The Park and the Forest, a set of sketches drawn on the stone with a brush instead of the crayon, a technique of his own invention which he called "lithotint". His other lithographic works included A Series of Subjects from the Works of R. P. Bonington (1829-30); Recollections of India (1847, from drawings by C. S. Hardinge) and Picturesque Selections (1861). (Source: Wikipedia)
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