Vignettes: Alpine and Eastern ... In Two Series. Eastern Series
Vignettes: Alpine and Eastern ... In Two Series. Eastern Series

WALTON, Elijah [artist] and Thomas George BONNEY. Vignettes: Alpine and Eastern ... In Two Series. Eastern Series.

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WALTON, Elijah [artist] and Thomas George BONNEY. Vignettes: Alpine and Eastern ... In Two Series. Eastern Series. London, W.M. Thompson, 1873.

Folio. Original maroon cloth over bevelled boards by Leighton, Son and Hodge, upper board blocked with design in gilt, lower board blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt, lemon-yellow endpapers, all edges gilt; pp. [viii, 24, advertisements ]; 12 mounted chromolithographic plates after Walton, printed by M. & N. Hanhart, each with tissue guard; binding with wear and a little faded, front hinge re-inforced, occasional light spotting on card mounts, text a little browned, else very good.
First edition, the second series only (the first series was devoted to the Alps and is thus wholly non-Middle-Eastern in subject), devoted to Sinai, the Nile, Baalbek, Constantinople and the Bosphorus and with one view of the Acropolis in Athens. The Birmingham-born artist Elija Walton discovered early on in his career that he had talent for mountain landscape painting. After a sojourn in Switzerland he moved to Egypt (where his wife died), and then on to Syria, Lebanon and Istanbul. After two years abroad he returned for a short period to London, only to work for for five more years abroad. This rare volume is the only published outcome of his love for Middle Eastern scenery and landscape, apart fom a work on The Camel, its Anatomy, Proportions, and Paces, both written and illustrated by Walton. Similar to David Roberts, the artist produced the designs specifically for publication, not to be hand-coloured, but to be printed in superior chromolithography by W. M. Thompson, who distributed prints in his Burlington Gallery in Piccadilly.

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