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British Architectural Images by Joseph Nash


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Joseph Nash (1809-1878) was a draughtsman and lithographer of architectural views, trained by Augustus C. Pugin. Nash produced a number of folio series showing architectural images of England, both interiors and exteriors. Nash's views are noted for his attention to detail and accuracy, and he usually included images of people--also drawn carefully and with authentic dress--to suggest scale and add historic interest. Nash's prints have particularly skillful lithography, allow for a richness and warmth, as well as a convincing realism. These are excellent examples of mid-nineteenth-century British architectural views, when more romantic and anecdotal images supplanted the topographical renderings of the eighteenth century. These prints by Nash are both wonderful enticements for the imagination, and fascinating historical documents.


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Mansions of England in the Olden Time.

Deluxe tinted lithographs by C.J. Hullmandel. With excellent original hand color. London: C. Hullmandel, 1839-48. Images approximately 12 x 16. Very good condition, but ask about condition of particular images.

This is perhaps Nash's most famous work, a formidable series of views of Tudor domestic architecture, which Nash said depicted "the most characteristic features of the domestic architecture of the Tudor Age, and also illustrating the costumes, habits, and recreations of our ancestors." For these prints Nash had the perfect partner in C. J. Hullmandel, the famous British lithographer who experimented successfully with new processes, most notably the "lithotint" process, which he named and patented in 1840. This technique, allowing for greater nuance and value gradation than pure lithography, was an ideal means of expression for Nash's historically rich and picturesque depictions of Tudor mansions. The aristocratic ladies and gentlemen (including Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I) who move through the rooms of these great houses were taken directly from the portraits on the walls.



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Interior views of Windsor Castle

Rich chromolithographs with hand highlights. London: Thomas M'Lean, 1848. Deluxe edition. Images approximately 13 x 18 1/2. Some light foxing on backing boards, but images are bright and generally unaffected. Overall, very good condition. Enquiry about condition of particular images.

For this series, showing interior views of the Royal Castle at Windsor, Nash used the new printing medium of chromolithography. This technique, allowing for greater nuance and value gradation than pure lithography, was an ideal means of expression for Nash's historically rich and picturesque depictions of Windsor Castle.



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