While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.
Great Staircase, Kensington Palace PYN91 $125
Prints measure approximately 13
inches long by 10 inches high.
These incredibly rich, hand colored aquatints from
The History of the Royal Residences by W.H. Pyne, London
1819, were by the master engravers & artists of the day
including William Bennett, D. Havell, T. Sutherland, R.
Reeve and J Bailey. William Bennett in particular was
considered the master of the aquatint view. Born in England
around 1784, he emigrated to the United States where he
established the city landscape view as an important art form.
Principally of the interiors of royal residences, these
prints are now an invaluable historical record of residences
which are greatly changed today, or no longer exist. Time
and progress have exacted their price. Carlton House in
London, home to the Prince Regent (later George IV), was demolished
in 1826, and other residences have seen modernization & change.
In 1992, the year Queen Elizabeth II refers to as “annus
horribilis,” a serious fire destroyed or damaged more
than 100 rooms at Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest
occupied castle in the world. The Castle's dramatic site
encapsulates 900 years of British history, much of it
reflected in these beautiful aquatints. All are
historically accurate & a document of the magnificent
treasures held by the Crown. In fact, all the paintings
and artifacts are faithful reproductions of the
originals & all can be identified with careful research.
For example, according to the preeminent book dealer
Donald Heald, the Kings dressing room illustrates works
by Holbein, Rembrandt, and da Vinci with ceiling mural
of Jupiter and Danae.
The work was an ambitious and expensive undertaking,
proving costly to its publisher William Pyne, who had
the great misfortune to be incarcerated in debtor’s
prison more than once as a result of the ruinous
expense. Today, we can only look with wonder and
gratitude at these beautifully hand colored, exquisitely
detailed aquatints of historical surroundings that
constitute the important legacy of Pyne to art lovers
The images themselves are in excellent condition with
exceptionally sumptuous hand-coloring on creamy wove
paper. The page size measures approximately 13 inches long by 10 inches high, with the plate
marks intact on the majority.
There is no descriptive text, but a copy of
the title pages accompanies each print. These prints are
a rare glimpse at a time in history which often exists
only on these pages and a great addition for the print
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