SHEPHERD (THOMAS HOSMER) A Collection of 80 views of Edinburgh, pencil on paper (5 painted in watercolour), [c.1829]
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SHEPHERD (THOMAS HOSMER)
A Collection of 80 views of Edinburgh, pencil on paper (5 painted in watercolour), [c.1829]
Sold for £5,625 (US$ 7,004) inc. premium

The Scottish Sale

16 Apr 2015, 11:00 BST

Edinburgh

Lot Details
SHEPHERD (THOMAS HOSMER) A Collection of 80 views of Edinburgh, pencil on paper (5 painted in watercolour), [c.1829] SHEPHERD (THOMAS HOSMER) A Collection of 80 views of Edinburgh, pencil on paper (5 painted in watercolour), [c.1829] SHEPHERD (THOMAS HOSMER) A Collection of 80 views of Edinburgh, pencil on paper (5 painted in watercolour), [c.1829] SHEPHERD (THOMAS HOSMER) A Collection of 80 views of Edinburgh, pencil on paper (5 painted in watercolour), [c.1829] SHEPHERD (THOMAS HOSMER) A Collection of 80 views of Edinburgh, pencil on paper (5 painted in watercolour), [c.1829]
SHEPHERD (THOMAS HOSMER)
A Collection of 80 views of Edinburgh, pencil on paper (5 painted in watercolour), each mounted on card, various sizes (approximately 115 x 185mm and smaller); together with a copy letter dated 7th May 1940 from the Librarian of the Signet Library, C.A. Malcolm discussing the drawings, contained within a custom made cloth covered flip-top box, [c.1829]

Footnotes

  • These illustrations by Shepherd were the original drawings of the views of Edinburgh and the surrounding area, they were engraved by various engravers and published in 1829 by Jones as Modern Athens! Displayed in a Series of Views: or Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century. Taking reference from the edition of this book in the National Library of Scotland, the book has the frontispiece and 98 plates. This collection comprises that of the frontispiece and 77 of the 98 printed plates, of one of these there is a variant view of North Bridge and two further illustrations not published, one of the Advocates Library and the other of Parliament House. Although in this NLS edition the view of the Advocates does not appear, it does appear published in others - see further reference to the Advocates below.

    The drawings include instructions for the engraver, interestingly in the drawing of Parliament House there is the pedestal but not the statue of Charles II, in the engraved plate he is there. The statue was made of lead and was removed in 1824 due to falling into disrepair, as such it is not depicted in Shepherd's illustration, but the statue was represented latterly by the engraver, it was not replaced till 1835.

    Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (c.1817-c.1842) was known for his topographical illustrations, he was employed by Frederick Crace to make drawings of London which were outstanding in their skill and beauty, in subsequent years he depicted more views of London, Edinburgh, Bristol and Bath.

    The letter from C.A. Malcolm, Librarian, Society of Writers to H.M. Signet, The Signet Library, explains "I have colated with the plates in the printed volume" he goes on the mention the number of illustrations present and the pages they appear on in the volume collated. In his P.S. he mentions "the drawing of parliament square is particularly interesting" and draws the attention to the missing statue of Charles II on the plinth. The letter is addressed to James Watt, 28 Charlotte Square. Watt was a Solicitor, who in 1891 was apprenticed as a Writer to the Signet, being admitted to the Society of Writers to the Signet in 1896. He became a senior partner in Messrs Davidson & Syme in 1912. Here utilising the society's librarian to research his drawings.


    Provenance
    Acquired by James Watt, thence by descent.
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