HASSELL, JOHN. 1767-1825. Aqua Pictura. Illustrated by a Series of Original Specimens Exhibiting the Works of the Most Approved Water Colour Draftsmen. London: W. Molineux, [1818].

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HASSELL, JOHN. 1767-1825.
Aqua Pictura. Illustrated by a Series of Original Specimens Exhibiting the Works of the Most Approved Water Colour Draftsmen. London: W. Molineux, [1818].

US$ 800 - 1,200
£ 610 - 910
HASSELL, JOHN. 1767-1825.
Aqua Pictura. Illustrated by a Series of Original Specimens Exhibiting the Works of the Most Approved Water Colour Draftsmen. London: W. Molineux, [1818].
Oblong folio (480 x 342 mm). 17 (of 19) hand-colored aquatint plates. Publisher's printed wrappers, modern custom cloth box. Spine heavily chipped, wrapper soiled, dampstaining affecting first 5 plates.

SECOND EDITION. The plates reproduce works by prominent British watercolor artists, including J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Girtin, David Cox, and others, for the purposes of artistic study of their compositions. This would appear to be an obscure variant of Hassel's Acqua Pictura, which included 19 plates in 4 states each, issued in monthly parts. The present work includes no text leaves. See Abbey Life 140; see also Tooley 248.
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