A picturesque and descriptive view of the city of Dublin displayed in a series of the most interesting scenes taken in the year 1791 by James Malton with a brief authentic history from the earliest accounts to the present time
|Main Creator:||Malton, James, 1761-1803, engraver.|
This album contains 25 views of Dublin reproduced in etching and aquatint by James Malton from his own drawings. These engravings were issued in sets between 1792 and 1799, and afterwards in one volume with descriptive letterpress. James Malton seems to have written the text as well. The plates are coloured in some issues of this work; in other issues they are in different states and not in colour. All the plates are inscribed "James Malton del. et feceit." Album is bound with a leather spine and contains a brief authentic history from the earliest accounts to the present time, engraved titlepage and dedication, arms of Dublin and 25 plates of views, 2 maps, chart (Survey of Dublin Bay, 1795), and legend at the end.
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[between ca. 1803 and 1820].
Title inscribed on page 5 of album.
Text, with the seals of Dublin on either side, inscribed on page 7 of album: To the Right Honorable the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs, Common-Council, Freemen, and Citizens of the City of Dublin. This work intended to contain a concise yet complete description of the capital of Ireland ; Is humbly Dedicated and given to their Protector by their obedient Humble Servant James Malton. London June 1st, 1794.
James Malton in 1799 completed this famous series of drawings of the principal buildings in Dublin. Originals were on copper plates, now lost. According to Andrew Bonar-Law, the views were issued in parts, (6 in all as was the custom at the time). On the completion of the final plate in 1799 the parts were bound as a whole, and sold in various bindings.
Maurice Craig in his book "James Malton's Dublin views", (The Dolmen Press, Dublin, 1981, p. xi) states that "The best authorities seem to be agreed that the original issues of the plates were all uncoloured , and one goes so far as to say that its doubtful if copies were issued in colour until a period approaching 1820"".
According to Andrew Bonar-Law, all these early edtions of Malton's prints issued during Malton's lifetime, were in black/white. The coloured views probably did not appear until at the earliest 1812. This edition held by the National Library of Ireland is the 2nd edition, ca. 1812-1815. The watermarks on the text pages are 1802 and the plates seem to be 1809 as it should be.The watermarks on the text pages date 1802 up to page 12 and then from page 13 to the end of the introduction is 1811.
6 copies of this album exist in the National Library of Ireland. 2 copies, one with colour plates (3181 TX) and the other with black & white plates (3182 TX) are held in the Prints & Drawings Collection of the National Library. 4 copies (LOLB46, LOLB47, LOLB59, LOLB64) are held in the LO Collection of the National Library.
Original Malton water-colour drawings exist. Most are in the National Gallery of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Mount Stewart, County Down, and the Huntington Library, California.
Physical description: 1 album (153 pages, 30 illustrations) : aquatint & etching 42.4 x 57 cm..
Citations/References: James Malton's Dublin views / Maurice Craig. - Dolmen Press, Dublin, 1981 : p. ix-xiii.
Attributed to James Malton, (d. 1803).
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|PD 3181 TX||Prints & Drawings - Appt. only||Prints & Drawings|
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