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. All the plates are inscribed "James Malton del. et feceit.". Album is bound in red leather by "Museum Book Bindings, Dublin" and contains a brief authentic history from the earliest accounts to the present time, engraved title page and dedication, arms of Dublin, 25 plates of views, 2 maps, chart (Survey of Dublin Bay, 1795), and legend at the end.
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[between ca. 1799 and 1820].
For more details of the illustrations of Dublin by Malton see 3181 TX.
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 black & white.
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.
Letter or advertisment pasted on first page of album addressed "To the Encouragers of this Work". It states that this album is "the Sixth, and last, Number of his View of Dublin". It also advertises where one can obtain sets of first impressions of the engravings or the album itself. List of plates printed on verso.
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 3182 TX||
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