View of the Old Abbey at Reading.
P. Sandby R.A. Pinx.t. F. Chesham sculp.t. Published as the Act directs by G. Kearsly, No. 46 Fleet Street, April 1779.
Engraving 165 x 205mm Slight discolouration of paper just outside printed surface and repair to part of right hand margin, otherwise excellent.
Copper plate engraving by F. Chesham after Paul Sandby, published in The Virtuosi's Museum.
A publication by which Paul Sandby's landscapes were rendered popular was The Copper Plate Magazine issued at a shilling a plate. It appeared monthly in oblong quarto, from October 1, 1774 to January, 1781, extending to some 150 plates. 108 of these were collected into a volume in 1778 and published by G. Kearsly as the Virtuosi's Museum, containing Select Views in England, Scotland, and Ireland, drawn by P. Sandby, R.A.; the whole series was republished as A Collection of 150 Select Views in England, Scotland, and Ireland, drawn by P. Sandby, Esq., R.A., first issued by Kearsly, and afterwards by Boydell, in 1781.
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