SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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[WOLCOT, John].
Six Picturesque Views, from Paintings by Peter Pindar.

London: W.C. Spilsbury, 1797.
Not in Abbey or Tooley. Bobins 913.
London: W.C. Spilsbury, 1797.

Folio, six aquatint plates, modern quarter red-backed marbled boards with title in gilt to spine. Plates are water-stained and finger-soiled. John Wolcot (Peter Pindar) was a satirist and poet. Having rejected Holy Orders and a medical career, he decided to move to London with John Opie, an artist, and friend who was an immediate success. Wolcot’s success came with his Lyric Odes to the Royal Academicians by Peter Pindar Esq. (humour coarse and often profane). This was followed up with Farewell Odes (on the same subject) 1786. He then moved on to ridicule the private life of the king, later taking Sir Joseph Banks, the African traveler, as his butt, before returning to his attacks on the monarch. This present work fits in after his first decision to take rather more robust figures as subjects or butts for his works. Wolcot did show his good taste by highly appreciating the landscapes of Gainsborough and Richard Wilson, again a subject matter becoming the vogue at the end of the 18th century and early in the 19th century. Coloured plates in order: 1. View of an old Castle in Fowey Harbour in Cornwall. 2. A view near Falmouth in Cornwall. 3. A view near Bristol. 4. A view near Penzance. 5. A view near Plymouth. 6. A view near Fowey in Cornwall.