This is a fine coloured engraving that shows some fireworks display and a hot - air balloon rising into the air ( Green park, London, August 1st, 1814 ).
||John Heaviside Clark and Matthew Dubourg
||31 x 21,08 cm ( most probably larger than that )
Art object ( aviation )
Coloured engraving by Matthew Dubourg after an original work by John H. Clark showing the fortress in Green Park ( London, England ) which was transformed from the Temple of Discorde into the Temple of Concorde, in honour of the Grand Jubilee celebrations on August 1st, 1814. The Prince Regent ( and future King George IV ) declared a Grand Jubilee in celebration of the recent victory over Napoleon and a centenary of Hanoverian rule. Sir William Congreve ( 1772 - 1828 ) devised a mechanism to enable the metamorphosis, which was revealed momentarily amid a cloud of fireworks. Whilst the fireworks display continued, English aeronaut Windham Sadler ascended in his balloon and dropped favors and programmes to the crowd below.
( source : SCIENCE & SOCIETY - PICTURE LIBRARY PRINTS )
Feature( s ) : Presented under glass. Frame size ( 48 x 38 x 2,2 cm ). Dark beige mount ( outer edge : 43,6 x 33,7 cm - inner edge : 31 x 21,08 cm ). Advertising label on the back ( From John Gardner - PRINT SELLER - 34 Buckingham Gate - London S.W.1 - OLD PRINTS PURCHASED - Frames of All Descriptions ).
John Heaviside Clark ( circa 1771 - 1836 ) was a Scottish aquatint engraver and painter of seascapes and landscapes. He was also known as ’ Waterloo Clark ’, because of the sketches he made on the field directly after the Battle of Waterloo. John H. Clark exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy between 1801 and 1832. He was the author of A practical essay on the art of Colouring and Painting Landscapes, with illustrations, published in 1807, and A practical Illustration of Gilpin's Day, with thirty colour plates, based on monochrome studies representing different times of day by William Gilpin, in 1824. He died in Edinburgh ( Scotland ) in 1836.
Matthew Dubourg. Engraver and aquatinter, he used to work in London ( 1808 - 1838 ). He had often collaborated with John Heaviside Clark, signing as ’ Clark & Dubourg ’.
( sources : natlib.govt.nz, British Library, www.ngv.vic.gov.au, www.britishmuseum.org, Wikipedia )
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