BELGIUM, THE RHINE, ITALY, GREECE, AND THE SHORES AND ISLANDS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, ILLUSTRATED IN A SERIES OF BEAUTIFULLY-EXECUTED ENGRAVINGS, FROM DRAWINGS ON THE SPOT, BY THOMAS ALLOM ... WITH HISTORICAL, CLASSICAL, AND PICTURESQUE DESCRIPTIONS

, Thomas Allom et. al. (illus.)

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BELGIUM, THE RHINE, ITALY, GREECE, AND THE SHORES AND ISLANDS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, ILLUSTRATED IN A SERIES OF BEAUTIFULLY-EXECUTED ENGRAVINGS, FROM DRAWINGS ON THE SPOT, BY THOMAS ALLOM ... WITH HISTORICAL, CLASSICAL, AND PICTURESQUE DESCRIPTIONS
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London: Peter Jackson, Late Fisher, Son, & Co, . First Edition Two quarto (8-3/4" x 11") volumes in original gilt-decorated red cloth. Illustratd with 2 engraved title pages and 152 fine steel-engraved plates by Thomas Allom, and other artists. This set is American artist Thomas Sully's copy with his lengthy identical SIGNED INSCRIPTION in each volume to his daughter Blanch in 1868 when she was caring for him in his last years of life. Spines a little worn and darkened, with chipping to the spine tips of the second volume. Short split to the bottom of the front cover of the first volume with the rear cover partly stained with staining to some of the plates, mostly marginal. Very Good overall with most of the plates clean (Item ID: 004717)

Thomas Sully became a professional painter at age 18 in 1801. He grew up in the South but moved to Philadelphia in 1806 where he remained until his death in 1872. Sully was one of this country's first portrait painters of note, and a few of his paintings, including that of Washington crossing the Delaware, are firmly established icons of American art. Among the famous Americans he painted were John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson. In 1837&1838 he was in London to paint Queen Victoria at the request of Philadelphia's St. George's Society. His daughter Blanch assisted him as the Queen's "stand-in," modeling the Queen's costume when she was not available.


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