SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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WALES, James.
Twelve Views of the Island of Bombay and its Vicinity; taken in the Years 1791-92.

London: R. Cribb, May 1800.
Not in Abbey Travel; Tooley 496; Bobins 1128.
London: R. Cribb, May 1800.

Folio, 12 hand coloured aquatint plates, ruled in black, captioned and preserved in a modern full red morocco folder with decorative gilt borders and spine, loose as was issued, trimmed. Bookplate of 'Norman R. Bobins' to front pastedown. Wales was a portrait painter and architectural draughtsman. He was essentially self-taught and painted landscapes in the manner of Poussin. His portraits were exhibited at R.A. between 1783-91, the final year being the year he travelled to India. Twenty four of Wales's drawings were engraved and appeared in Daniell's Oriental Scenery (see SPL website entry #1400). Wales was working on a series of sketches when he died. Coloured plates in order: 1-2. View(s) of Bombay Harbour. 3-4. View(s) from Malabar Hill. 5. View of the Breach Causeway. 6. View of the Breach from Love Grove. 7-9. View(s) from Belmont. 10. View from Sion Fort. 11. View from the Island of Elephanta. 12. View from Sion Fort.