original hand-coloured aquatint, the underlying image printed in blue and black Ã la poupÃ©e, on wove paper with good margins,
Stadler (Joseph Constantine) after John Gendall.
North East View of Westminster Abbey,
London, Rudolph Ackermann, 1817.
a finely executed and, therefore, superbly detailed perspective view of this outstanding work of medieval architecture in the heart of London, the 13th century Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, more commonly known as Westminster Abbey. It has been the site of coronations since that of William the Conqueror in 1066, and is the burial site of over three thousand notable figures from British history. This large format plate is one of Ackermann’s series of eighteen ‘Views of London’ issued between 1811 and 1822, an example of the highwater mark of English aquatint printing, with all its richness of tone and depth of shading, before the technique became widely supplanted by lithography,.