Pen and ink, watercolor, and wash drawings mounted; one signed by Corbould, 3 signed by Uwins. Double-matted and handsomely bound on hinges in full brown morocco. A few drawings show minor foxing, but overall beautifully preserved. Item #257631
The English illustrator HENRY CORBOULD (1787–1844), studied at the Royal Academy (with among others, Fuseli) and he quickly developed a taste for neo-classical historical painting. He soon concentrated “his efforts … on perfecting a delicate, rather feminine, neo-classical style which suited the purposes of refined Regency book illustration. During the remainder of his career he was ‘extensively employed by publishers to make drawings for engravings, and the number of his designs, which adorn many books amount to several hundreds’ (J. Britton, The autobiography of …, 2.172). This is also reflected in those works he continued to send to the Royal Academy exhibition, which were predominantly compositions of a sentimental and literary genre, commissioned to illustrate the novels of Walter Scott or the poetry of Byron and Crabbe. As was the case with J. F. Dove's edition of Fanny Burney's Cecilia, or, Memoirs of an Heiress (1825), many of Corbould's illustrations were turned into steel-engravings by his cousin Charles Heath; in other instances they were reproduced in fashionable media such as lithography and stipple engraving …” (ODNB).
The 20 small Corbould drawings in this album (one of which is signed), are typical of his book work: his portrait of William Shenstone, possibly for Samuel Johnson’s LIVES OF THE POETS; the design for the engraved title-page of “THE GRACES, OR LITERARY SOUVENIR …London | Printed for Hurst and Robinson, 1824”; an illustration for Hugh Kelly’s, MEMOIRS OF A MAGDALEN (“Sir Robt Harold coldly endeavouring to console Miss Mildmay | Vol. 1, p. 48”); and numerous illustrations for various adventures and romances, as yet to be identified.
Corbould’s contemporary, THOMAS UWINS (1782–1857), also was able to enter the Royal Academy Schools, where he exhibited miniature portraits, and contributed illustrations to Rudolf Ackermann’s Westminster Abbey (1812), Oxford University (1814), Cambridge University (1815), and Public Schools (1816). Eventually, Uwins evolved to larger forms and while living for several years in Rome, Venice, and Naples, began to paint in larger forms in oil. His illustration work includes Shakespeare, Virgil, Horace, King Arthur and the Round Table, Robinson Crusoe, etc. The 14 exquisite drawings displayed here amply display his skill and mastery of the small, watercolor illustration.
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