“A SKILLED AND UNTIRING ARTIST AND CRAFTSMAN”: FIRST EDITION OF THE WATERCOLOR DRAWINGS OF THOMAS ROWLANDSON
(ROWLANDSON, Thomas). The Watercolor Drawings of Thomas Rowlandson. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1947. Slim quarto, original beige cloth. $100.
First edition of this survey of Rowlandson’s watercolors, with 20 color illustrations and 32 black-and-white illustrations. With commentary by Arthur W. Heintzelman, former Keeper of Prints at the Boston Public Library.
“The marvel of his art is that there is no inconsistency between the bawdiness or boisterousness of the subject-matter and the beauty of the technique” (The Oxford Dictionary of Art, 426). Without original dust jacket.
Minor rubbing to corners, minor staining to edges not affecting illustrations, light staining to corners and spine. A near-fine copy.