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Picturesque Europe


(D. Appleton & Co., NY, circa 1875)


Birket Foster scenes, engraved by A. Willmore, J. Saddler, and John Godfrey


Original Steel Engravings over 150 years old


Sheet size: approx. 9.25 x 12.5 inches

birket foster

Myles Birket Foster

Source: wikipedia

 

 

Myles Birket Foster
(4 February 1825 – 27 March 1899)

Birket Foster was the most celebrated Victorian watercolour painter of rustic scenes. He painted in a stippled technique with great technical skill. His work is not Pre-Raphaelite, but he was a friend of Burne-Jones and Morris, who decorated his new house in Witley, Surrey, in the mid 1860s.

Foster was born in North Shields, came to London as a child and at the age of sixteen was apprenticed to Ebenezar Landells, a leading wood engraver. He worked first as an engraver for Landells, which gave him a habit of precision and a sound understanding of the medium's potential. Then he worked as a draughtsman under Henry Vizetelly, where he began to illustrate books. In 1846 he set up as an independent illustrator, because he was already becoming famous as a draughtsman of rural scenes. His most celebrated illustrated book, Pictures of English Landscapes (1863, 1881), with verses by Tom Taylor, he conceived as a showcase. It contains thirty full page wood engravings, cut by the Dalziel Brothers. But Foster was already gaining a far higher reputation as a watercolourist. He began to exhibit in 1859 and was elected Associate of the Old Watercolour Society in 1860 and full Member in 1862. In the course of his exhibiting career, he showed some four hundred works at the Old Watercolour Society's galleries and his watercolours were also extensively exhibited by London dealers, particularly Agnew's and Dowdeswell's. In fact his work was so popular with the public that dealers virtually fought to purchase it and used to race each other from Witley Station to his home when he had work to sell.

 

PLEASE NOTE: THE ENTIRE SHEET IS TOO LARGE TO SCAN, THUS THE FULL MARGINS ARE NOT SHOWN BUT ARE PRESENT. MARGINAL FOXING OR SOILING MAY BE PRESENT, PLEASE CONSULT ENLARGEMENTS.

The Thames from Richmond Hill
The Thames from Richmond Hill

Painted by Birket Foster,
Engraved by J. Saddler

$30

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

Painted by Birket Foster,
Engraved by A. Willmore

Moulin Huet Bay, Guernsey
Moulin Huet Bay, Guernsey

Painted by Birket Foster,
Engraved by A. Willmore

$25

The Bass Rock
The Bass Rock

Painted by Birket Foster,
Engraved by John Godfrey

$25

See also the Birket Foster engravings by the Dalziel Brothers here

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