BIRKET FOSTER
BIRKET FOSTER
BIRKET FOSTER
BIRKET FOSTER

BIRKET FOSTER

(London: Adam and Charles Black, 1906).

DE LUXE LIMITED EDITION OF THIS BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED ARTIST BIOGRAPHY. Foster was one of the most popular artists of the Victorian period, he excelled as an illustrator, painter and engraver. The trade edition did not include the original etching. The artist traveled widely and painted in Scotland, the Rhine Valley, Venice and other areas in Italy and Switzerland. He was best loved however for his sentimental views of English country life. His obituary in The Times referred to him as "certainly the most popular water-colour artist of our time".
This extensively illustrated work contains not only Cundall's finely crafted biography but also a list of the principal books containing illustrations by Foster, a list of water-colour paintings exhibited at the Royal Society of Painters, a list of oil paintings exhibited at the Royal Academy and an extensive index.
The trade issue does not include the etching printed from Foster's original plate. Item #27542

LIMITED DE LUXE FIRST EDITION, one of only 500 hand-numbered copies SIGNED by publishers A. & C. Black. With an original etching by Birket Foster produced from the original plate in the author's possession, 73 fine colourplates reproduced from Foster's paintings in various collections, 20 black and white plates from sketches, drawings and photographs and 58 illustrations throughout the text, most of which from pencil drawings in Foster's sketchbooks, the colourplates with captioned tissue guards. 4to, in the publisher's original ivory cloth decorated on the upper cover and spine with leaves and flowers in pink, green and gilt within a geometric framework in red, gilt lettering to both cover and spine, beveled edges, t.e.g. xx, 215 pp. A beautiful copy, the cloth with only the mildest age mellowing. The white cloth still beautifully preserved, internally very fresh and bright, a fine copy indeed with only the plates and text-block as pristine.

Price: $450.00