Rare, Large-Format Lithograph of Guadalajara by Egerton

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126. EGERTON, D[aniel] T[homas]. [Title at lower right] Guadala[jara]. [London, 1840]. Lithograph with original hand-coloring. Titled in stone. Image: 40.5 x 50.4 cm. Trimmed at margins (more so at left and right), with loss of about 5 cm on vertical sides, including part of title and artist’s name. Some light spotting, but generally the image is fine and fresh.

     First printing of one of the twelve prints from the first edition of one of the more beautiful and rare series of prints relating to Mexico (Views in Mexico, London, 1840). Egerton’s views are considered to be among the finest examples of hand-colored topographical lithographs ever produced.Abbey, Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 670. Palau 787583. Sabin 22044 (from Rich, who dated the album 1841). Tooley 205: “This work has greatly increased in value in the last few years and has become rare” [The last complete set of the portfolio at auction was in 1991; we sold a complete copy of the portfolio in 1990 @$50,000]. For more information on Egerton, see first Egerton entry herein and: El paisaje Mexicano en la pintura del siglo XIX y principios del XX (plates 7-22). Artes de Mexico 5:28 (August 1959).

     Egerton presents a sweeping landscape with high mountains in the background, the city in the middle distance, and groups of costume figures in the foreground amidst a rugged landscape along a deep ravine. In the foreground a man in charro garb with a lasso attempts to persuade a reluctant horse to leap across the ravine. Figures at left, including riders and a soldier, congregate beside a large stand of cactus. Two long roads leading into the city have many riders and walkers entering the town.


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