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Some Interesting Information About the Illustrators
THOMAS ALLOM (1804-1872) was a Topographical Illustrator and Architect. He was born in London, England and in 1819 he was apprenticed to the architect Francis Goodwin. Allom was a founder member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He produced designs for buildings in London and carried them out himself as well as working with the architect Sir Charles Barry on numerous projects. He produced many illustrations for publications of the topographical nature in the mid 1800s including: Devonshire and Cornwall Illustrated and The Fashionable guide and Directory to the Public Places of Resort Illustrated with Views. Allom died at the age of 68 in Barnes, London, England.
REAR-ADMIRAL WILLIAM ALLEN (1793-1864) was merely an amateur as an artist. He was highly decorated as an officer and took part in the Niger expeditions in 1832 and 1841-2. He was a lieutenant when he produced images for this publication and he ascended through the ranks until he became Rear-Admiral in 1862.
WILLIAM HENRY BARTLETT (1809 - 1854) was also a topographical illustrator who was articled to John Britton. He travelled extensively, visiting Syria, Egypt, Palestine and America. He died on this voyage around the world at sea at the tender age of 45 years.
WILLIAM LEIGHTON LEITCH (1804-1883) was born in Glasgow, Scotland in November 1804. He was primarily a landscape painter, his brother Richard Principal Leitch was an illustrator and drawing master as well. They both submitted work for the Illustrated London News Richard being sent to Italy in 1859 in order to cover the Franco-Italian War and their father was a manufacturer.
After attending the Highland Society School, William was articled to a lawyer. Later, with D. Macnee, he studied art. He became a sign painter and then in 1824 he was a scene painter at Glasgow's Theatre Royal. William moved to London in order to work at the Pavillion Theatre.
In 1833, he went to Italy, not to return until five years later. He spent his time travelling extensively, teaching and, all the while he was sketching. When he returned to England, William became a fashionable watercolourist and teacher in London and was also encouraged by Queen Victoria. He died in 1883 on April 25th aged 78.
SAMUEL PROUT (1783-1852) was a drawing master, topographical illustrator and watercolourist. He was born on 17th December in Norfolk, England and studied under the master of the Plymouth Grammar School, J. Bidlake. He was not always able to produce work to the high standards required by publishers such as John Britton. In 1796 Britton employed Prout to tour Cornwall in order to sketch views for his series of Beauties of England & Wales after having seen the sketches of Devonshire that Prout produced whilst touring with the historical painter, B. R. Haydon. These sketches of Cornwall were unsuccessful and it wasn't until 1802 that his work had improved to a satisfactory standard and he was re-employed by Britton.
Prout's work was considered to be exceptional, he depicted Gothic architecture with great precision. He was also able to show the mood of the buildings contrasted with highlights of figures which, for a generation, was widely copied. This was mainly due to Ruskin's report on him in Modern Painters, which described Prout as a substantial and sunny colourist.
Prout was ill continually, however, he finished work on Wiltshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire for John Britton. It wasn't until 1819, after he became a member of the Old Watecolour Society (OWS), that prout first travelled to the Continent visiting France. He then went on to travel widely in Europe visiting Bavaria, Italy, The Rhine and Belgium in 1824. His last tour was to Normandy in 1846 after which, he became extremely ill and was unable to work from that time until his death in February 1852.
THIS IS A
LIST OF THE MAPS AND PRINTS.
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MAP OF THE AREA COVERED IN THE PRINTS
MEDITERRANEAN GENERAL MAP: Uncoloured. From bay of biscay to Black Sea.
Sibhah or the Salt Plain.Tunis: TEMPLE.Camels.Figures.Palm trees. Interesting Rock
Neftah. The Ancient Negetta. Belik of Tunis: ALLOM.Figures dancing. Figures swimming. Wading etc. Palm trees. Valley. Buildings. Camels/Horses.
Ruins at Sbeitlah.(The Ancient Sufetula) Tunis: BENTLEY.Figures. Lion. Bridge. Birds. Buildings in distance. Trees.
Tunis from the Saneeah Eftoor: BENTLEY.Trees.Figures.Camel.Buildings. Flora/Fauna. Delightful view of city framed by trees etc.
Amphitheatre of El Jenn: TEMPLE.Mounted figures.Ruins.Trees. Town in distance.
Temple and Fountain at Zagwan: TEMPLE.Ruins.Mountains. Native beasts. Bird. Trees.
The Ruins of Carthage: SALMON.Figures.Sailing boats.Mountain. Mountains and hills in distance.
Town and Harbour of Bona: SALMON.Ship.Barrel.Yachts.Buildings.Hills.
of the Fig Tree:
ALLOM.Many figures.Buildings.Tree. Musicians.'On the leftex -
Bery of Titterie smoking his Chibouk.'
Interior of a Moorish House: ALLOM.Many figures.Chandelier. Child. Musical instruments. Musicians.
BENTLEY.Figures.Bridge.Boats. Buildings. Palm trees. Mountain.
FROM THE SEA: BENTLEY.Ships.Boats.Mountains.Sea gulls.Flag.
St.George's Hall: SALMON.Uniformed Soldiers.Cannons.Cannon balls. Constructed cave. Sea. Boats. Dog. Drum.
Good view of the Rock. BENTLEY.Figures.Pony.Mountains.Trees. Boats. Sails.
Title.Figures.Goats.Trees.Sea.+ Domed tower on pillars.
CORFU Strada Reale: PROUT.Busy street scene.Figures.Bell tower. Water fountain.Large clay pipes.
CORFU: ALLOM.Boats.Sails.Figures.Shoreline.Buildings.Sea gulls.Buoy.
IONIAN ISLES. Corfu and Manduchio from Mount Olivet: BENTLEY.Boats. Buildings.Figures.Sails.Mountains.trees.
ITHACA. Ruins of the Palace of Ulysses at Aito: BENTLEY.Mountains.Yachts. Birds.Trees. Rocks.
ITHACA. Town and Harbour of Bathi: BENTLEY.Boats.Flag.Many figures. Buildings. Mountains. Windmills. Sails.
Napoli Di Romania. The Ancient Nauplia: BARTLETT.Ships.Boats.Fishermen. Mountains. Flag. Buildings. Sea. Sea gulls.
The New Harbour at Rhodes: SALMON.Tower.Flag.Figures. Buildings. Boats. Ships. Sails.
CALABRIA Scene in Benevento: BENTLEY.Figures.Monument.Donkeys. Buildings.Mountains.River.Trees.
GENOA The Villa Doria: LEITCH.Fishermen.Boats.Buildings.Mountains.
GULF OF NAPLES The Castle and Rock of Ischia: LEITCH.Boats.Figures. The castle carved out of the rock. Birds. Beach. Sea.
Naples from the Villa Falconnet: BARTLETT.Valley.Mountains.Buildings.Sea. Flora/Fauna.Trees. Pillars.Vesuvius.
Pozzuolo and the Mole of Caligula: LEITCH.Buildings.Boats.Figures. Domes. Yachts. Mountains. Sea.
Rock and Promontory of Scylla. Calabria: Mounted figures.Figures.Crucifix. Mountains. Flora/Fauna. Buildings. Beach. Sailing boats.
The Castle of Cassano. Calabria: SALMON.Horses.Figures.Dog.Bridge. River. Mountains. Trees.
The Elysian Fields from Cape Miseno: LEITCH.Many figures.Yacht.Mountains. Bridge. Buildings. Trees.
Town and Harbour of Salerno: BARTLETT.Mountains.Boats.Horses.Figures. Flora/Fauna. Trees. Buildings. Beach.
LEITCH.Many figures. Busy Street Scene. Archways. Elaborate
Castro Giovanni. The Ancient Enna: LEITCH.Many figures.Mountains. Valley. Trees. Buildings.
Chapel of Santa Rosalia. Monte Pelegrino. Palermo: LEITCH.Trees.Figures. Mountains. Shrine.
Convent of San Martino near Palermo: LEITCH.Figures.Fountain.Trees. Mountains. Valley.
Duomo of Syracuse. Formerly a Temple of Minerva: LEITCH.Cattle.Figures. Cart. Elaborate architecture. Statue. Procession.
Grecian Temple at Segesta: LEITCH.Herdsman.Goats.Mountains. Flora/Fauna. Valley. Pillars.
Piazza Del Duomo.Messina.
Ruins of the Theatre at Taormina+MT.Aerna: LEITCH.Figures.Goats. Mountain. Shore-line. Flora/Fauna. Buildings in distance.
Shrine of St.Rosalina near Palermo: LEITCH.Cave.Elaborate Furniture. Figures praying.Child.
Splendid Marble Pulpit in Messina Cathedral: LEITCH.Monks.Child.Figures. Pillars.
Square of the Elephant. Catania.
The Cathedral at Messina: LEITCH.Many figures.Decorative interior. Pillars. Statues. Pulpit. Painting.
The City of Catania and Mount Aena: LEITCH.Boats.Horses.Many figures. Beach. Domes. Buildings. Mountain. Trees.
The Cloisters of San Domenico. Palermo: LEITCH.Pillars.Monks.Bell.
The Palazzo Reale. Palermo: LEITCH.Figures.Trees.Buildings.Valley. Flora/Fauna. Riverbed.
The Port of Messina.
The Porta Felice and Marina. Palermo: LEITCH.Figures.Boats. Architecture. Mountains. Fishermen working.
The Temples of Juno Lucinda + Concord at Girgenti: LEITCH.Goats.Trees. Ruins. Building.Figure.Sea in distance.
The Town and Convent of Piazza: LEITCH.Figures.Goats.Buildings. Mountains.
Vespers in the Capella Reale Palermo: LEITCH.Service.Many figures. Pillars. Statues. Decorative interior.
Baptismal Font Palermo Cathedral: LEITCH.Figures.Pillars.Statues. Service in progress.
The Cathedral (Madre Chiesa) at Palermo: LEITCH.Many figures. Market place. Elaborate architecture.
Vestibule of La Ziza. Moorish Villa. Palermo.
Villa of the Prince of Buttera. Bagaria: LEITCH.Mountains.Figures. Buildings.Boats.Pottery.Turret.
of Valetta: PROUT.Many
Saint Paul's Chapel. Valley of Mousta: IRTON.Mountains.Valley. Few reverent figures. Cave. River. Trees.
Strada St.Giovani. Valetta: PROUT.Many figures.Street scene. Procession.Crucifixes.Statues.Stairway.Buildings.Birds.
Strada St.Ursola. Valetta: PROUT.Busy street scene.Merchants. Children. Elaborate architecture. Stairway in distance.
Valetta from the Marsa Musceit: DIBDEN.Wrecked ship.Figures.Barrels. Ships. Buildings. Sea.
Valetta from the Quarantine Harbour: ALLEN.Ships.Yachts.Figures. Flags.Buildings.Windmills.
KAY. BEYLEK OF TUNIS El Kaf. The Ancient Sicca Veneria: ALLOM. Figures. Flags. Domed Roofs.
Buildings. Mountains. Archway.Rifles.
JERBEH (Jerba) Burj-Er-Roos or the Tower of Skulls: ALLOM.Boat.Figures. Palm trees. Walled City.
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