Castle Theban. Chateau de Theben


W.H Bartlett (1826 - 1854)



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Castle Theban. Chateau de Theben




W.H Bartlett (1826 - 1854)


In good condition.


Steel engraving.

Image Size: 

x 130mm
Castle Theban. Chateau de Theben - Antique Print from 1845

Genuine antique




William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854)

Bartlett was born in Kentish Town, London in 1809. He was apprenticed
to John Britton (1771–1857), and became one of the foremost
illustrators of topography of his generation. He travelled throughout
Britain, and in the mid and late 1840s he travelled extensively in the
Balkans and the Middle East. He made four visits to North America
between 1836 and 1852.

In 1835, Bartlett first visited the United
States to draw the buildings, towns and scenery of the northeastern
states. The finely detailed steel engravings Bartlett produced were
published uncolored with a text by Nathaniel Parker Willis as American
Scenery; or Land, Lake, and River: Illustrations of Transatlantic
Nature. American Scenery was published by George Virtue in London in 30
monthly installments from 1837 to 1839. Bound editions of the work were
published from 1840 onward.[1] In 1838 Bartlett was in the Canadas
producing sketches for Willis’ Canadian scenery illustrated, published
in 1842.

Bartlett made sepia wash drawings the exact size to be
engraved. His engraved views were widely copied by artists, but no
signed oil painting by his hand is known. Engravings based on Bartlett’s
views were later used in his posthumous History of the United States of
North America, continued by Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward and published
around 1856.

William Henry Bartlett died of fever on board of a
French ship off the coast of Malta returning from his last trip to the
Near East, in 1854.

Bartletts primary concern was to render
“lively impressions of actual sights”, as he wrote in the preface to The
Nile Boat (London, 1849). Many views contain some ruin or element of
the past including many scenes of churches, abbeys, cathedrals and
castles, and Nathaniel Parker Willis described Bartlett’s talent thus:
“Bartlett could select his point of view so as to bring prominently into
his sketch the castle or the cathedral, which history or antiquity had

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