With the book-plate of Francis Mewburn, bearing the family motto ‘Festina Lente’ (hasten with caution). Mewburn, a solicitor, was heavily involved in the birth of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. One of several works on Pompeii published in England during the 1u20’s. T. L Donaldson’s’ Pompeii ‘appeared in 1827 and W. Light’s ‘Views in Pompeii’ in 1828. There is no doubt the lure of classical antiquity was strong throughout the early decades of the nineteenth century with works by Eustace, Gell, Forsyth and Cockburn. The other principal works of John Goldicott (1793-1842) were his ‘Antiquities of Sicily’ (1819) and ‘Heriot’s Hospital, Edinburgh’ (1826); in addition he exhibited 35 architectural drawings at the Royal Academy between 1810 and 1842. The ODNB states that his ‘designs were characterized by an elegant neo-classicism, reflecting his personal study of ancient remains’. This particular work was produced with ‘a view to assist the Artist in the interior decoration of houses, as well as what regards figure as colour.’
Abbey Life 19, Blackmer 700.
Author GOLDICUTT, John.
Binding Original cloth-backed boards, printed paper label to front board.
Publisher London: published by Rodwell & Martin,
Illustrator Including hand-coloured title-page (one plate uncoloured, 2 part-coloured, the remainder hand-coloured).
Condition Boards stained and faded; light off-set to guards. Library evidence to title-page verso plus oval ink-stamps ‘York Public Library’ to 5 plate margins - well away from image and lettering.
Pages 26cm. 2pp, 20 plates.