after William Collins

Eton on the Thames, for ‘The Rivers of England’ engraved by T. Lupton


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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After William Collins 1788–1847
Mezzotint on paper
Image: 150 × 213 mm
Purchased 1987

Catalogue entry

T04867 Eton on the Thames, for ‘The Rivers of England’ (‘River Scenery’) engr. T. Lupton, pub.1823

Mezzotint 150 × 213 (5 7/8 × 8 3/8) on laid paper 343 × 506(13 1/4 × 19 7/8); plate-mark 195 × 251 (7 3/4 × 9 7/8)
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1986
Engraved inscriptions: ‘Drawn by W. Collins R.A.’ below image b.l., ‘Engraved on Steel by T. Lupton.’ below image b.r., ‘Eton on the Thames. | Rivers of England Published June 2.d 1823 by W.B. Cooke 9. Soho Square
Prov: ...; N.W. Lott and H.J. Gerrish Ltd, from whom bt by Tate Gallery

Published in 1823 as plate 3 of The Rivers of England. For the history of this series and a list of the engravers involved see After J.M.W. Turner, T04790-T04819.

The plate of ‘Eton on the Thames’ is said to have been subsequently cancelled owing to defects in the steel but the print is included, though unlisted, towards end of River Scenery, 1827 (see under introduction to T04790-T04819). The whereabouts of the original watercolour is unknown. Another view after Collins for this series, on the River Brent, was advertised in the second part of the series as in preparation but was never published. See also After Thomas Girtin, T04868-T04871.

Published in:
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996


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