Joseph Wolf was one of the most accomplished natural history artists working in London during the mid-19th century. Wolf’s Zoological Sketches were commissioned by the Zoological Society of London and published in parts from 1856-67 to provide a record of the rare species living in the society’s Vivarium.
Wolf was particularly noted for his explorations of animals and birds in relation to environment and his treatment of his subject as distinct and individual rather than an exemplar of species or extension of human sentiment. He set his subjects within a natural habitat albeit romanticised for dramatic effect. These original colour lithographs are an enduring testament to a passionate and lyrical talent heralded by critics and colleagues alike as the ‘greatest living animal painter’.
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Lieutenant Colonel Sir Frederick Trench
Thames Views, 1825
Commissioned by Lt Col Trench to illustrate his proposals for the re-designing of the Embankment, these superbly detailed and annotated views were executed by the watercolourist Thomas Mann Baynes with the printing entrusted to the celebrated master of early lithography, Charles Hullmandel. Hullmandel’s skillful handling of the medium was much appreciated by contemporaries and was of great importance in popularising lithography as a printing method; he was instrumental in introducing lithography into England and to this day his work ranks with the finest of any period.
Although Trench submitted his plans to Parliament in 1825, it was not for another forty years that his proposals were executed. The Embankment as it is today still corresponds closely to Trench’s designs.
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Waterloo Bridge: Thames view from St.Martin’s to Waterloo Bridge
London Bridge: Thames view from old Swan Stairs to London Bridge.
Waterloo Bridge: Thames view from St.Martin’s to Waterloo Bridge with the additions to the Adelphi never realised when Trench’s proposed changes executed.
Queenhithe: Thames view from St Mary’s Somerset to St Michael’s College Hill.
Southwark Bridge: Thames view from Mansion House to St Michael Cornhill.
Blackfriars: Thames view from Temple Gardens to Blackfriars Bridge
Westminster: Thames view from Westminster Bridge towards London Bridge.
Whitehall: Thames view from Montague House (British Museum) to Middle Scotland Yard.
St Clements: Thames View from Somerset House to Temple.
St.Paul’s: Thames view from St.Martin’s Ludgate Street to St. Paul’s Cathedral.