Views of Berlin & Frankfort
Robert Bowyer, c. 1815
Berlin

Berlin with details below

Berlin Berlin
Frankfurt View

Frankfort with details below

Frankfurt View Frankfurt View
Robert Bowyer (1758-1834) (publisher)
Berlin
Frankfort [Frankfurt]

from An Illustrated Record Of Important Events In The Annals Of Europe,
During The Years 1812, 1813, 1814, & 1815

R. Bowyer, London: c. 1815
Hand colored aquatints on Whatman watermarked paper
Berlin: 12 x 16.5 inches sheet; 9 x 12.5 inches image
Frankfort: 12.5 x 16.75 inches sheet; 9 x 12.5 inches image
$450 each

Views of the German cities of Berlin and Frankfurt (spelled here "Frankfort"). The Berlin skyline is viewed from the countryside during a rosy sunset, a group of people seated on the rolling hill in the foreground. In the view of Frankfort, the shipping port bustles with activity as men load or unload barrels from small boats, sailboats make their way down the river, and the city buildings and a bridge appear behind them in the middle distance.

These two prints are from a larger series, encompassing the important cities of Europe involved in world events at the end of the Napoleonic era, also including Paris, Moscow, Dresden and Liepzig.

Robert Bowyer was a bookseller, publisher, printseller and painter trading in London from 1783 to 1834. He first exhibited miniature paintings at the Royal Academy in 1783 and continued exhibiting there until 1828. He served as watercolor painter to the King George III of England and miniature painter to the Queen from 1785 to 1805. An esteemed portrait painter, his sitters included members of the aristocracy and royal family, as well as luminaries such as Horatio Nelson. Several engravings after his paintings are included in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London . Among his notable publications was Hume's History of England (1792-1806) with engravings after leading artists. He also published works commemorating British battles after artists such as Robert Smirke, which are also in the National Portrait Gallery.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Tone of paper of the two prints varies slightly, but they can be framed as a pair if desired.

References:

“Robert Bowyer.” National Portrait Gallery, UK. February 2004. http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?search=sa&sText=bowyer&LinkID=
mp08110&role=art (27 May 2004).

Maxted, Ian. "The London book trades 1775-1800: a preliminary checklist of members." Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History. U.K.: Devon Library and Information Services. 20 June 2001. http://www.devon.gov.uk/library/locstudy/bookhist/lonb.html (27 May 2004).

Redgrave, Samuel. A Dictionary of Artists of the English School: Painters, Sculptors, Architects, Engravers and Ornamentists. London: Longmans, Green, and Col., 1874. p. 49.