Amazing works of the great Illustrators of 18th, 19th and early 20th century have always been a great source of inspiration for a huge number of people all over the world, but most believe that the purchasing of original prints from these masters are just a distant dream.
Thomas Allom (c.1840, floruit1804-1872)
He was a London based topographical illustrator who travelled all around Europe studying buildings and monuments in order to document them as illustrations for travel guides. His drawings were published as steel engravings in books such as Robert Walsh's Constantinople and the Scenery of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor (1838) and Emily Reeve's Character and Costume in Turkey and Italy.
William Henry Bartlett (c.1839-1842, floruit1809-1845)
He found immense pleasure in drawing buildings, towns and scenery. His works can be described as finely detailed steel engravings. Bartlett illustrated a book known as American Scenery and it was published by George Virtue in London with 30 monthly instalments (1837-1839).
Thomas Dugdale (floruit1880-1952)
Apart from being a highly respected illustrator, he was a well-known painter as well. This London based artist became immensely popular for his topographical illustrations.
Henry Gastineau (floruit1791-1876)
He was a well-known topographer and a landscape artist. Many churches, castles and other buildings were of great fascination to him and a wide range of views in Wales was clearly reflected in a detailed manner within his works.
Francis Grose (floruit1731-1791)
Grose was really fond of ancient monuments and he travelled all around England to draw inspiration for his illustrations. His work known as The Antiquities of England and Wales (1772) was hugely popular. The main purpose of this book was to familiarize people with antiquities.
William Tombleson (floruit1795-1846)
The topographical works of Tombleson concerning the upper and middle River Rhine, Germany and that of the Thames in England became immensely popular. His creations appeared in publications such as: A series of views of the most interesting remains of ancient castles of England and Wales (1823) and Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen (1824).
Thomas Shepherd (floruit1792-1864)
Shepherd's topographical works were characterized by an attention to detail and he also derived immense pleasure in illustrating people, horses and carriages. Some of his works can be seen in publications like Metropolitan Improvements: London in the 19th century (1827) and London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century (1831).
William Finden (floruit1787-1852)
Findin was an English line engraver. His works were very popular due to his neat style and smooth finished which gave his work an attractive look to it. His popular works include: A fifteen part series titled Gallery of British Art (1838-1840) as well as a series of landscape and portraits on the life of Byron (1833).
Kate Greenaway (floruit1846-1901)
She was really popular as a children's book illustrator and the extraordinary charm of her illustrations had won great appreciation from a huge number of people. Her first published book Under the Window (1879) was a huge hit. She had illustrated for numerous publications and her work is quite extensive
Cicely Mary Barker (floruit1895-1973)
As an illustrator she rose to fame with her series of fantasy illustrations portraying flowers and fairies. Her many books include Flower Fairies of the Spring (1923) and Summer Songs with Music (1926).
Leslie Ward (Spy) (c1886-1903, floruit1851-1922)
Vanity Fair regularly published his works under pseudonyms like Spy and Drawl. His caricatures were immediate attention grabbers.
Carlo Pellegrini (floruit1839-1889)
Pellegrini had influenced the young generation to a great extent and a good number of his works were published in Vanity Fair (1869-1889). Pellergrini's caricature of Benjamin Disraeli was the first lithograph to appear in Vanity Fair. It really paved the way for coloured caricature in British Magazines.
Joseph Mallord William Turner (floruit1775-1851)
The whole world recognizes him as an artistic genius and experts describe him as a master in portraying the moods of the nature. His mature style can be seen in the work 'Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway' (1844) as well as in 'The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons' (1835).
William Westall (floruit1781-1850)
His affinity was primarily towards landscape and he was really fond of enjoying the luxury of artistic license at its best. He was devotee of the picturesque aesthetic ideal and some of his works were included in Foreign Scenery (1811) and Brittania Delineata (1822).
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