Henry Shields. Plate XXVIII. “Ariel” & “Coila.” Famous Clyde Yachts, 1880-87.
Glasgow & London: Oatts & Runciman, 1888. Approx. 8 x 11. Chromolithograph. Margins trimmed to image and mounted on title page as originally issued. Very good condition.
The end of the nineteenth century was a period when the growing moneyed classes were becoming very interested in sporting activities, such as fishing, shooting, riding, and yachting. This was also a period when chromolithography was being used to produce prints that captured the feel, texture and nuances of watercolors. These two developments led to the production of a number of superior portfolios of chromolithographic prints after watercolor drawings of sporting events. This is a rare and impressive series of such prints based on watercolors by Henry Shields, showing yachts on the Clyde. The quality of the printmaking is excellent, and the images well convey the drama and excitement of yachting.
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