Thomas Baines Eastern Cape Sketches 1848 to 1852.
Seller ID: 1474
Houghton: Brenthurst, 1990. Inscribed by Carruthers. Limited edition, one of 850 copies bound in cloth of an edition of 1000 (pp. 209, bibliography, index). Small folio (30 cm), illustrated with 162 plates showing Baines' paintings and sketches from the period held in the Brenthurst Collection and a map of the Eastern Cape, c. 1850. Most of the work shown here appears for the first time in print. In pictorial dust jacket, blue publisher's cloth, gilt titles to spine. The dust jacket is somewhat fragile, damaged along the top front edge, with some small loss, wrinkles, and tears (which have been repaired where possible). Now in protective Brodart wrapper. Baines was a travelling artist who financed his African wanderings by selling his sketches, oils, and watercolours of which he produced perhaps 4000. His favourite subject is Table Mountain which he painted again and again, in various seasons and different lights. Baines was one of the Victorian adventurers, as the editor points out, not 'unduly influenced by loyalty' to a particular place but a 'man of the Empire' at home everywhere under the British flag. A splendidly produced and presented account of Baines' African sojourn. The book is clean, bright, and solid. Scarce.
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