A View of Charlton near Woolwich in Kent
Copper engraving by Michael 'Angelo' Rooker, after a painting by Paul Sandby.
Published by C. Kearsly No. 46 Fleet Street Novr. 1 1775.
Image size: 5” x 7 1/8”, plus title and margins.
Generally excellent condition throughout, with a crisp plate mark visible.
A scarce, eighteenth century view of Charlton by Paul Sandby RA (1731-1809), its composition divided by the beautifully depicted group of trees in the centre. To the left, with Church in the distance, the hard toil of the waggon, drawn by four cart hourses kicking up the dust of the road, is pointedly set against the leisurely trot of the the elegant couple in their chaise, with the turret of Charlton House just visible above the trees.
Sandby exhibited and published widely during his lifetime and is best known for his landscape, watercolour and pen and ink sketches, In 1760 he also published ‘12 Street Cries of London, done from life’, a less saccharine precursor of Francis Wheatley’s more famous series of London Street sellers.