View of St. Helena, & James Town, from the Anchorage
Anonymous aquatint with original hand colouring.
Published by Colburn & Co., 1 January 1824, as a frontispiece to Volume 1 of Count Las Cases' Journal of the Private Life and Conversations of the Emperor Napoleon at St Helena.
Image size: 4 1/8" x 6 5/8" plus title and margins.
Generally good condition; the aquatint grain very fine and the colour subtle and exquisitely executed.
One of a delicious quartet of views depicting St Helena during the time of Napoleon's exile. Jamestown the capital of Saint Helena, in the South Atlantic Ocean was founded by English colonists in 1659. The town is built in a small enclave, sandwiched between steep cliffs of the James Valley. On his first sighting of the place Bonaparte is said to have referred to it as 'questa piedra maladetta' - this cursed rock - and remarked, 'Better we had stayed in Egypt'.
£240.00 set of four aquatints, unmounted, unframed