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North View of the Pisaiack Falls in the Province of New Jersey in North America. : The Height of the Fall 67 Feet. Drawn on the spot by Thom. Davies Capt. Lieut. of the Royal Regt. of Artillery.

  • ARTIST: Thomas Davies

  • PUBLISHER: Sold by Rt. Wilkinson No. 125 Fenchurch Street.

  • MEDIUM: Engraving,

    DATE: c.1760.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 13 1/2 x 19 3/4" (34.2 x 50 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Thomas Davies, F.R.S. F.L.S., (c.1737-1812) British officer in the Royal Regiment of Artillery. In 1755. While at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he received training in topographic drawing. Soon after he served four tours in the Americas during the French and Indian War. <BR><BR> At the conclusion of the French and Indian War, he spent many years documenting, through maps and watercolors, the regions surrounding Lake Ontario. An unsophisticated and unschooled approach to "drawing on the spot,",as well as the precisionist hand of a true naturalist, allowed Davies his unique expression. Upon his return to England he published a series of six folio sized engravings. This portfolio is extremely rare and was likely privately published. <BR><BR> Gloria Deak writes in "Picturing America," "Davies produced a sizable number of North American views during his extensive posting abroad as an officer in His Majesty's forces." (p. 105)

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Framed in 1 1/4" black receding molding with gilt inset, archival mat, and back. Finished using truview museum glass.

  • CONDITION: Generally good condition. Upper and lower right and lower left corners added with a small area of image loss in the lower right. Professionally conserved.