AUCTION 23

 

Original Preliminary Art Work for Phillips’ Mexico Illustrated

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485. [PHILLIPS, John & Alfred Rider]. Collection of six original preliminary art works for John Phillips’ published plate book on Mexico: Mexico Illustrated.... (London, 1848), see preceding two entries for full details.

[1] “12 Interior of Cathedral.” Black and terracotta ink, pencil, and sepia wash sketch on paper, illustrating interior of the Metropolitan Cathedral Mexico. 24.5 x 36.9 cm. Hinged to acid-free art board; at lower left corner of which is a contemporary slip of paper with “12 Interior of Cathedral” in pencil. Verso of sketch with later pencil note: “Cathedral of Mexico. Alfred Rider c. 1846.” Very fine. With the sketch is the published lithograph on maize ground (litho mounted, some spotting to and tears to blank margins). Letterpress text, The Cathedral of Mexico (a few short tears to blank edges). The composition of the published work is quite similar to this preliminary sketch except some human figures have been added and architectural details have been provided.

[2] “15 El Paseo.” Pencil and sepia wash sketch on paper, illustrating scene in Mexico City. 22.5 x 37.7 cm. Hinged to acid-free art board; at lower left corner of which is a contemporary slip of paper with “15 El Paseo” in pencil. Verso of sketch with later pencil note: “El Paseo. Alfred Rider c. 1846.” Very fine. With the sketch is the published lithograph on maize ground (a few small spots to image and a few short tears to blank margins). Letterpress text, The Paseo (marginal chipping and tears, not affecting text). As in the preceding sketch, this preliminary sketch lacks some details in the published lithograph. Many figures have been added or more clearly defined.

[3] “17 Man’s Hand Mountain.” Pencil and sepia sketch on paper, illustrating mountain scene and river. 24.5 x 37.5 cm. Hinged to acid-free art board; at lower left corner of which is a contemporary slip of paper with “17 Man’s Hand Mountain” in pencil. Verso of sketch with later pencil note: “Near Canales-Madre Monte, Alfred Rider c. 1846.” Very fine. With the sketch is the published lithograph on maize ground (a few light spots to image and several tears to blank margins). Letterpress text, Man’s Hand Mountain (marginal chipping not affecting text, sheet creased). Added are some riders and horses at the river, along with trees and agave.

[4] “16 Chapultepec.” Pencil and sepia sketch on paper, illustrating Chapultepec and environs with lively lancers kicking up dust in foreground. 26 x 40.8 cm. Hinged to acid-free art board; at lower left corner of which is a contemporary slip of paper with “16 Chapultepec” in pencil. Verso of sketch with later pencil note: “Chapultepec Alfred Rider c. 1846.” Very fine. With the sketch is the published lithograph on maize ground (chipping and tears to blank margin, some spotting which does not affect image). Letterpress text, Chapultepec (marginal chipping not affecting text). As usual, the published work has more detail, as would be expected.

[5] “22 Lagos...Approved JP [monogram].” Pencil and sepia wash sketch on paper, illustrating walled town with colonial architecture and sketchy figures in foreground. 24.3 x 38 cm. A bit of minor soiling at upper left and some spotting at upper right. Hinged to acid-free art board; at lower left corner of which is a contemporary slip of paper with “22 Lagos...Approved JP” in pencil. Presumably “JP” stands for John Phillips. The title label is dark and stained. Verso of sketch with later pencil note: “Lagos Alfred Rider, c. 1846.” With the sketch is the published lithograph on maize ground (two blank corners slightly chipped). Letterpress text, Lagos (marginal chipping not affecting text). The published work has more detail, such as a seated figure holding a cigarette, detailed architectural delineation etc.

[6] “25 The Sierra Madre” [supplied from contemporary pencil note on verso]. Sepia watercolor with white highlights, illustration troops with cannon heading up a mountain (Mexican-American War scene, September 1846). 24 x 37 cm. Very fine. Hinged to acid-free art board. Also on the verso is later pencil note: “Pass in the Sierra Madre–Near Monterey Alfred Rider c. 1846”. With the sketch is the published lithograph on maize ground, Pass in the Sierra Madre–Near Monterey (a few tears to blank margins not affecting image, corners lightly chipped but no losses). Letterpress text, The Sierra Madre (heavy marginal chipping not affecting text). As usual, the published work has more detail, but in at least one instance a man on horseback has been removed.

     Exceptional documentation of the evolution of the images in John Phillips and Alfred Rider’s handsome album.

($25,000-35,000)

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