21 September 2000
AFTER HENRY SALT
Calcutta (Abbey 515, no. 4)
hand-coloured aquatint engraved by D. Havell after Salt's drawing, from Twenty-four Views in St Helena, The Cape, The Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt [watermarked 'J.Whatman 181'], framed and glazed (occasional light marks affecting sky and margins)
One of a series of fine plates produced from drawings by Salt, made when he accompanied George Annesley, Viscount Valentia (later Mountnorris) as his secretary and draughtsman on an eastern tour which included the first British mission to Abyssinia. Salt's original drawings remained in Valentia's possession, and after Salt's death the plates too became his property.
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