7 - 8 April 2004
WOOLFORD, John Elliott (1778-1866). First Series of a Selection of Views illustrating Nova Scotia Scenery. [Halifax, Nova Scotia: 1819].
1st series (all published), oblong 2° (342 x 465mm). Engraved thoroughout, dedication 'To his Excellency Lieutenant General George Earl of Dalhousie...' with integral title, 4 hand-coloured etched and aquatint plates (2 printed in bistre, 2 printed in bistre and green), all by and after Woolford, each plate with hand-tinted border surround.(Small repaired tear to upper blank margin of title.) Modern brown/orange morocco covers with gilt cornerpieces, upper cover with onlaid blue morocco lettering-piece bordered and lettered in gilt. Provenance: Earl of Dalhousie (note).
VERY RARE COMPLETE SET OF SOME OF THE EARLIEST ETCHED VIEWS TO BE PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED IN NOVA SCOTIA. Trained as a military draughtsman, Woolford went on to leave his mark in Canada as an architect - the Old Government House in Fredericton, New Brunswick was designed by him and was declared a National Historic Site in 1958. The plates in the present work are titled as follows: 1. 'Architectural Elevation of the Province Building'; 2. 'Perspective View of the Province Building from the N.E.'; 3. 'Government House from the N.E.'; 4. 'Government House from the S.W.'. Cf. Harper Early Painters and Engravers in Canada (Toronto: 1970) p.339.
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