Auction 127, Lot 407

"The Bridge over the River Gallions, from the Foot of Fort Matilda, Guadeloupe", Willyams, Rev. Cooper

Subject: Guadeloupe

Period: 1796 (dated)

Publication: An Account of the Campaign in the West Indies…

Color: Hand Color

17 x 11 inches
43.2 x 27.9 cm

This fine view of the lush countryside shows the bridge and river with natives and military figures in the foreground. The Reverend Willyams was a topographer and artist, as well as minister and chaplain. He was chaplain on the Boyne in 1793, during England's war with France and participated in the West Indies' action during that war when the British successfully occupied and defended Fort Matilda. In 1796, Willyams returned to London and published An Account of the Campaign in the West Indies... which included six drawings by Willyams, all rendered in the difficult aquatint technique by Samuel Alken.


Condition: A

Fine original color with minor soil and edge tears in wide original margins, well away from the view.

Estimate: $375 - $450


Closed on 2/25/2009