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Grindelwald Switzerland William Woollett Pars engraving

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Grindelwald, Switzerland


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Original antique topographical print


The Valley and Glaciers of Grindelwald in the Canton of Berne, in Switzerland'. Title in English and French. 'Printed by Gamble. Published June 1st 1774 as the Act Directs by Wm Pars, in Percy St, London.' William Pars (1742-1782) was elected to the Royal Academy in 1770., the same year he joined his patron Henry Temple, Lord Palmerston in a scientific exploration of the Swiss Alps guided by the Swiss naturalist Horace-Benedict de Saussure. The drawings from this tour were the first Alpine drawings shown in London (in 1771), combining realism with a lyrical feeling for the grandeur and scale of the mountain peaks. In 1783 John Boydell published a series of 'Six views made for Lord Palmerston in 1770' of Switzerland engraved by William Woollett after William Pars including this one. William Woollett (1735-85)was an important English 18th century line engraver.

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artist William Woollett after William Pars
method Copper line engraving
date 1774
size 380mm by 520mm (platemark)