James Pollard's series of coaching prints, published London: 1819-1823, includes four handsome plates of coaching scenes, including...
[Coaching Subjects]. London: R. Pollard (etc.), 1819-1923. Brown quarter morocco with blue morocco gilt cover label, gilt edges, brown buckram slipcase. 20 x 16 inches (50 x 37.5 cm); 6 hand-coloured aquatint plates by and after Pollard, sizes varying slightly, tipped into an album, interleaved. First plate with small repaired tear at upper margin, the second with some scattered stains.
James Pollard (son of the painter Robert Pollard) was a virtuosic painter of coaching scenes and of horses. The present work includes four handsome plates of coaching scenes, including the Brighton-London Comet while underway, and two plates showing the vicissitudes and pleasures of such travel. These two are Cottagers Hospitality to Travellers and Stage Coach Passengers at Breakfast, and bear the imprint of R. Pollard and Sons and the date 27 March 1819. Siltzer (p. 214) notes that they were reissued in 1820 and 1824. The balance include Patent Stage Coach with the Pollard imprint and date of 1 June, 1819; Stage Coach, dated 1 November 1822; Tandem; and Four in Hand. The last two are from a trio of plates engraved by J. Gleadah and published by J. Watson in 1823. All are rare.
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