Jacob George Strutt (1790-1864), Sylva Britannica; or, Portraits of Forest Trees, Distinguished for their Antiquity, Magnitude, or Beauty.
Jacob George Strutt (1790-1864),
Sylva Britannica; or, Portraits of Forest Trees, Distinguished for their Antiquity, Magnitude, or Beauty.
London: J.G. Strutt, 1826
Folio (21 x 14 inches). 3-page list of Subscribers. Etched frontispiece, dedication and 48 etched plates on India paper and laid down on heavier stock. Contemporary half green morocco, marbled paper boards, gilt.
"Among all the varied productions with which Nature has adorned the surface of the earth, none awakens our sympathies, or interests our imagination, so powerfully as those venerable trees which seem to have stood the lapse of ages, silent witnesses of the successive generations of man, to whoes destiny they bear so touching a resemblance, alike in their budding, their prime, and their decay" (Introduction).
First edition, deluxe issue with etchings on India paper. With beautiful portraits of ancient and well-known trees in England and Scotland: The Swilcar Oak in Needwood Forest, The Beggar's Oak in Bagot's Park, The Great Oak at Fredville, The Panshanger Oak, The Chipstead Elm, The Titbury Wych Elm, The Cedar at Enfield, The Yew Tree, at Ankerwyke, The Salcy-Forest Oak, The Abbot's Oak at Fredville, The Chestnut Tree, called the Four Sisters, in Cobham Park, Kent, The Great Beech at Knole, Kent, The Lime Tree at Moor Park, The Elms at Mongewell, The Great Oak at Shelton, The Bounds-Park Oak, The Wotton Oak, The Yew Trees at Fountains' Abbey, The Great Ash in Woburn Park, The Abbot's Willow and The Black Poplar at Bury S. Edmund's, The Cowthorpe Oak at Wetherby, Queen Elizabeth's Oak at Huntingfield, Sir Philip Sydney's Oak at Penshurst, The King-Oak at Savernake Forest, The Tortworth Chesnut, The Lime and Sycamore in Cobham Park, Plane Tree at Lee Place, The Crawley Elm, Oaks at Burley in the New Forest, The Squitch-bank Oak in Bagot's Park, The Oaks at Castle Ashby, The Tall Oak at Fredville, The Great Chestnut at Burleigh, Wych Elm at Bagot's Hill, Ancient Elm at Checquers, The Maple at Boldre, The Great Yew at Fortingal, The Larches at Dunkeld, The Sycamore at Bishopton, Wych Elms at Polloc, The Wallace Oak at Ellerslie, The Silver Fir at Roseneath, The Scotch Fir at Dunmore, and The Great Ash at Carnock.
Strutt was a renowned landscape painter and etcher, he "...studied in London, and was a contributor to the Royal Academy, British Institution, and the Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street, between 1819 and 1858. For a few years he practised portrait painting, but from 1824 to 1831 he exhibited studies of forest scenery and was best-known for two sets of etchings published at this time-'Sylva Britannica', or, Portraits of Forest Trees Distinguished for their Antiquity in 1822 (reissued in 1838) and 'Deliciae sylvarum', or, Grand and Romantic Forest Scenery in England and Scotlandin 1828" (DNB). Nissen BBI 1907.
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