31.5 cm x 21 cm chromolithograph, 40 cm x 30 cm sheet size, A. We are pleased to offer this scarce original fine art folio chromolithograph from the 1888 First Edition of Musical Instruments - Historic, Rare and Unique depicting a beautifully crafted antique (probably French, and without sympathetic strings) Viola d'Amore. Hipkins describes the instrument as beautifully carved and inlaid... A perfect viola d'amore in form, surmounted by a lovely head with bandaged eyes...
With the'flaming sword' sound-holes inevitably found in a viola d'amore, and also the addition, not unfrequent in that viol, of a rose immediately under the fingerboard. The masterful chromolithographic work was performed by the Edinburgh firm McLagan and Cumming.Under the direction of David Cumming, whose comprehensive 1904 Handbook of Lithography is still considered an important reference today. The precision with which the different colours from different stones is kept in register is notable, with the image as a whole having a soft "texture" somewhat akin to a subtle spirit-grain aquatint. The images were compiled and a few were actually drawn by the Edinburgh illustrator William Gibb who is also known for his studies of ancient Scottish weapons, historical buildings of Dundee and porcelain of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The text for the work, widely regarded as one of the most influential publication of illustrated musical instruments of all time was compiled by the musicologist Alfred James Hipkins. However, the ultimate credit for most of these superb illustrations and the very conception of the work as a whole should properly be assigned to Robert Glen.
" What followed was, as Arnold Myers wrote in Volume 41 of The Galpin Society Journal, "a tale of intrigue, literary hijacking and artistic skullduggery. Glen had shown his drawings to Hipkins as early as 1879 and Hipkins praised their skillful execution and accuracy and offered to write a preface and revise Glen's text descriptions for his publication. Encouraged, Glen engaged the services of Gibb to coordinate the execution of chromolithographic plates from Glen's original watercolours (43 were complete at the time) but somehow Gibb persuaded him to sell the unfinished work to the publishers A.
By coincidence, an exhibition of nearly all of the instruments depicted in Glen's original paintings was held in 1885 at the Royal Albert Hall and it was assumed that Gibb created the illustrations as well as the chromolithographs as a record of that extraordinary exhibition. Gibb did nothing to discourage this misconception, and essentially "hijacked" Glen's artistic work as his own while Hipkins did more or less the same with regard to the conception of the work as a whole. Indeed, the frontispiece describes "Fifty Plates in Colours Drawn By William Gibb" and Hipkins in his introduction states that the pictorial representation of the subjects was undertaken by Mr. Regardless , this of course does not detract from the quality and importance of the work and its plates which are rightly considered the finest lithographic illustrations of musical instruments ever published.
Only 1040 impressions and 50 artist proofs were ever issued of these extraordinary plates, with this example preserved in pristine condition that will make a superb presentation if matted and framed. Excerpts from Hipkins commentary on the instrument.
"Berlioz, in his Treatise on Instrumentation, writes of the Love Viol with sympathetic strings, "The quality of the Viole d'Amour is faint and sweet ; there is something seraphic in its partaking at once of the viola and the harmonics of the violin. It is peculiarly suitable to the legato style, to dreamy melodies, and to the expression of aesthetic or religious feeling. It will, I think, be conceded that when an instrument which has gone out of fashion possesses some special quality, such as is found in this fascinating viol, there is sufficient justification for bringing it back into use...
Digital photos do not do justice to the actual appearance of the "wood" on the instruments which is simply unsurpassed in the medium. Condition - Please note carefully: Print is in superb, pristine condition as can be ascertained from photos, rich colour with attractive lustre, no text on verso, full margins. Welcome and we encourage you to visit our other listings. Such charges are typically collected by the courier, e. Personal cheques will not be accepted.
In response to frequent inquiries, please be advised that the terms. An image printed on a sheet of paper, and that all such items are unconditionally guaranteed to be original and authentic - we never offer reproductions. We conduct our business in accordance with the Code of Ethics. Some to beautify their halls, parlours and chambers... Maps begin as dreams, pass through a finite life in the world, and resume as dreams again...
Maps and Atlases Globes and Planetaria Historic Town Views and Plans Engravings, Woodcuts and Lithographs Books and Ephemera Scientific Instruments Curiosities and Oddities. The item "1888 Fine Art Chromolithograph ANTIQUE VIOLA D'AMORE Blilndfolded Carved Head" is in sale since Thursday, January 12, 2017. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints".
The seller is "regiomontanus" and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Thailand, Ukraine, Bahamas, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.