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William Westall

Typical Westall view Bradford Upon Avon

William Westall was born in Hertford, England, in 1781 and was taught to draw by his elder brother, a professional artist. In 1801 he was studying at the Royal Academy School when he was appointed landscape artist to Matthew Flinders' expedition to Australia in the Investigator. During the voyage he made numerous pencil and wash drawings of places visited by the Investigator, including some of the earliest European copies of Aboriginal cave paintings. However, while he was returning to England in the Porpoise in 1803, many of his works were damaged when the ship was wrecked off the coast of Queensland.He finally reached England in 1805 and three years later exhibited a series of watercolour views based on his Australian drawings. This was followed by a commission from the Admiralty to provide nine illustrations for Flinders' book, Voyage to Terra Australis. A volume of these engravings was also separately issued. In 1812 he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy and regularly exhibited his work there until his death in 1850. His son gave the original drawings from the Investigator voyage to the Royal Commonwealth Society, London and they are now held in the National Library of Australia.

 William Westall's work can also be found in the following publications: Views of the scenery of Madeira, at the Cape, in China and India - 1811; Views of Australian Scenery - 1814; Views of the Yorkshire Caves - 1818; Victories of the Duke of Wellington - 1819; Britannia Delineata - 1822; Scenery, Costumes and Architecture of India - Grindlay, 1826-30; Picturesque Tour of the Thames - 1828; Ackerman's History of Rugby School - 1816; Ackerman's Repository - 1825; Illustrations of Warwickshire - 1829 and Landscape Album - 1832. 


"A Picturesque Tour of the River Thames from Oxford to its Mouth. Illustrated by Twenty-Four Highly Finished and Coloured Views, a Map and Vignettes..... From Original Drawings made on the spot, by William Westall, A.R.A. (and Samuel Owen), with illustrations, Historical and Descriptive." London: Published by R.Ackermann, 96 Strand...1828. Originally published in six parts, the first in May 1828. Each part contained four plates and text and cost 14 shillings. This series of prints is Series 157 as catalogued in London Illustrated 1604-1851 by Bernard Adams.

 . Map of the River Thames

1. Source of the Thames (Vignette from the title page)

2. Oxford

3. Park Place, Henley-on-Thames

4. Cullum Court, Henley-on-Thames

5. Maidenhead Bridge

6. Windsor Castle, from Eton

7. Eton College, from the River

8. Beaumont Lodge, Old Windsor

9. Staines Bridge

10. Hampton House

11. Pope's Villa, Twickenham

12. Twickenham

13. View from Richmond Hill

14. Richmond

15. St Margaret's, Twickenham

16. Sion House

17. Hammersmith Suspension Bridge

18. Westminster Bridge

19. Waterloo Bridge

20. Southwark Bridge

21. The Custom House

22. Greenwich Hospital

23. Gravesend

24. Tilbury Fort

25. Sheerness

26. The Crow Stone (Vignette in text )

Westall's illustrations have appeared in the following works:(Author first)

Westall, William (1811), Foreign scenery

Flinders, Matthew (1814), A voyage to Terra Australis.

Westall, William (1814), Views of Australian scenery

Ackermann, Rudolf (1816), History of Rugby School

Westall, William (1818), Views of the caves near Ingleton, Gordale Scar, and Malham Cove, in Yorkshire

Westall, William et al. (1822), Britannia Delineata

Ackermann, Rudolf (1825), Ackerman's Repository

Grindlay, Robert (1826–1830), Scenery, Costumes and Architecture of India (3 volumes)

 Murray, John Fisher (1828), A picturesque tour of the river Thames in its western course

 Jaffray, James (1829), Graphic Illustrations of Warwickshire

 Westall, William (1830), The landscape album, or, Great Britain illustrated.



The dates on the publication lines of the plates are from (1st Otober) 1828 to 1830. (120 images including title plate and vignette)

A series of 108 steel engravings from drawings by William Westall. The engravings are mostly by Edward Finden. The series and volume were published by Charles Tilt, 86 Fleet Street, London and printed by Ibotson and Palmer, Savoy Street, Strand, London. The text was written by Thomas Moule. In his preface the publisher reports the total cost to be in excess of six thousand pounds, and that at the price offered three sets of copper plates would have been required to recoup the cost. The use of steel plates enabled the series to be offered at a price which a few years earlier would have been six or eight times as great for a similar production.

The plates are not numbered, but are printed two to a page with a following two sided numbered page of text, one side for each of the preceding prints. The first four plates have an individual publication line and date, thereafter there is a single publication line at the bottom of the page. The first proof copies like Neale are printed to fine India paper laid to rag paper later editions are often on cheaper paper.  

Vignette in Title Plate. London from Greenwich.

Plate 1. City of Lincoln, South East View.

Plate 2. Goree Buildings. Liverpool

Plate 3. Commercial Room, Manchester.

Plate 4. Eaton Hall, Cheshire.

Plate 5. Entrance to Carlisle from the South.

Plate 6. Winchester

Plate 7. Oxford from the Meadows

Plate 8. Durham.

Plate 9. Bambro'. Castle.

Plate 10. Town Hall, Liverpool.

Plate 11. Howden, Yorkshire.

Plate 12. Kendal, Westmorland.

Plate 13. Brunswick Terrace, Brighton.

Plate 14. Manchester.

Plate 15. Aston Hall, Warwickshire.

Plate 16. Lancaster Sessions House.

Plate 17. Whitby, Yorkshire.

Plate 18. Guild-Hall, Newcastle on Tyne.

Plate 19. Dent, Yorkshire.

Plate 20. Blackfriars Bridge, Manchester.

Plate 21. Greta Hall and Keswick Bridge.

Plate 22. Dover, Kent.

Plate 23. Salford, from the Crescent.

Plate 24. Hastings, from the White Rocks

Plate 25. Nottingham Castle.

Plate 26. Salisbury Crags near Edinburgh.

Plate 27. Preston, Lancashire.

Plate 28. Rochester Castle from the Bridge.

Plate 29. Abbotsford. Sir Walter Scott.

Plate 30. Glenmire Bridge. near Cork.

Plate 31. New Bridge Scarborough.

Plate 32. Carlisle Castle.

Plate 33. St George's Church, Liverpool.

Plate 34. Oystermouth Castle & Harbour.

Plate 35. Newcastle.

Plate 36. Hastings.

Plate 37. View from Maidstone Bridge.

Plate 38. Canterbury. from St. Stephen's Road.

Plate 39. Scarborough. Castle and Bay.

Plate 40. Castle and City of Limerick.

Plate 41. Chatham.

Plate 42. Barnard Castle. Durham.

Plate 43. Brough Castle. Westmoreland.

Plate 44. Hythe. from the Canal Bridge.

Plate 45. Rochester.

Plate 46. Entance to the Peak Cavern. Derbyshire.

Plate 47. Canterbury. Gate of St. Augustine's.

Plate 48. Holyrood House, Edinburgh.

Plate 49. Melrose Abbey, Scotland.

Plate 50. View on Hampstead Heath.

Plate 51. Entrance to Newmarket.

Plate 52. Lynmouth & Linton. North Devonshire.

Plate 53. The Bank Highgate.

Plate 54. Branch Hill Hampstead.

Plate 55. Carlisle. from the North.

Plate 56. Lancaster. from the South.

Plate 57. Preston. from the North.

Plate 58. St. John's College. Cambridge.

Plate 59. Dover, from the Beach.

Plate 60. Elvet Bridge, Durham.

Plate 61. Christchurch, Hampshire.

Plate 62. Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland.

Plate 63. Peveril Castle, Derbyshire

Plate 64. Maidstone Bridge.

Plate 65. Green Court Canterbury.

Plate 66. Netley Abbey - West Window.

Plate 67. Lancaster Castle

Plate 68. Bristol, from the Bath Road.

Plate 69. Roslin Castle.

Plate 70. Nottar Bridge. on the Lynher.

Plate 71. Steels Cottage Haverstock Hill.

Plate 72. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devonshire.

Plate 73. Sheffield.

Plate 74. Shaugh Bridge. River Plym, Devonshire.

Plate 75. The Exchange, Liverpool.

Plate 76. Launceston Castle.

Plate 77. Kemp Town, Brighton.

Plate 78. Plympton, Devonshire.

Plate 79. Newcastle. from Askew's Wood.

Plate 80. Pentilly Castle on the Tamar.

Plate 81. The Head of Dove Dale, Derbyshire.

Plate 82. Darlington, Durham.

Plate 83. Mickle Gate Bar - York.

Plate 84. New Bailey Bridge, Manchester.

Plate 85. Pier at Scarborough.

Plate 86. Dartmouth Castle

Plate 87. New Bridge, Lancaster.

Plate 88. Whitby from the South

Plate 89. Glasgow. from the Green.

Plate 90. Hereford. from the River.

Plate 91. Babbacome Bay, Devonshire.

Plate 92. Launcestone Castle.

Plate 93. Monks Mill, River Avon, Bath.

Plate 94. View in Dove Dale, Derbyshire.

Plate 95. Strammongate Bridge, Kendal.

Plate 96. Landing Place Dover. Outer Harbour.

Plate 97. Chester, from Barrelwell Hill.

Plate 98. Gt. Rydal Lake.

Plate 99. Stone Henge.

Plate 100. Edinburgh Castle. from Princes Street.

Plate 101. Abergavenny from the Uske Road.

Plate 102. Melrose Abbey, Scotland.

Plate 103. The Pavilion, Brighton.

Plate 104. The River above Sunderland Bridge.

Plate 105. Ragland Castle.

Plate 106. Worcester.

Plate 107. Brandon Hill Bristol.

Plate 108. Near Castleton Derbyshire.

Plate 109. Calne, from the Canal.

Plate 110. Newport, Monmouthshire.

Plate 111. Pelham Crescent Hastings.

Plate 112. Bradford

Plate 113. Lower Lake of Killarney, Ross Castle

Plate 114. Melksham.

Plate 115. Uske, Monmouthshire.

Plate 116. Widcombe Church, near Bath.

Plate 117. Hythe, Kent.

Plate 118. Newcastle. from Westgate Hill. 

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