Sir William Jardine, the 7th Baronet of Jardine Hall near Lockerbie, Scotland, was the leading authority on salmon and trout in the British Isles. An excellent sportsman, his preeminent knowledge of the species was intimate and personal, and his expertise in the field was so noted that in 1860 he was appointed to the Royal Commission on the Salmon Fisheries of England and Wales. Jardine’s estates were located in the fertile fishing areas near the rivers Annan and Tweed, placing him in a perfect position geographically to explore his fascination with salmon and trout. His independent research, and artistic inclinations, culminated in the finest and most comprehensive monograph on these fish ever produced in the British Isles, and perhaps in the world, British Salmonidae. The magnificent, large-scale plates of the British Salmonidae included four of the salmon at various stages of its development, four of the sea-trout, one of the ferox, two of the brown trout, and one of the vendace. No artist better captured the sport of salmon and trout fishing, nor the appearance of the species themselves. For this reason, since the first appearance of Jardine’s work 150 years ago, it has fascinated biologists, fishermen, and art collectors alike. Jardine’s printed series is exceedingly rare, having been offered at auction only twice in the past twenty years. This image, measuring 28.75" x 37", framed, was one of the original drawings and watercolors that were generated in preparation for the publication, done by Jardine himself. In the artist’s stunning original watercolor and drawing, Preparatory drawing for Plate VII: Salmo Salar. one can visualize the unparalleled excellence, meticulous attention to detail and the esthetic sensibility that characterized his work. Truly the fish appears to come to life in Jardine’s flawless image, rendered with outstanding naturalism. This is an important records of his monumental work, and offers a unique, unparalleled glimpse into the history and culmination of a landmark publication focusing on gamefish. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Preparatory drawing for Plate VII: Salmo ...
Publisher: Edinburgh: William Lizars
Publication Date: 1839
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Fine
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