The Hop Ground. Drawn From Nature And On Stone By T. S. Cooper..
The plates are in very good condition, with only faint marginal foxing. They have been mounted on to a thicker paper at some point (only the very edge of the plates have been glued down) presumably for framing, and this has protected them well.
UNKNOWN TO SCHOLARS.
Published by Chas. Tilt 86 Fleet Street. Printed by A Ducote's Lithog., 70 St. Martin's Lane.,
Four lithographs from cooper's series of six plates. they are plate 1 hop - picking; plate 2 hop - picking pl 2; hop - picking pl 4; plate 5 the tally man.
4 Lithographs in original Hand-colouring - heightened with Gum Arabic. Each 14 x 10.6 inches including margins. The image size is 12 x 8.25. Approximately (each image differs slightly in size but but by no more than half an inch and often less). Each plate is Titled with the series title on the top margin 'The Hop - Ground' and numbered in the top right-hand corner.
All have the same publisher's imprint, and artist and printer identification, and have another title in the lower margin as detailed above. Plates one and two are signed within the plate and dated 1833.
A very rare series of plates, Westwood states in his exhaustive survey of Cooper's work 'This series is known from just two plates in the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings'. The plates they have are plates 4 and 6, therefore plates 1, 2 and 5 above are unknown to scholars. Westwood reproduces a watercolour, held in the Towneley Art Gallery, Burnley, which he thinks is related to this series, and indeed he is correct; this is the original for plate one of the series.
[Stock No. 24905]