• `A Phaeton going from the picture’ -
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    Pen and grey ink and washes on laid paper

    11.4 by 14.2 cm., 4 ½ by 5 ½ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Private Collection;

    Thence by descent

     

    Engraved:

    For Thomas Malton’s `A Compleat Treatise on Perspective on the Principles of Dr Taylor’, 1778, plate 36, fig. 143, opp. p.5

     

    Malton was an architectural draughtsman and a lecturer on perspective. These two drawings were engraved for one of his books on perspective. He exhibited his perspective drawings at the Royal Academy from 1772 to 1785. In March 1776 a fire destroyed over 500 copies of his books on geometry and perspective. He was sued by his printers and probably to avoid financial ruin he moved to Dublin where he remained for the rest of his life.  He was also an upholsterer with a shop on the Strand. His son Thomas Malton the Younger is known for his London and Dublin street scenes.

     

    Perspective drawings by Malton rarely appear on the market – a study of a Desk and Chair was sold at Christie’s New York on 26th January 2011, lot 32, a study of a Four Poster Bed was at Christie’s London on 22nd May 2008, lot 152 and a Street on a Hill was at Christie’s London on 10th July 1990, lot 66.

  • `How to represent a Coach in Perspective’ -
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    Pen and grey ink and washes on laid paper

    11.1 by 24.2 cm., 4 ¼ by 9 ½ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Private Collection;

    Thence by descent

     

    Engraved:

    For Thomas Malton’s `A Compleat Treatise on Perspective on the Principles of Dr Taylor’, 1778, plate 36, fig. 142, opp. p.5

     

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