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Engraving 19th Century - Ostend Pier

Engraving 19th Century - Ostend Pier

Another drawing from Sea Pictures (circa 1888) by James Macauley, The Religious Tract Society, London

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Well it actually is an engraving. In one lower corner you can see the name of the man who made the original painting, in the other the name of the one who engraved it. Probably on end-wood. The painter's name is often preceeded by the word "pinxit" (He painted it). It would be interested to have that (those) name(s). As your posting stands, due in a certain degree to the title of the book, it reads as if Mr. Macauley made the pictures. Regards, Stein
 

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Thanks for your comments Stein. I gather attribution was not a big thing in the 1880's. The title page goes like this - "Sea Pictures. Drawn with Pen and Pencil. By James Macaulay, MA, MD. Editor of The Leisure Hour." The book is full of drawings (engravings) but with no attribution to the artists. The title page suggests that Macaulay did the lot. On closer examination I can see that some of the full page drawings have a number of different signatures (not Macaulay) but the smaller drawings (half page and less) do not. The "Off Boulogne" engraving has two sets of names one looks like ALABY and the other is Butterworth and Heath. The Ostend Pier has a T. Weber signature in the RHS and something like BRID..... in the LHS. Do you have any information on attribution practices at that time and who the actual artists might be?
 

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Theodore Weber (1838 - 1907) was born in Leipzig, studied in Bonn and lived most of his life in Paris. However, a great deal of his work seems to have been done in England. He exhibited five times at the Royal Academy, and is represented at the Tate Gallery, Nottingham Art Gallery and at the Laing Gallery in Sheffield.
That pier seems to have been a popular motif, I thought I had seen the picture before, and tried to find it,- I didn't, but found the same pier in a number of similar pictures by other artists. Regards, Stein.
 

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