Bodmer - Boston - Leuchtturm
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Karl Bodmer - Boston Lighthouse.
“Boston Lighthouse.” - Vig: I.
Bodmer produced a watercolour of this subject while a passenger on the “Janus”, which entered the port of Boston with cannons firing to celebrate the 56th anniversary of independence.
Handcoloured aquatint and etching by Frédéric Martens (1809-1875) after a watercolour painting by Karl Bodmer (Joslyn's collection KBA 19), from Prince Maximilian's “Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834”.
Rare first state (Ruud 2004, p 238) for the first German edition, printed by Bougeard, Paris, 1837, on wove paper (papier vélin), published by Jakob Hölscher, Koblenz, 1837-40.
Plate mark: 22 x 28 cm, paper size: 31 x 45 cm. With blind stamp: C. BODMER.
'Vignette I was completed by August 1837 and an invoice documents that Bodmer shipped one hundred examples to Hölscher in May 1838 ... The first one hundred examples sent to Hölscher for publication were first states that contain only the English titles, which was quite unusual.' (Ruud 2004, p 238).