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An Essay on Trees in Landscape.

KENNION (Edward).

KENNION (Edward).

An Essay on Trees in Landscape; or, an Attempt to Shew the Propriety and Importance of Characteristic Expression on this Branch of Art, and the Means of Producing it: with Examples.

Title-page with aquatint vignette and 50 plates engraved by C.J. Kennion (22 of them aquatint and etching, the rest etchings, mostly soft ground).

First Edition. Folio. [370 x 300 x 30 mm]. [1]f, x, 48 pp. Newly bound by Bayntun-Riviere in half mid-green goatskin, marbled paper sides, smooth spine lettered on a red and a blue label and dated at the foot, plain endleaves, uncut edges.
London: printed by T. Bensley, for C.J. Kennion; and sold by Messrs. Boydell and Co, John Marray, and James Newman, 1815.

The title is rather grubby (possibly having been at the top of the pile in the printing house).

There is some occasional light spotting, but it is a good copy, with the original tissue guards and uncut edges.

Edward Kennion trained as an artist at Mr. Fuller's Academy in London, and then spent a number of years in service in Jamaica. He returned to England in 1769 and accompanied the landscape painter George Barret R.A. on sketching tours in the Lake District and around Liverpool. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Society of Artists in 1790, and between 1790 and 1791 he exhibited 24 works at its annual exhibitions. He also exhibited eight pictures at the Royal Academy between 1795 and 1807. In 1803 Kennion issued a prospectus of a work entitled Elements of Landscape and Picturesque Beauty, which was to appear in four volumes. However, he died in 1809, and the only part to have been completed was An Essay on Trees in Landscape. This was edited and published by his son, Charles, in 1815.

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