Some of the earliest acquatint views of Ireland, a set of 12 hand coloured plates of scenic locations amid Killarney’s lakes, will feature at the Sotheby’s auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History in London on November 4.
Lot 39, by Jonathan Fisher, is a description of the Lakes of Killarney illustrated with twelve prints of its most interesting views. It was published in London in June of 1796.
Each of the 12 hand coloured plates in the oblong folio carries the imprint: “London, Published by J. Fisher, June 1796”. The set of 12 views was intended as a supplement (though complete in itself) to Fisher’s Scenery of Ireland, published in 1792-95.
There is a set of these rare views in the collection of the Crawford Gallery in Cork. If anything this should add to the interest of collectors. Sotheby’s estimate the lot at £2,000-£3,000.
UPDATE; THE VIEWS SOLD FOR £3,500 INCLUDING BUYERS PREMIUM.