Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden

During The Years 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808.

PORTER, Robert Ker

PORTER, Robert Ker Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden During The Years 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808.

Richard Phillips, 1809.

First edition. Two volumes. 4to. Contemporary half russia over linen boards, gilt titles to spines, marbled endpapers with the label of a Moscow bookshop. All edges yellow. Folding hand-coloured aquatint frontispieces to each volume, 26 further hand-coloured aquatint plates of national costume, twelve aquatint plates of scenes (one folding) and one engraved portrait. A very good set, with a little wear to the spine ends and corners. Occasional light foxing, but contents generally clean.

Porter was invited to Russia to join the tsar's court as historical painter in 1804, being employed in decorating Admiralty Hall, St Petersburg with vast historical paintings. Between 1806 and 1811 he travelled Europe visiting Finland, Sweden and Germany before joining Sir John Moore for the campaign in the Peninsula.

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