A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes, Containing a Description of the Most Romantic Scenery of Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire, with Accounts of Ancient and Modern Manners and Customs, and Elucidation of the History and Antiquities of that Part of the Country, etc.


Date: 1821



Fielding and Walton spent two years in the Lake District making drawings and collecting information and extracts from admired poets to produce this magnificent work. The text and beautiful design and illustrations indicate that this was a book for dedicated tourists wanting to plan informed tours of the area. The volume describes aspects of life in the area the unique scenery history antiquities habits and customs of the local people.

Fine hand colored aquatint title vignette and 48 hand colored plates after drawings by Fielding and Walton. The plates are dated between May 1820 and April 1821 and depict typical Lake District views and scenes including: Rydal Water, Coniston, Keswick, Windermere, Ambleside, Penrith and Cockermouth.

In his introduction, Ackermann gives a summary of his intentions in this work, "to unite the most striking features of the various kinds of scenery of the lakes, executed by the artists in a style worthy of the subject with a description of all that is interesting and remarkable in the nature and appearance of the country...combining a judicious selection from the labours of former writers...with much new and original information" (Abbey).

Large Paper Copy. 4to. 340mm x 275mm (13" x 11"). pp. viii 288. (of which only 100 were published [Tooley 219]).


Tooley 219; Abbey Scenery 192; Bobins II 644; Prideaux p 336.

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Publisher: London: William Clowes for R. Ackermann





ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-07-24

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