Hand Coloured Print of Alternative Architectural Proposal For The Mound in Edinburgh Proposed by Alexander Trotter c. 1829

Circa 1829
Image: 41.5 x 22.5 cm
Frame: 59 x 44cm
Standard Parcel
Hand Painted Engraved "View of Edinburgh shewing the communication between the Old and New Town as proposed by Alexander Trotter Esqr. of Dreghorn", Drawn & Engraved by Thos. H Shepherd, Published by Colnaghi, Son & Co Pall Mall, East c. 1829 (Canmore Catalogue Number EDD 408/3). It was drawn and engraved by the well-known topographical artist, Thomas Shepherd, and published by Colnaghi, Son & Co.
The engraving is creased with a small tear in the margin which does not affect the image. Otherwise it is in good condition with bright highlights of colour and is free from foxing. It is displayed in a gilt frame.
The Architectural Magazine in 1834 noted that Alexander Trotter was “well known in Scotland as a gentleman much attached to architecture, and as one who has paid great attention both to territorial and municipal improvements. For several years past, he has bestowed particular attention the means of improving the city of Edinburgh, and especially of forming a more convenient and elegant line of connection between the old and the new. Mr Trotter has spared neither labour nor expense in making his ideas on the subject known to the citizens of Edinburgh, by engraved plans, views , etc.”
Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1793 - 1864) was a leading topographical artist, known for his series of street views for Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts (1809) and London buildings in Metropolitan Improvements (1827). In 1828 he did a series in Edinburgh, entitled ‘Modern Athens’ (1828). Colnaghi dates back to 1783 when Paul Colnaghi took over the London branch of the print and engravings business he ran with Anthony Torre. In 1826, he set up Colnaghi Son & Co with his son Dominic (later known as P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.) at 14 Pall Mall East. The firm went on to become one of the world’s leading dealers in Old Master paintings and drawings.