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BRÉANSKI, Alfred de.
The Bréanski Album containing Facsimile Water colour drawings of Picturesque Scenery in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Specially designed for this Album by A. de Bréanski.

Comprising 18 heavy cards with window mounts for both carte de visite and cabinet size photographs, with 12 chromolithograph views [of which 2 are double-page, counting as 4 views] : PANGBOURNE - WINDEMERE - LOCH KATRINE - GRASMERE [x2] - BLARNEY CASTLE - HENLEY-ON-THAMES [x2] - SNOWDON - COLLEEN BAWN ROCK - TROSSACHS - CADER IDRIS. The title, in black and gilt, is on the reverse of the first card. Six of the window mounts have tears at the apertures without loss, four of the lithographs each have a very small patch of loss due to surface adherence, the album is in padded calf, all edges gilt, brass clasp, the head of the spine is torn, a slight case of worming on the inside of the rear board and free end-paper not affecting other leaves, the joints and clasp are undamaged, overall in good condition.

*ALFRED DE BRÉANSKI (1852-1928) born in London, the eldest son of Leopold Bréanski; his younger brother and sister, Gustave and Julie, were also painters. He made his debut at the Royal Academy in 1872 and continued to exhibit there until 1918. In 1873, he married Annie Roberts, a talented Welsh artist whom he met during his many painting trips to Wales. They had seven children, two of whom, Alfred Fontville and Arthur, both became painters. He specialised in the dramatic mountain landscapes of Wales and the Highlands, some of which are included in the above album.

T.J.S.S. & Co.

Date Published: No date [c.1880s?]. 4to.

Stock No. 60390

Price: £120.00