Musée No:737.123Regular price £25.00
Hotel de Ville, Prague
Artist: Thomas Shotter Boys
Thomas Shotter Boys (1803–1874) was a brilliant landscape watercolourist and an innovative force in the history of lithography. He is best known for his two sets of lithographs, one of views of Paris and other cities, and the other views of London. He travelled to Brussels, Austria, Bohemia, Italy and Germany during the 1830s. By 1837 Boys had returned to England to produce lithographs for books from the travel paintings of artists such as David Roberts, George Vivian. In 1839 he created a superb set of twenty-six colour lithographs, “Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, and Rouen,” which received rave reviews in London and Paris and he even received a diamond encrusted ring from Louis Philippe, the French King. His second famous set of twenty-six views, “Original Views of London As It Is,” was published in 1842. Boys continued to paint and exhibit landscapes in watercolours. Inexplicably his career declined drastically, and by the 1850s he was forced to take piece-work engraving commissions. Boys died in poverty in 1874.