First book to be published on this particular subject
Fully illustrated in glorious colour
A comprehensive guide for collectors
Will appeal to enthusiasts for Nelson and naval history
Glass pictures, to be distinguished from glass paintings, were a way of reproducing prints and enhancing them with vivid colours. Originally produced for a popular market, these fragile picture are now sought after for their decorative charm. This lavishly illustrated and comprehensive account is the first of its kind; it is the only publication to be concerned solely with commemorative glass pictures representing Admiral Nelson's achievements and his death in battle at Trafalgar. The unique significance of these pictures in relation to the whole range of Nelson memorabilia has not previously been recognised. These charmingly naïve pictures form an outstanding expression of the grief of a nation - almost overshadowing the exultation at the victory of Trafalgar. The seventy known Nelson glass pictures are described here. Half of the pictures represent Nelson, his death and his magnificent funeral, the remainder being fantastical, allegorical scenes such as Nelson falling into the ample bosom of Britannia. Each caption is reproduced in full, and explanatory notes are included where necessary. The book describes how, where and when the pictures were made. An appendix is included giving a brief account of Nelson's death and funeral.
About the Author
L. P. Le Quesne is an active member of the Nelson Society and 1805 club. He has travelled widely, is a keen sailer, and was formerly Professor of Surgery at the University of London.