W. Jones, Lime-Burner, Thames Street. 1859. Etching and drypoint. Kennedy 46.ii; Glasgow 55.ii. 1859. Etching and drypoint. Kennedy 46.ii; Glasgow 55.ii. 9 15/16 x 6 15/16 (sheet 10 7/8 x 7 15/16). Glasgow records 98 known impressions. Issued as plate 9 in "Sixteen Etchings or Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects." (Thames Set). Illustrated: Print Collector's Quarterly 1 (1911): 35; Guichard, British Etchers, 1850-1940. A cleanly-wiped impression printed in pale cream laid paper, probably from the first edition of the Thames set published by Ellis and Green in 1871. Housed in an elegant 22 x 18-inch Whistler style gold leaf frame. $8,500.
In the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1859, this etching was described as " W. Jones, lime-burner, Thames Street (943)."
Lime was used for making building mortar. The Lime Burner had a thankless if important task, heating chalk in a kiln at 1,100C to make quicklime. The dust it produced could cause blindness and spontaneously combust and burn.
Please click on the link to the Glasgow online catalog raisonné W. Jones, Lime-Burner, Thames Street.
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