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Scenery Of The Rivers Of Norfolk, Comprising The Yare, The Waveney, And The Bure. From Pictures Painted By James Stark, With Historical And Geological Descriptions By J.W. Robberds, Jun. Esq.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Norwich:: Printed By John Stacy, Old Haymarket., London:: Published By Moon, Boys, And Graves, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall; And Jennings And Chaplin, 62, Cheapside., MDCCCXXXIV.

Physical Description

[138] p., [25] [i.e. 61] pl. (incl. add. engr. t.pl.): [11] illus.; 434 mm. (Folio.)

General Note

The List Of Plates calls for 36 plates - i.e. 25 plates (incl. added engraved title plate) and 11 in-text prints. But there are bis copies of all 25 plates (showing them in their earlier, etched states), and a further 11 plates which are bis copies of the in-text prints (showing them also in etched states) - making a total of 61 plates and 11 in-text prints.


[Add. engr. t.pl. and its bis pl., t.p., dedic.] - List Of Plates - List Of Subscribers - [Text, with plates and bis plates, and in-text prints and bis plates of the in-text prints].

Responsibility Note

All engraved plates and all but one engraved in-text prints are signed as drawn or painted by James Stark, and as engraved by E. Goodall, William Miller, George Cooke, John Burnet, Charles Fox, J. Horsburgh, J.F. Lambert, W. Forrest, R. Brandard, W.R. Smith, James H. Kernot, W.J. Cooke, R. Cooper, W. Radclyffe, Robt. Wallis or J.C. Varrall. Most of them in their etched state are signed as drawn or painted by James Stark, and as etched by the same persons whose signatures appear on the engraved states.

Plate [27] is also signed as printed by S.H. Hawkins.

The work is dedicated by James Stark to King William IV.


M. Holloway, Steel Engravings In Nineteenth Century British Topographical Books A Bibliography (1977), no. 134, p.153-4.

M. Pidgley, 'James Stark and Edward William Cooke', in Old Water-Colour Society's Club, 61 (1986), p.43-55; A.W. Moore, The Norwich school of artists (1985); A. Hemingway, The Norwich school of painters 1803-1833 (1979); M. Rajnai and M. Stevens, The Norwich Society of Artists 1805-1833: a dictionary of contributors and their works (1976); D. Clifford, Watercolours of the Norwich school (1965); W.F. Dickes, The Norwich school of painting (1905 (limited ed.) and 1906).

Summary Note

The work was issued in parts from 1827. Several of the prints carry dates - of 1828, 1829, 1831 or 1833. The dedication carries the date of December 12th, 1833.


Presented by James Stark in 1842 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, IX, 245).

Binding Note

Early 20th-century half black morocco, blue cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Rivers Of Norfolk Stark', 'R.A.' and '1834'.


Rivers - Riverbanks - Waterways - River towns - Landscapes (environments) - Great Britain - Norfolk - Yare (river) - Waveney (river) - Bure (river) - History - 19th century
Paintings - Landscapes (representations) - Great Britain - 19th century
Views - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century