The Scenery Of The Rivers Tamar And Tavy, In Forty-Seven Subjects, Exhibiting The Most Interesting Views On Their Banks, From the Source to the Termination of each; Including A View Of The Breakwater At Plymouth: Drawn And Engraved By F.C. Lewis. - [Epigraph] -

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London:: Published By John And Arthur Arch, Cornhill; And R. Triphook, Old Bond Street. -, 1823.

Physical Description

[4] p., [21] leaves of pl. [numbered 2 (engr. dedic.), 1/1, 3/4, 5-10, 11/12, 13-22, 23/24], [17] leaves of pl. [numbered 2 (engr. dedic.), 3-17, 18/19/20/21/22/23]; 350 mm.

General Note

The leaves of plates carrying two (or more) plate numbers show two (or more) inages. Most such images have been cut and pasted in, but may not originally have been printed from separate coppers. Most such pairs carry only one signature; and the leaf carrying images '1' and '1' has a shared caption-heading. In the second sequence of plates the last last leaf, showing six images, appears to be printed from four coppers. In the second sequence (on the Tavy) there is no plate numbered '1', but the second image numbered '1' on the first leaf of plates relating to the Tamar shows the source of the Tavy and belongs to this second sequence. The total number of images present amounts to 47, as called-for by the title-page.

In some copies (including that of the Royal Academy) a printed slip has been tipped in on the title-page, reading, '... The Price of the Work is unavoidably raised from £2 fs to £2 10s on account of the Plates requiring to be printed on India Paper. The next Volume will complete the Devonshire Rivers, in the most interesting Scenery of the Rivers Exe, Teign, Barle, the two Okements, and Torridgem &c., at the same Price. F.C.L.' A slip has also been tipped in facing prints numbered '23, 24' in the first sequence, showing elevations of the river.


[T.p., engr. dedic.] - Names Of Subscribers In Order as Subscribed - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Most leaves of plates are signed as drawn, engraved and published by F.C.Lewis. Some are signed as drawn and engraved by FCL. The leaf carrying images numbered '1' and '1' is signed as drawn and engraved by F.C. Lewis and carries the publishers' imprint of F.C. Lewis, J. & A. Arch and R. Triphook. Images numbered '21' and '23' of the second series are signed as drawn by I. Hitchin and engraved by CGL.

The engraved texts of the two dedications are signed as engraved by Hewitt (Buckingham Pl.).

The first dedication is from Fredc. Chrisn. Lewis to the Duke of Bedford. The second is from F.C. Lewis to the Marquis of Tavistock [afterwards 7th Duke of Bedford].


Scenery Of Great Britain And Ireland In Aquatint And Lithography 1770-1860 From The Library Of J.R. Abbey a Bibliographical Catalogue (1952, repr. 1972, 1991), no. 120.

J.M.H. Lewis, The Lewis family: art and travel (1992 privately printed).

Summary Note

The publication-date of 1823 is also carried by most plates.

Some of the etchings are tinted in grey. The first dedication-plate and plate '5' of the first series are inscribed as 'Proof'.


The verso of the front loose endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'S:A:H:', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Binding Note

19th-century half green morocco, green cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Lewis' Scenery Tamar & Tavy.' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Landscapes (environments) - Rivers - Waterways - Riverbanks - Bridges - Great Britain - Cornwall - Devonshire - Tamar River - Tamar River Valley - Tamar Estuaries - Tavy River - Tavy Valley - History - 19th century
Landscapes (representations) - Drawings - Great Britain - 19th century
Views - Travel sketches - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Etchings - Aquatints - Great Britain - 19th century


Frederick Christian Lewis Snr., source artist, draughtsman, engraver, publisher
John Arch, publisher
Arthur Arch, publisher
Robert Triphook, publisher
Nathaniel Roger Hewitt, script engraver
Charles George Lewis, engraver
John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford, dedicatee
Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford, dedicatee
John and Arthur Arch, publisher