Osborne House, the Gift to the Nation of His Majesty King Edward VII

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    Line and mezzotint engraver Thomas Abiel Prior was born in London. He engraved landscapes after contemporary artists for publishers Henry Fisher and George Virtue. In 1837 he married Emma Sharrow and their son, Thomas William, was born the following year. Prior engraved J. M. W. Turner’s drawing ‘Heidelberg Castle and Town’ under the artist’s supervision (published 1844) and later made further engravings after Turner’s work. He produced 14 plates on steel for the ‘Art Journal’ (1850–71), including plates after works in the Royal Collection. His wife may have died in 1860, when he moved to Calais to be close to their son. Here he taught drawing at local schools, returning annually to assess proofs of his plates. He died in Calais aged 77.

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    Subjects
    topography, flag, garden, house
    Materials & Techniques
    engraving, coloured engraving
  • Details
    Title
    Osborne House, the Gift to the Nation of His Majesty King Edward VII
    Date
    Medium
    Coloured engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Parker Gallery, January 1978
    GAC number
    13697