The Town of Greenock

John Clark

Coloured aquatint

  • About the work
    Country: Argentina
    City: Buenos Aires
    Place: British Embassy

    This plate is part of a series by John Clark titled 'Views in Scotland'. The plates were advertised for sale in 'The Examiner' on 2 May 1824, priced at 10s. 6d. each. Generally, two Plates from the series were published each month in 1824–35.

  • About the artist
    John Clark, watercolourist and aquatint engraver, specialised in topographical, sporting and marine views. He remains something of a mystery today as virtually nothing is known of his life. This may be partly the result of his not uncommon name. Clark toured Scotland during the summer of 1823, making sketches for his series of aquatint prints ‘Views in Scotland’ (published in parts in 1824-25, under the patronage of George IV). Other works apparently in the same hand and presumed to be by John Clark are alternately signed ‘J. Clark’ and ‘I. Clark’. To further complicate matters, Clark’s work has frequently been confused with that of John Heaviside Clark (c.1771-1863), an engraver and painter of landscapes and seascapes, born in Scotland.
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    John Clark
    The Town of Greenock
    Coloured aquatint
    Purchased from Sotheby's, 6 November 1957
    Ex Sotheby's
    GAC number