Fine tonal impression, printed in umber-brown ink, as published by Paul Sandby himself in his first Welsh Series, entitled XII Views in South Wales, in 1775.
This view of Part of the Remains of Llanphor is one of Paul Sandby’s earliest aquatints and the set in which it was released was his first publication in the new medium. It is thought that Paul Sandby took over the publication of this series from John Boydell in order to oversee the printing of his delicate plates. The subtle balance between the fine, pale tones of the sky areas and the rich, dark tones of the rocks and shadows (clearly evident in this early impression), required special attention in printing. In particular, it appears that the aquatint ground which Paul Sandby used for the delicate sky tones could not withstand any number of impressions and the edition taken from these plates was very restricted indeed. Fine impressions from this series, before reworking, such as this early impression of Part of the Remains of Llanphor are now very scarce.
On antique laid paper with indistinct watermark, with margins. Soiled in margins, otherwise generally good condition.