[Les Coches]

Eleven Superb Hand Colored Lithographed Plates on Coaching
Jean Victor Adam

ADAM, Jean Victor. [Les Coches]. [Paris: 1838]. A series of eleven very fine, hand-colored lithographic plates.

Oblong quarto. (9 x 12 inches; 228 x 305 mm.), image size (6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches; 160 x 242 mm.) or slightly smaller, each window-mounted. Eleven very fine hand colored lithographed plates heightened with gum arabic.

Housed in a fleece-lined green buckram clamshell case with brown morocco spine label lettered in gilt "Coaches / by / Victor Adam / Paris, 1838". Bookplate of Joel Spitz on inside front cover of clamshell case.

A magnificent collection with eleven hand-colored plates of the very highest quality.

Jean Victor Adam (1801-1866) was a French painter and lithographer. Born in Paris he was the son of Jean Adam, an esteemed engraver. During the years 1814 to 1818 he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and also in the ateliers of Meynier and Régnault. In 1819 he exhibited 'Herminia succouring Tancred.' He was almost immediately afterwards employed to paint various subjects for the Museum at Versailles, amongst which are, 'The Entry of the French into Mainz,' 'The Battle of Varroux,' 'The Taking of Menin, 'The Battle of Castiglione,' 'The Passage of the Cluse,' 'The Battle of Montebello,' 'The Capitulation of Meiningen;' the last three in association with Alaux. He also exhibited down to the year 1838: 'Henry IV., after the Battle of Coutras,' 'Trait of Kindness in the Duke de Berri,' 'The Postillion,' 'The Vivandiere,' 'The Road to Poissy,' 'The Return from the Chase,' 'Horse-fair at Caen,' and numerous other subjects. He then retired from publicity, till 1846, when he appeared as the exhibitor of some works in lithography, to which branch of art he afterwards restricted himself. In this line he produced a lithographic album, 'Views in the Environs of Paris,' 'Studies of Animals for an edition of Buffon,' &c. He obtained a gold medal in 1824, a second class medal in 1836, besides several others from Lille, Douai, and other cities. He died at Viroflay in 1866.

"The son of Jean Adam, the Parisian engraver, Victor Adam studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1814-18, and also in the ateliers of Meynier and Régnault. He was primarily a lithographer, his prolific output in this medium consisting of an estimated seven or eight thousand subjects." (Benezit). Item #03344

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