WOOD-MARTIN, W.G. The Lake Dwellings of Ireland: or Ancient Lacustrine Habitations of Erin, Commonly Called Crannogs. With 238 illustrations and 50 plates. 137 NATHANIEL HONE'S COPY Dublin: Hodges Figgis, & London: Longmans, 1886. Royal octavo. pp. xxi , 268. Green cloth, urn in gilt on upper cover, title in gilt on spine. Armorial bookplate of Nathaniel Hone on front pastedown. A good copy. Very scarce. "Colonel William Gregory Wood-Martin was born at Woodville, Sligo in 1847 and after a distinguished military career he took a keen interest in the history and antiquities of his native country.
Provenance: From the library of Nathaniel Hone [the Younger] (1831-1917), Irish painter, great-grand-nephew of a better-known painter, Nathaniel Hone. He began his career as a railway engineer but gave this up to study art in Paris. Most of his later paintings are landscapes, very often enlivened with animals and occasionally with figures. In France he was influenced by the painter Gustav Courbet who was taking a new and quite revolutionary realistic approach. His closest painting tips were, however, from another French impressionist, Camille Corot. Hone became a close friend of one of Corot's followers at the Barbizon School of landscape painting. At Barbizon he learned to appreciate colour, texture and tone in the landscape and apply it in strong and confident brushworks to the painting of Irish subjects on his return. In Paris Hone worked closely with artist Édouard Brandon, also a follower of Corot's, and stayed with him at 44, rue du Notre Dame de Lorette." 1886 WOODMARTIN, W.G.
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