Sir William Jardine (Scottish, 1800-1874) British Salmonidae

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Sir William Jardine (Scottish, 1800-1874)
British Salmonidae
Edinburgh: William Lizars, 1839-41
Apx. 48 hand-colored engravings, original drawings and watercolors by the artist

Along with Folio (19 x 13 2/8 inches). EXCEPTIONALLY FINE ALBUM OF 37 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR AND 37 PENCIL DRAWINGS BY JARDINE depicting highland and lowland Scottish scenery sketched by Jardine on his fishing tours, including his Sutherland tour, the Tweed and his home territory of Dumfriesshire and the Solway Coast, tipped-in to an album, mounted one and two to a page (9 loose), with
his manuscript captions and dates in ink below each. Contemporary half red morocco, tan embossed cloth, gilt (a little scuffed at the edges).
Provenance: According to a note signed by Christopher T. Dalgety, loosely inserted: Sir William Jardine (1800-1874); his eldest daughter Jane Home Jardine; her son William Jardine Herries Maxwell (1852 – 1933), of Munches in Buittle (both sons killed in action at Gallipoli in 1915); Munches estate sale ca 1945; Christopher Thomas Dalgety (1907-1980), an ornithologist and explorer in the Arctic in the 1920s and 1930s, his sale Bonhams Edinburgh, 18th May 2016, lot 103

Sir William Jardine, the 7th Baronet of Jardine Hall near Lockerbie, Scotland, was the leading authority on salmon and trout in the British Isles.  An excellent sportsman, his preeminent knowledge of the species was intimate and personal, and his expertise in the field was so noted that in 1860 he was appointed to the Royal Commission on the Salmon Fisheries of England and Wales.  Jardine’s estates were located in the fertile fishing areas near the rivers Annan and Tweed, placing him in a perfect position geographically to explore his fascination with salmon and trout.  His independent research, and artistic inclinations, culminated in the finest and most comprehensive monograph on these fish ever produced in the British Isles, and perhaps in the world, British Salmonidae.    

No artist better captured the sport of salmon and trout fishing, nor the appearance of the species themselves.  For this reason, since the first appearance of Jardine’s work 150 years ago, it has fascinated biologists, fishermen, and art collectors alike.In the artist’s stunning original watercolors and drawings, much more than in any print, one understands the unparalleled excellence, the meticulous attention to detail and the esthetic sensibility that characterized his work.  Truly the fish appear to come to life in Jardine’s flawless images, rendered with outstanding naturalism. 

These are the most important records of his monumental work, and offer a unique, unparalleled glimpse into the history and culmination of a landmark publication focusing on gamefish.