Book of the Month – Richard Colt Hoare

Posted by Tenby Museum on Dec 5, 2017 Blog No Comments

December’s Book of the Month from the museum Research Library is the wonderfully titled “A Collection of Forty-Eight Views of Noblemen’s and Gentlemen’s Seats, Towns, Castles, Churches, Monasteries and Romantic Places in North and South Wales”.  This is a lavishly illustrated book, complete with numerous black and white plates principally from drawings by Sir Richard Colt Hoare (and engraved by the most eminent artist).

This beautiful book was published in 1806 by John and Josiah Boydell, uncle and nephew publishers who established the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery.

Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758 – 1838) 2nd Baronet was a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was a patron of arts and a watercolorist.  Following the death of his wife in 1785 he began a tour of France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain, returning in July 1787, in which he succeeded to the baronetcy.  From 1788 to 1791 he travelled further thought Europe and later toured Britain.   He had a particular fondness for Wales and made a significant contribution to its travel literature with his translation of works by Gerald of Wales.  Colt Hoare also provided illustrations for William Coxe’s Historical Tour of Monmouthshire (1801) and also Roger Fenton’s Historical Tour Through Pembrokeshire (1811).

The book features engravings from all over Wales including Cillgerran, Wrexham, Cardiff, Snowdon, Conwy, Kidwelly, St David’s, Llawhaden, Manorbier, Caernarvon and Beaumaris.