One of 12 lithographs published by Ackermann London, in 1840/41 as part of a portfolio, “12 Views in the Interior of Guiana.” The original sketches were made by John Morrison who accompanied Sir Robert Hermann Schomburgk on the exploration into what would become British Guiana. The sketches were developed by Charles Bentley into the drawings that were the basis for the lithographs. Printed in black with hand coloring.
This lithograph depicts mountains in the Pakaraima chain. The highest mountain in that chain is Roraima, though back in 1840 this may have been the name for the entire chain. Inscribed from left to right in the lower margin, “Drawn from the original Sketches by Charles Bentley”, “Printed by C. Hullmandel” “RORAIMA/A remarkable Range of Sandstone Mountains in Guiana/London Published by Ackermann & Co 96 Strand 3rd August 1840” “Stone(?) by George Barnard” Paper 13 ¾ inches (25 cm) tall by 20 ¾ inches (55 cm) wide. Image without title etc. 11 inches (28 cm) tall by 16 inches (40.5 cm) wide.
Condition: very dirty all over the surface. Corners bent or chipped, lower edge abraded. Small tears to the margins, some foxing.
Despite all of the condition issues, the print has never been mounted and has excellent color and contrasts