This rare and resplendent folio lithograph is from Frederick Catherwood Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan 1844. The work was published in London by F. Catherwood in 1844. This from a rare, deluxe first edition of the work with original hand-coloring mounted to card (this particular lithograph has been re-mounted professionally to new card). There were only 300 copies of the work produced, with a very limited number in this deluxe format.
The original illustrations for this work were completed by Catherwood. The tinted lithographs were completed by Andrew Picken, William Parrott, Henry Warren, John C. Bourne, George Belton Moore and Thomas Shotter Boys. Most of Catherwood’s original paintings were destroyed in a fire when on exhibit.
John Lloyd Stephens was inspired by accounts of ancient Central America civilizations and had Frederick Catherwood accompany him on two journeys. They explored the archaeological sites of Honduras, Guatemala, Chiapas, and Yucatan from 1839 to 1841. In the whole range of literature on the Maya there has never appeared a more magnificent work than Views of Ancient Monuments. (V. W. von Hagen)
Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854) was a British architect and artist with a strong interest in archaeology. Huxley wrote of him: “Catherwood belongs to a species, the artist-archaeologist, which is all but extinct. Piranesi was the most celebrated specimen and Catherwood his not unworthy successor.”