This listing is for a 1775 print from copper engraving, from the date stated and not a later reproduction.
Bothall Castle, Northumberland - Plate II
Engraved by Godfrey and dated 20 Jan 1774.
The scene takes in a man and woman with a child and dog walking along a road with the Castle and buildings in the background. Part of the text states: " This view represents the north aspect of Bothall Castle as seen from a neighbouring eminence.....The wood scene in the back ground slopes reive to the water's edge, here and there skirted by picturesque rocks.... The small building seen over the wood is a fire-engine for draining of a neighbouring colliery.....the banks of the Wandsbeck (Wansbeck) between this place and Morpeth, afford avariety of sylvan scenes, equal to beauty to any in the kingdom...." etc. Keenlyside
The text describing the scene in old English is on the front and reverse, which is printed on hand laid paper. Laid paper is a type of paper having a ribbed texture imparted by the manufacturing process. In the pre-mechanical period of European papermaking (from the 12thC into the 19thC), laid paper was the predominant kind of paper produced. Its use, however, diminished in the 19th century being replace with woven manufactured papers.
Provenance: The Antiquities of England and Wales" by Francis Grose, Printed for S. Hooper, 25 Ludgate Hill, London (1775) etc. This series was published in various volumes between 1774 to late 1700's.
It is printed on laid paper which has the related text on front and reverse. It is in a good clean condition with a little age yellowing. The overall page including measures 310 x 220 mm (12 x 8.5 inches) approx. The engraved area measures 155x100mm (6x4") approx. The borders of this copper line engraving bears the indent marking from the printing process. This print inevitably would have been originally bound in a book at some time - please check the larger picture for condition. This item will be shipped flat in a board backed envelope.
The use of the term "an original print" in this case, is a pictorial image made in a manner which allows it to be multiplied, and originating from the date stated. This includes examples of various methods of printmaking including engravings, etchings, woodcuts etc. Inevitably many of these prints would have originally been bound in books.
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