This listing is for a circa 1784 print from copper engraving, from the date stated and not a later reproduction.
Mitford Castle, Northumberland
Engraved by Godfrey and dated Feb 1, 1775. Mitford is a village in Northumberland. The sceene shows a road running down to the village, houses and the castle in the backgound. Part of the text states: "...The Castle stands in a Park not far from the riverWansbeck, and is elevated on a mountseemingly artificial, very little of it is remaining.....Not far from it is the Manor House ans also the Church which was granted by King Edward I to the Priory of Lanercost. In the Chancel is a large mural monument of one of the Bertrams....". There is text describing the scene on the front and reverse, in old English with use of the descending or medial s which looks like an f, and 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, c1784 etc. These were printed in a series from 1774 through the late 1700's.
It is printed on laid paper which is blank on the 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.
Our 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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