Purfleet Essex antique print


Antique copper-plate engraved print of purfleet, Essex, viewed from the River Thames. (dated in the plate 1810) by George Cooke (22 January 1781 – 27 February 1834). Later added colour. Note: Price shown is ex VAT.

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 Purfleet Essex antique print. Antique copper-plate engraved print (dated in the plate 1810) by George Cooke (22 January 1781 – 27 February 1834). Cooke was an English line engraver, born in London in 1781. At the age of fourteen, George Cooke was apprenticed to James Basire (1730-1802). Around the end of his apprenticeship he engraved many plates for Brewer’s Beauties of England and Wales. Afterwards, he produced engravings for Pinkerton’s 16-volume “Collection of Voyages and Travels“, during which his brother William made plans for the first edition of “The Thames“, to which George Cooke contributed two plates. This work was followed by “Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England“, from drawings made principally by Turner. It was commenced in 1814 and completed in 1826, and George Cooke engraved fifteen plates, nearly one-third of the total. Next appeared an improved edition of The Thames, for which he engraved the ‘Launch of the Nelson’ and the ‘Fair on the Thames,’ after Luke Clennell, and the ‘Opening of Waterloo Bridge,’ after Philip Reinagle. Between 1817 and 1833 he produced a number of plates for the “Botanical Cabinet“,’ and about the same time he engraved some of the plates, after Turner, for Hakewill’s “Picturesque Tour of Italy“, 1820, and Sir Walter Scott‘s “Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland“, 1826, in which latter work should be especially noted “Edinburgh from the Calton Hill”. He began, in 1826, the “Views in London and its Vicinity“, engraved from drawings by Callcott, Stanfield, Roberts, Prout, Stark, Harding, Cotman, and Havell, ending with the twelfth issue just before his death. In 1833, he produced “Views of the Old and New London Bridges.” Cooke was one of the original members of the “Society of Associated Engravers”, who joined together for the purpose of engraving the pictures in the National Gallery, and two of his plates were in preparation at the time of his death. He likewise attempted engraving in mezzotint, and in that style executed a plate of ‘Arundel Castle,’ after Turner; but it was not a success, and was never published. Cooke died on 27 February 1834 at Barnes, where he was buried

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