Tynemouth Castle frontispiece dated 1785 antique print


Tynemouth Castle, Northumberland, copper-plate engraved antique print. Original frontispiece to Vol. VI of Francis Grose’s “The Antiquities of England and Wales”, dated in the plate 30th. December 1785. Paper size approx. 11×7 inches. Nice clean example of a Georgian item over 230 years old.

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Tynemouth Castle antique print. Tynemouth Castle, Northumbria, is located on a rocky headland (known as Pen Bal Crag), overlooking Tynemouth Pier. The moated castle towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried. The coat of arms of the town of Tynemouth still includes three crowns commemorating the tradition that the Priory had been the burial place for three kings. This copper-plate engraved image of Tynemouth Castle and Priory is from: ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales’ by Francis Grose. Eight volumes published from 1772. Printed in London for Hooper and Wigstead. Artists and engravers names are recorded below each antique print, together with the date of the execution of the engraving.  Francis Grose’s interest was in the field of medieval remains, which were beginning to exercise an increasing grip on the public imagination. In 1772, he published the first part of ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales,’ a work which he unashamedly aimed at the popular market. Essentially, it targeted those who wanted to know about antiquities but had neither time nor means to visit them in person, and contained small panoramas of medieval ruins, together with an informative text on a separate page. Sometimes the text was taken from books already published, or from information supplied by other antiquaries (both acknowledged); sometimes Grose collated material himself from which he could work up an article. From 1772 onwards, he also toured the country to visit and draw sites for inclusion in The Antiquities. In all, Eight Volumes of the work were published. Thank you to Wikipedia for supplying some of the text and links concerning Waverley Abbey.

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