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Some engravings from William Davison’s New Specimen of Cast-Metal Ornaments and Wood Types, printed at Alnwick, Northumberland, in about 1840.

William Davison’s printing house was well-known for many years; he is also known for having corresponded with the famous engraver Thomas Bewick, and some of the engravings in the specimen book appear to be by Bewick and are marked with a B in the book.

The images do not have captions in the printed specimen book, just numbers.

Title: New Specimen of Cast-Metal Ornaments and Wood Types

Author: Davison, William

Published by: William Davison

City: Alnwick

Date: 1840

Total items: 29

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: 159.---Horse and Carriage.]

159.—Horse and Carriage.

At one time people had different names for different sorts of carriage. This one is like a stage coach. It is enclosed, with a door, and windows either side of the door each bearing a star, and also with seats up on the outside. There are five people seated outside as well as the [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 168.---Lovers in the bushes.]

168.—Lovers in the bushes.

A gentleman and a woman, the man with a formal jacket with long tails and the woman with a long dress and a broad-brimmed hat or bonnet walk through bushes and trees, arm in arm. [more...] [$]

[picture: 1052.---Border With Saint and Surfer]

1052.—Border With Saint and Surfer

This border includes neoclassical columns supporting a rectangular space for the insertion of text; on one side is what i took at first to be a cool barefoot surfer dude with sunglasses bus it probably meant to be a prophet, and on the other side a bearded man with a halo and spear, perhaps Saint Longinus who pierced the side of [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 887.---Men Skating At Night.]

887.—Men Skating At Night.

Five men are skating on a frozen pond at night, leaving trails in the ice. They smile. They are wearing top hats and eighteenth-century dress. One of them carries a cane. In the background, wintry trees. [more...] [$]

[picture: 890.--Dog.]

890. – Dog.

This wood-engraving of a dog might be attributed to Thomas Bewick; the technique and style make it possible, it seems to me, but it’s far from certain. [more...] [$]


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Some engravings from William Davison’s New Specimen of Cast-Metal Ornaments and Wood Types, printed at Alnwick, Northumberland, in about 1840.

William Davison’s printing house was well-known for many years; he is also known for having corresponded with the famous engraver Thomas Bewick, and some of the engravings in the specimen book appear to be by Bewick and are marked with a B in the book.

The images do not have captions in the printed specimen book, just numbers.


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