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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: 885.---Tightrope artist with table and candles and dwarf.]

885.—Tightrope artist with table and candles and dwarf.

On a styilized stage a woman sits on a tightrope with a three-legged table holding two lit candles and other items; she is holding two cups and perhaps will juggle. She wears a feather i her cap and is smiling. Beneath her a man, perhaps a dwarf, holds a large hat is if to catch something dropped, and there is also a wooden chair on the stage. The man [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 894.---Full-page border with laurel-leaf frame]

894.—Full-page border with laurel-leaf frame

This rectangular full-page border contains an inner oval frame or cartouche made from laurel leaves, used to symbolize victory. [more...] [$]

[picture: 1048.---Border with Evangelists]

1048.—Border with Evangelists

I think the two bearded men depicted here, each holding a pen and page, are Saint Matthew (with the angel) and Saint John (with the cross). This wood-engraving might be [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1050.---Border with Bishops]

1050.—Border with Bishops

Ths border features a bishop with a crook, another with a TV antenna, a cross, pillars, the letters IHS, and wiggly lines. It’s all a bit crooked, but there [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 140.---To be sold by Auction.]

140.—To be sold by Auction.

A man, the auctioneer, smartly dressed with jacket and cravat, sits at an auctioneer’s bench with a gavel held up in one hand. Underneath him the legend, “To be sold by Auction.” [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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