New Specimen of Cast-Metal Ornaments and Wood Types (page 1/4)


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

Author: Davison, William

Published by: William Davison

City: Alnwick

Date: 1840

Total items: 28

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: 1054.---Border with Mary, Jesus and Joseph]

1054.—Border with Mary, Jesus and Joseph

This frame, or cartouche, forms a decorative border around a rectangle for inserting type, such as a place-setting or perhaps an invitation to a Christening. On the left are Mary and Jesus; on the right, Joseph holding the Rod of Aaron with its serpent. According to legend, Joseph took the rod with him on the Flight to Egypt. The rod also symbolizes [...] [more...] [$]

[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: 150.---Horce racing.]

150.—Horce racing.

Two badly-drawn horses are neck-and-neck at the finish line in a horse-race, their jockeys brandishing whips. [$]

[picture: 136.---To Be Sold By Auction.]

136.—To Be Sold By Auction.

A sign saying “to be sold at auction” as if written on a heavy curtain rod, complete with pineapple finials, and with heavy fringed clothe hung over it. This woodcut or engraving might have been used as a heading over an advertisement. [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...] [$]


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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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