The Antiquities of England and Wales (page 2/8)

[picture: Architecture (full page print)]

Architecture (full page print)

The characteristic marks of this [early Norman] style are these: The walls are very thick, generally without buttresses; the arches, both within and without, as well as those over [...]sic] by very solid, or rather clumsy columns, with a kind of regular base and capital: in short, plainness and solidity constitute the striking features of this method of building. nevertheless, the architects of those days sometimes deviated from this rule: their capitals were adorned with carvings of foliage, and even animals’ and their massive columns decorated with small half columns united to them, and their surfaces ornamented with spirals, squares, lozenge network and other figures, either engraved, or in relievo: various instances of these may be seen in the cathedral of Canterbury, particularly the undercroft, the monastaty at Lindisfarne or Holy Island, the cathedral at Durham, and the ruined choir at Orford in Suffolk. (p. 112) [more...]

[picture: Architecture fig. 1a, Column from Lindisfarne]

Architecture fig. 1a, Column from Lindisfarne

This engraving of a fluted column is taken from Architecture, and is one of several columns in that picture that are taken from Lindisfarne Priory, built in (or slightly after) A.D. 1093. [more...]

[picture: Front Cover, Grose's Antiquities of England and Wales, Vol I]

Front Cover, Grose’s Antiquities of England and Wales, Vol I

My copy of volume I is bound in full leather, but the boards are detached. I have Volumes one and three (and vol. three is missing the maps).

[picture: Ornament]

Ornament

A printer’s ornament from the end of a chapter or section. This one shows a knight’s helmet with a sword and arrows.

[picture: Bookplate with Crest]

Bookplate with Crest

This bookplate seems to have had the owner’s name cut off, perhaps when the book was sold. It features an heraldic crest with a fleur-de-lys and a chief ermine in a [...] [more...]

[picture: Printer's Ornament with harp and vine]

Printer’s Ornament with harp and vine

A printer’s ornament from the end of a chapter or section. This one shows a lyre or harp together with vine.

[picture: Ruins of Lindisfarne Priory]

Ruins of Lindisfarne Priory

The caption reads, History Preserving the Monuments of Antiquity. The side View of Lindisfarne, or Holy Island Monastery, Northumberland. Pub. 25 May 1781 by S. Hooper The image is signed, S. Spurrow sc. [more...]

[picture: Knight and Hermit]

Knight and Hermit

A knight in armour carrying a shield is on foot, leading his horse. He stands by a tree in front of a church or monastery door. A bearded monk beckons him in, pointing towards the open door. In a niche in the wall we see a statue of the Madonna and child. [...] [more...]


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