The Antiquities of England and Wales Vol I (page 4/8)

[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: The grand Door of Barfreston Church in Kent.]

The grand Door of Barfreston Church in Kent.

On some of these arches is commonly over the key-stone represented God the Father, or our Saviour surrounded with angels; and below a melange of foliage, animals, often ludicrous, and sometimes even indecent subjects. Partly of this sort is the great [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Printer's ornament with birds]

Printer’s ornament with birds

Two birds touch beaks, perhaps a mother feeding a baby, in this printer’s ornament, used as a tailpiece (tail-piece) at the end of a chapter. The design includes a harp, [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Ornament: Cornucopia]

Ornament: Cornucopia

This antique typographic ornament was used as a chapter tail-piece at the end of a section of the preface. You could also use it as a decorative page element. This was scanned from a 1780s book, and is not perfect: I have not tried to clean it up or make it look new. It [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Druidical Antiquities]

Druidical Antiquities

Published by S. Hooper April 16, 1784; the illustration is signed Goodnight Sculpt. [more...] [$]

[picture: No. 1 from the Druidical Antiquities]

No. 1 from the Druidical Antiquities

The caption for this engraving of an obelisk just says NÂș1. [more...] [$]

[picture: Carne or Carnedd, from the Druidical Antiquities plate]

Carne or Carnedd, from the Druidical Antiquities plate

A cairn is a pile of stones or rocks used to mark a place, perhaps a burial. [more...] [$]

[picture: Kist-vain, from the Druidical Antiquities plate]

Kist-vain, from the Druidical Antiquities plate

This is an engraving of a kist-tomb. [more...] [$]


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