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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: 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: 267.---Country Dance]

267.—Country Dance

Woodcut showing three people dancing; they wear eighteenth century clothing. At first I thght they were children playing, but now I think it is a formal dance featturing two men and a woman. [more...] [$]

[picture: 1052.---Border With Angels]

1052.—Border With Angels

Two female angels, winged women with bare feet and flowing robes, one with an exposed breast, stand as suppoters on either side of a blank rectangular frame suitable for inserting an announcement; [...] [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...] [$]

[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: 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...] [$]


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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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