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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: 160.--Horse and Carriage.]

160. – Horse and Carriage.

This woodcut is similar to Fig. 159, except that the carriage and horses are moving to the right, the wheels are smaller, and the spokes are drawn to give an effect of rapid motion. [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: 888.---Octagonal Border with starbursts.]

888.—Octagonal Border with starbursts.

A vintage border that would look well with Christmas or holiday items. [$]

[picture: 8800.---Soldiers.]

8800.—Soldiers.

This image was almost certainly made to have text inserted in the central black rectangle. If you do this, you should probably first fill the rectangle with solid black. [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...] [$]


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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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