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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: 1085.---Circular border of frame, red purple yellow and brown.]

1085.—Circular border of frame, red purple yellow and brown.

A circular frame or border, with an outer and an inner purple ring and between them, on a solid red area, alternate dark brown lozenges and purple and ellow balls in a geometric design, all with dark brown outlines. This vintage frame (or cartouche) was taken from an old woodcut, but I have coloured it to give [...] [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...] [$]

[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: 890.--Dog.]

890. – Dog.

This wood-engraving of a dog might be attributed to Thomas Bewick; the technique and style make it possible, it seems to me, but it’s far from certain. [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...] [$]


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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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