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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: 147.---Horse and trainer.]

147.—Horse and trainer.

A man wearing jodhpurs, tall boots and a hat leads an unsaddled horse in a circle; he carries a whip. [$]

[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: 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...] [$]

[picture: 892.---Oval Frame With Leafy Branches]

892.—Oval Frame With Leafy Branches

This oval frame has two different kinds of branch, with leaves, on either side, and a ribbon on the top. [more...] [$]

[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...] [$]


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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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