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Conway Castle Wales John Boydell antique engraving

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Conway Castle, North Wales


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Original antique topographical print


A West Prospect of Conway Castle in Caernarvon Shire' drawn and engraved by John Boydell. Published originally in 1749 by John Boydell at the Globe near Durham Yard in the Strand, this impression circa 1820. John Boydell (1719-1804) was a draughtsman, line engraver, publisher and print seller. This engraving is from a series of views of Britain aiming at demonstrating the natural beauty and history of the country to English and foreign tourists. It is an early example of his engraved work. He was to become a very important publisher in the history of English prints in the 18th century changing the print trade from an import one to an export one by the 1770s. In 1790 he became Lord Mayor of London, and in the early 1800s set up the Shakespeare Gallery in Pall Mall, selling fine engravings of paintings by the finest English painters of the day from scenes of Shakespeare.

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artist John Boydell
method Line engraving
date C1820
size 300mm by 450mm (platemark)