Dove Cottage : Lowther.7
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Print, engraving, The Bridge and part of the Village of
Rydal, Lakes, Westmorland, painted by Joseph Farington,
engraved by W Byrne and J Landseer, published by W Byrne, 69
Titchfield Street, London, 1785.
Pelter Bridge over the River Rothay, Heron Pike in the background.
Plate 20 from Views of the Lakes, &c, in Cumberland and Westmorland, published 1789.
Pasted in the Lowther scrapbook, vol.1; between pp.174-175; with descriptive text:-
VIEW near the VILLAGE of RYDAL. / THE Scene here represented includes Part of the Neighbourhood of Ambleside, which may contribute to justify the Description we gave of its Environs. Were a person at Leisure to attend to the various picturesque Situations he would meet with, he would allow the Subjects we have selected are not single instances, but are to be considered only as Specimens of the Style of the Country. The Bridge, which is thrown over the River Rothay, is happily situated in this View; and, with the Group of little Cottages near it, forms a beautiful Contrast to Rydal-fell, which rising in Alpine Grandeur, overshadows the Vale.
|source type:-||Farington 1789 (plate 20)|
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No : XX
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Drawn by Josh. Farington, R.A. / Engraved by W. Byrne & J. Landseer. / View of the BRIDGE, and Part of the VILLAGE of RYDAL. / London : Published as the Act directs. 15th. May 1789, by W. Byrne, No.79 Titchfield Street.
Scrapbook, 4 volumes, History of Westmorland and Cumberland Illustrated, of descriptive texts, maps, and prints of views and coats of arms, for Westmorland and Cumberland, assembled by a member of the Lowther Family, late 18th early 19th century.
The volumes are quarter bound, with marbled paper on the covers; each has a bookplate inside the front cover. The pages cut from various sources are nicely mounted, two sided pieces set neatly in a window in the scrapbook page.
The main content is the whole of the two volumes of The History and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland, by Joseph Nicolson and Richard Burn, published London, 1777. Nicolson and Burn volume 1 is in scrapbook volumes 1 and 2, volume 2 in scrapbook volumes 3 and 4. Maps and prints are interspersed to make an illustrated version of the history.
Some of the sources of maps and prints have been recognised:-
Maps - coast of Cumberland etc by Andrew Dury, 1764; Westmorland and Cumberland by Richard Blome, 1673; sheets from Britannia Depicta, Emanuel Bowen, 1720; Cumberland by John Speed, Henry Overton edn 1695; Cumberland by John Cary 1787.
Prints from the Set of prints, 20 engravings, Views of the Lakes etc in Cumberland and Westmorland, drawn by Joseph Farington, published by William Byrne, London, 1789. Note that plate numbers vary from edition to edition of this set.
Prints from the Antiquities of Great Britain, drawings by Thomas Hearne, engraved by William Byrne, published by Hearne and Byrne, London, 1786-1807.
Prints from Britannia Illustrata, drawings by Leonard Knyff, engraved by John Kip, published London, 1707-1740.
Print from A Tour in England and Scotland, by Thomas Newte, published by G G J and J Robinson, Paternoster Row, London, 1788..
Some of the coat of arms are cut from A Display of Heraldrie by John Guillim late Pursuivant at Armes, published London, about 1610-11 to 1755.
Coats of arms probably from The Baronetage of England, by Edward Kimber and Richard Johnson, published London? 1771.
Pages from The Antiquarian Repertory, by Francis Grose, Thomas Astle, et al, published London, 1775-1809.
Text from the Baronetage of England by Collins?
Scraps cut from an unidentified gazetteer.
At the end is the title page and pp.7-51 from A General View of the Agriculture of the County of Cumberland, by John Bailey and George Culley, published by C Macrae, London, 1794.
Individual maps and prints are documented separately; with a note of their position in the scrapbooks.
inscription:- : embossed: label on spine: (tatty remains): HI[ ] / [ ]/WEST[ ]M[ ] / [ ] / CUM[ ]M[ ] / ILLUS[ ]T[E ] inscription:- : printed & embossed: bookplate: gold on grey; crest, 6 annulets from the coat of arms, flowers, thistles: LOWTHER