An original print from copper engraving

A 1775 print from copper engraving, from the date stated and not a later reproduction.


Hulne Abbey, Northumberland. plate 11

Engraved by Pye and dated Nov 21 1774. Hulne Abbey or Priory is situated in Hulne Park near Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. A monastery founded in the 13th century by the Carmelites, or White Friars. There is text describing the scene in old English on the front and reverse, which is printed on hand laid paper. Laid paper is a type of paper having a ribbed texture imparted by the manufacturing process. In the pre-mechanical period of European papermaking (from the 12thC into the 19thC), laid paper was the predominant kind of paper produced. Its use, however, diminished in the 19th century being replace with woven manufactured papers.

Provenance: The Antiquities of England and Wales"; by Francis Grose, Printed for S. Hooper, 25 Ludgate Hill, London MDCCLXXV (1775) etc.


It is printed on laid paper which is blank on the reverse. It is in a good clean condition with a little age yellowing. The overall page including measures 310 x 220 mm (12 x 8.5 inches) approx. The engraved area measures 155x100mm (6x4") approx. The borders of this copper line engraving bears the indent marking from the printing process. This print inevitably would have been originally bound in a book at some time - please check the larger picture for condition. This item will be shipped flat in a board backed envelope.

Our use of the term "an original print" in this case, is a pictorial image made in a manner which allows it to be multiplied, and originating from the date stated. This includes examples of various methods of printmaking including engravings, etchings, woodcuts etc. Inevitably many of these prints would have originally been bound in books.

Condition Used
Weight 0.1kg