River Mersey Liverpool Shipbuilding
An original page from an issue of:
The Illustrated London News
DATED 1856, and is entitled:
MR LAIRD'S SHIPBUILDING YARD, LIVERPOOL
A full page engraving showing Mr Laird's yard in full swing with several hulls under construction on slipways, and other vessels half built, beneath roofed sheds. Most of these constructions appear to be of timber. There are several sailing vessels and steam ships along with what looks to be a prison hulk in the Mersey in the background. There is an article on the reverse which again states that the yard is in Liverpool, a yard occupied since 1852 in addition to that in Birkenhead. The engraving is from a sketch by Walters.
Provenance: From the Illustrated London News; Published 1856. The Illustrated London News was a newspaper founded by Herbert Ingram, with the first edition of the Illustrated London News appearing on 14 May 1842. The ILN employed many artists, illustrators and engravers to reproduce images of the news of the day. This was the only way of producing news pictures at this time; and later when photographs became available, even they had to be reproduced using an engraved process. They also employed the services of freelance artists and engravers like Gustave Dore, John Gilbert and many others.
The page measures overall approximately 400 x 275 mm (16 x 10.75 "). There are a few spots of foxing (brown spotting) and there is also a printing crease clearly visible in the scan There is some age yellowing possibly with some spotting - please check the larger picture for condition. It is printed on both sides. This item will be packaged in a tube unless otherwise requested.
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