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PRINT BY: Anon
DATE: late C18
METHOD: Line engraving, on laid paper
IMAGE SIZE: 370mm x 230mm to platemark
NOTES: A charming and entertaining print of two Scottish monuments - Abernethy Round Tower on the left and Brechin Round Tower to the right.
Both still standing today in their Scottish east coast towns, looked after by Historic Scotland, and looking much as they do in this print. These are incredibly early and intriguing buildings. They are believed to date to the late C11, and are built in the Irish manner. Apparently this style of tower is quite common in Ireland, but these are the only two still standing in Scotland. Their original function? We do not know. Look-out towers? Religious?
The print is inscribed, ‘To his Grace Alexander Duke of Gordon This Plate is most humbly Inscribed’. There is a number ‘Plate 62’ top right. There is a charming vignette at the bottom, showing two small figures, one with a telescope. Other than that, we are afraid we have no more information!
CONDITION: Good, a little light foxing showing from the rear, an old fold (possibly from being in a book), good margins all round except at the bottom, but sufficient for framing.
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