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PRINT BY: John Slezer/?
AFTER/ARTIST: John Slezer
DATE: first published 1693
IMAGE SIZE: 16.5 by 9.0 inches
NOTES: Slezer’s Theatrum Scotiae is one of the most important records of early Scotland. The first edition was published in 1693. This plate shows ‘The Prospect of their Majesties Castle of Sterling’ from the north, with the Great Hall recognisable in the centre. The Hall has recently been restored by Historic Scotland. The plates were used a number of times after Slezer’s death in 1717, so it is difficult to be sure of the exact strike. However, this print seems to be from the 1718 edition, as it does not have any series number in the bottom RH corner printed on it. It does have the correct number ‘7’ in ink in an early hand in this location. It also seems to have an original fold down the centre, as was used in the early editions. An interesting detail is the alteration in the dedication from ‘his’ to ‘their’, due to the accession of William and Mary. For a fascinating resume of Slezer’s work and publications, see Keith Cavers’s ‘A Vision of Scotland’, NLS/HMSO 1993.
CONDITION: A very good, strong sharp impression on laid paper, but the print has at some point been trimmed within the platemark. This print has been cleaned and re-margined on three edges with wove paper. There is a light fold near the top, postdating the re-margining.
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