|Method||Copper engraving with hand colouring|
|Artist||William Byrne after Thomas Hearne|
|Published||London, Published 1st Jany. 1803, by W. Byrne, Titchfield Street, and T. Cadell & W. Davies, Strand.|
|Dimensions||Image 153 x 215 mm, Plate 234 x 286 mm, Sheet 266 x 345 mm|
William Byrne (1743-1805) was a landscape engraver, and publisher who trained in Paris under Wille in the early 1760s, and then worked in London. He was father of the engravers Anne Francis, Elizabeth, John, Letitia and Mary.
Thomas Hearne (1765 to 1771) was an English painter and engraver. From 1765 to 1771 Hearne studied printmaking as apprentice to the landscape engraver William Woollett. In 1771 he abandoned engraving and accompanied Sir Ralph Payne to the Leeward Islands (where Payne had just been appointed Governor), returning in 1775; several of his fastidious water colours of Antigua survive. From then on British topography was his main concern. He travelled widely in England, Scotland and Wales with Sir George Beaumont and from these excursions was able to provide 84 drawings which, engraved by William Byrne, were published as The Antiquities of Great Britain (1778-81). This series set new standards in the pictorial recording of medieval architecture