|Artist||Daniel King after Richard Newcourt|
|Published||[London, c. 1660-1670]|
|Dimensions||Image 202 x 311 mm, Sheet 207 x 315 mm|
Depiction of Gloucester Cathedral, with coat of arms in upper right, and dedication to George D. Berkley beneath.
Plate first published in Daniel King's 'The Cathedrall and Conventuall Churches of England and Wales. Orthographically delineated by D. K. anno MDCLVI' (1656).
Most of King's images were later reproduced by Wenceslaus Hollar in William Dugdale's 'Monasticon Anglicanum or The History of the Ancient Abbies, and Other Monasteries, Hospitals, Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, in England and Wales With Divers French, Irish and Scotch Monasteries Formerly Relating to England.' This work was published between the years of 1655 and 1673; an English abridgement was made available in 1718, and an enlarged six volume edition came out in fifty-four parts between 1st June 1813 and 1830.
Daniel King (c. 1616-1661) was a topographical etcher from Chester. He became a member of the Chester Painter's Company in 1639, but from 1643 spend his time between London and Chester. He worked with Sir William Dugdale in the 1650's, but eventually fell out with him. He described King as 'a most ignorant silly fellow' and later Anthony reported King was robbed by his wife and died of heartbreak.
Richard Newcourt (c.1610 - 1679) was an English topographical draughtsman and engraver. He is best known for drawing the 1658 map of London which was later engraved by William Faithorne. After the Great Fire of London he submitted a grid-plan design for rebuilding the city. It consisted of 55 identical rectangular blocks, each with a church in the centre. Although never executed, its rigid grid and block plan was likely to have been the inspiration for the layout of two American cities - Philadelphia (in 1683) and Savannah (in 1733). Newcourt was also the father of the author and notary public Richard Newcourt The Younger (d.1716).
Condition: Trimmed within plate mark. Unidentified watermark. Overall time toning and foxing. Minor puncture hole to top right.