|Artist||after Fancois Vivares after Thomas Smith of Derby|
|Published||London: Printed for J. Cooke, at the Shakespear's - Head, in Pater - Noster Row, .|
|Dimensions||Image 155 x 269 mm, Plate 174 x 290 mm, Sheet 230 x 365 mm|
A view of the Petrifying Well next to Mother Shipton's cave with the ruins of Knaresborough Castle in the background from Nathaniel Spencer's The Complete English Traveller. Operating since 1630 the Petrifying Well is England's oldest fee paying tourist attraction. The mineral content of the well is so high that it coats objects in layers of mineral deposits.
François Vivares (1709-1782) was a French landscape-engraver and publisher. He moved to London in 1727 and his earliest dated print is 1738. Vivares had a very high reputation in France, where he was regarded as one of the greatest landscape engravers, and key teacher of the British school of line-engraving.
Thomas Smith of Derby (c. 1720-1767) was a landscape painter, the father of John Raphael Smith and grandfather of John Rubens Smith.