|Artist||Daniel King after Richard Newcourt|
|Dimensions||Image 203 x 309 mm, Plate 208 x 312 mm, Sheet 228 x 340 mm|
From Daniel King's 'The Cathedrall and Conventuall Churches of England and Wales. Orthographically delineated by D. K. anno MDCLVI' (1656).
Depiction of Worcester Cathedral, with coat of arms in upper right, and dedication to Henry Bromley beneath.
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 (1616 - 1661) was an English topographical etcher. Born and based in Chester, he was admitted to the Chester Painter's Company in 1639, and continued working there until about 1643. He then moved away from the town, but sporadically re-appeared in the Company lists until 1661. His etchings all belong to the 1650s, and all emerge from his association with Dugdale. Dugdale later fell out with King, calling him 'a most ignorant silly fellow' and 'an arrant knave'. Anthony Wood recorded that King was robbed by his wife, and died heart-broken near York House in the Strand.
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 close to platemark.