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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2000,0723.10

  • Description

    A man in a feathered hat standing beside his horse; a square cut out in the upper left hand corner so that type may be inserted.
    Woodblock, cut for printing

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1600-1650
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 90 millimetres
    • Width: 71 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This block was one of five purchased at the same time; some bear labels incscribed 'Mr White's collection'. They are part of a larger group that formed the stock-in-trade of a succession of printers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from about 1700 to the nineteenth century: John White; Thomas Saint; Thomas Angus; George Angus. A number were subsequently published in limited editions by Emerson Charnley in 1858 ("Specimens of Early Wood Engraving being Impressions from the Collection of Mr Charnley") and by William Dodd in 1862 ("Specimens of Early Wood Engraving: Being Impressions of Wood-cuts in the Possession of the Publisher"). Many of the blocks in the group are now in the collection of McGill University, Montreal; see C. Heppner, 'A collection of woodblocks and related material at McGill University' in The Book Collector, XXXV, 1986, pp.53-66.
    An early 18th-century print from the block lettered 'James Hind ...' (1851-3-8-319) would have been used as an illustration for a chapbook or ballad telling the story of James Hind, 'the Royalist highwayman' who was hanged for treason in 1652. Another print from the block appears in a mock execution broadside published by George Angus, c. 1810, where it serves as a portrait of Napoleon Buonaparte (1992-4-4-49). It was printed as no. 49 in Charnley's 1858 edition.

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  • Location

    c.205

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2000

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2000,0723.10


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