Antique copper line engraving of the Bell Tower Salisbury, Wiltshire from The Gentleman’s Magazine published in 1819.

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From the ‘Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle

October 1819 pl.2 p.305

An original copper line engraving from the Gentleman’s Magazine, a monthly publication founded by Edward Cave in London in 1731. Artist and engraver unknown. Read more about the Gentleman’s Magazine and its illustrators.

The framed antique print is a view of the bell tower to the north-west side of the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Salisbury in Wiltshire. The tower was demolished between 1787-1790 during James Wyatt’s renovations to improve the view of the cathedral. This left Salisbury as one of three cathedrals that do not have a peal of bells. Because the tower had been destroyed by the time that this edition of the Chronicle was published, the picture was submitted by an anonymous reader.

The Norman cathedral of Old Sarum was replaced in 1220, when Bishop Richard Poore donated land in Salisbury water meadows for the building of a new cathedral and Bishopric. The Cathedral was constructed from local limestone and strengthened with Purbeck marble and is unique in England by being built entirely in one style – Early English Gothic. In addition the large cloisters, canonry, deanery, octagonal chapter house and free-standing bell tower, were all built during the C13th. Salisbury claims the tallest medieval spire in Europe at a towering 404 feet supported on braced arches, by buttressing and a crossing designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

The print is in a good clean condition and is available presented in an ivory conservation quality mount and framed with a dark walnut and gold wood frame with acrylic glazing. Price – £40.00.

Approximate dimensions are:

Mount window: 115 x 175 mm

Frame overall size: 255 x 305 mm

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg